Signs of the Times

Campaign yard signs are sprouting all over the neighborhood.
by Jim Fair | Source: Catholic.net

Every four years a hallowed and traditional form of mass media reappears across America for a few weeks.

I’m talking, of course, about the campaign yard sign.  This isn’t a media form that demands great imagination or artistic expression.  The only requirements are bright colors and big letters.  The only piece of information that a yard sign must have is the last name of a particular candidate, for example:  SNODGRESS.

A more complicated sign will include the office being contested:  SNODGRASS FOR CONGRESS.

If party affiliation would seem to be of benefit to the candidate, it may be included:  SNODGRASS, COMMUNIST FOR CONGRESS.

In my neighborhood the signs sprouted a couple weeks ago in lawns all over town.  Being somewhat politically involved, I put three signs in my yard:  One for my local congressman, an ardent pro-lifer; a second for a national candidate who also is pro-life; and a “generic” sign that said “Vote for Life.”

I’ve been putting signs in the yard for years.  In fact, the “Vote for Life” sign has been up for half a dozen elections. 

There are signs for various candidates and causes all over my neighborhood.  Some of the candidates, in my view, aren’t worth the paper their signs are printed on.  But I always figure that this is America and people have the right to back whatever manner of fruitcake or nut case appeals to them.

But in my neighborhood, freedom of political expression is taking a beating.  The sign I put up for the national pro-life candidate was torn down.  I put it back up, and it was taken – as was the “Vote for Life” sign.  Oddly, the sign for my local congressman remains, perhaps because whoever took the other signs doesn’t know how committed my congressman is to life.

Frankly, I’m pretty persistent about putting up signs, so I got another one for the national candidate and put it under the light by the front door, figuring whoever took the last one might be too timid to come right up to the house.  I don’t have a mean dog, but I do have a squawky parrot.  And I’m pretty sure he is pro-life.



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Published by: Ann Erwin
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
At this crucial time of election in the USA, I believe there should be a church or two in every diocese in the USA that remains open the night of Nov. 3-4 for Eucharistic Adoration. We cannot pray enough for the good outcome of this election, that people will choose LIFE over every other issue in voting for candidates. If you can get this message out to people, they can ask their bishop or pastor to consider doing this. Thank you

Published by: Ann Erwin
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
At this crucial time of election in the USA, I believe there should be a church or two in every diocese in the USA that remains open the night of Nov. 3-4 for Eucharistic Adoration. We cannot pray enough for the good outcome of this election, that people will choose LIFE over every other issue in voting for candidates. If you can get this message out to people, they can ask their bishop or pastor to consider doing this. Thank you

Published by: Ann Erwin
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
At this crucial time of election in the USA, I believe there should be a church or two in every diocese in the USA that remains open the night of Nov. 3-4 for Eucharistic Adoration. We cannot pray enough for the good outcome of this election, that people will choose LIFE over every other issue in voting for candidates. If you can get this message out to people, they can ask their bishop or pastor to consider doing this. Thank you

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