I'm always of two minds about putting up political yard signs. On the one hand, some sort of latent Britishness within me feels badly about imposing my views on others. It seems almost... well, almost impolite, in a neurotic way. On the other hand, many people seem to have no such scruples, so I'm not sure that I should give in to that particular neurosis.
The other night, when the GHR and I went for a walk, we cut through the road that has been blocked off, preventing traffic from flowing from the new development over the hill and our own tidy little town. The blockade itself has always struck me as inexplicably odd, and frustrating to me as an inveterate seeker of perceived "short-cuts".
However, upon cutting through the gap in the barricade, we found that we had entered... McPalin land. A half-dozen signs within moments of entering the neighbourhood, to one Obama / Biden sign. And it made me realise a couple of things:
- Missouri is, after all, a swing state at the moment. Every vote could potentially count.
- Somewhere out there are people so capricious that they will vote based on the number of political signs that they see. We can affect that number, even by a factor of one. We can also make people wonder: why are they putting signs in their yard? And the curiosity may well drive them to deciding to put signs in their yards, or stickers on their cars, too.
- Finally, I really dislike McPalin. I've probably already established that, but especially in light of the last few days, it seems relevant to say.
So yesterday it was over to the county Democratic Party headquarters for me. I came back with three, to add to the one already up for the local democratic candidate for the State House of Representatives. Now the signs are up, all in a row:
(I just walked out into the cold, wet grass in my bare feet to take this photo, which was not my brightest idea ever, but expedient - I hope you enjoy the photo).
This is not a time for delicate feelings. It is a time to get these cretins out of office once and for all, not to perpetuate more of the same. I feel the urge to volunteer coming on...