I was almost convinced that I’d been a bit too harsh when talking about the increased rate of Bush campaign signs being defaced and destroyed. Right up until this morning when I went out for the paper and saw my sign – the one that’s been in my yard now for a few weeks – torn out of the ground and parts of the frame that hold it up missing completely. Random vandalism? So how was it my sign got taken down and all of the Kerry signs in sight (3 in all) are standing untouched?
Hey, you don’t know it had anything to do with members of the DNC or the left. You don’t know their motivations. It’s just vandalism, nothing more.
The motivations of this person or these people could not be more clear. They didn’t tear down all the signs in everyone’s yards or even just the signs on this side of the street. It was my sign – the only Bush/Cheney sign visible on the street when viewed from the corner – that got the vandal treatment. They aimed right at this one and what separated this sign from the others could not be more clear. The motivation was a political one, and the chance that these people were Republicans or someone from the right-wing side of the political spectrum is vanishingly small.
I’m going out today to get the materials to put it back up again and it will stay up through election day if I have to put it up with 1-inch steel pipes.
Update: It’s official, by the way. My neighbor let me know last night that he’d seen the culprits driving up the main road our street is attached to. These folks stopped, backed up, zoomed up to the front of my house and let 1 person out. That person ran up into my yard, ripped my sign out of the yard and rand back to the car. Only this person’s incompetence kept him or her from taking the sign completely as they dropped the actual sign itself and took only half of the metal hanging frame. I fashioned a replacement leg for the frame out of a coat hanger and it’s back up in the yard as of this morning. We’ll see if the Kerry supporters in this county can manage to endure my exercise of 1st Amendment rights for the next 36 hours or so.