Yard Signs

Sunday my city council person, a young guy who’s about to vote in his third election, came by promoting a candidate. I like the guy, and I was already behind his candidate, and we had a short political chat after he’d asked me if I wanted to put up a yard sign. I said, “No.”

Why not? Plenty of people do… He didn’t say that, but I think the question was in his mind. Instead, like the good politician he is, he said, “I understand.” But I didn’t think he did so I explained.

It’s funny that often our parents think we don’t listen to them but we do and one of the conversations I remember is my parents and aunts (?) talking about voting. I told the city council member about their philosophy and he’d never heard of such a thing. I said, “I think it was normal for their time. People needed each other — just like we do in this small town — so they didn’t publicize their politics. They believed — and said — “A man’s vote (back then ‘man’ meant human) is his business. It’s between a man and his conscience and it’s disrespectful to ask anyone how he’s going to vote.”

The city council member said, “I can see that.”

“Yeah,” I said, “it meant fewer disagreements between people.”

I also think, though I didn’t say it, regardless of who gets elected, when it’s all over and the stooge, I mean candidate, is inaugurated, and the new government takes over, it’s pretty much business as usual. That’s what we hope for, anyway. By respecting the sanctity of the voting booth, and every person’s right to vote his/her own conscience (in my day ‘he’ is a gender loaded pronoun), we make that easier.

But I’m (not) the first to admit that as presidential elections go, this is the most surreal of my substantially MORE than three experiences voting for that office.


12 thoughts on “Yard Signs

  1. Normally I’m fairly apolitical, and a bit cynical about the whole political b.s. nowadays.

    The first U.S. elections that I really paid attention to were the two that involved Barak Obama, because he seemed to me to be a classy, intelligent, even visionary leader who had the misfortune of being ahead of his time, trying to deal with an opposition that slashed his every move at the knees. I’m no pundit, but I liked President Obama, his philosophy, and his ethics, which is more than I’ve said about anyone in either of our countries since the days of Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

    This time around, I couldn’t even bear to watch the debate because I simply cannot stand one of the candidates. I think even the status quo would be preferable to seeing that one get elected, and the mere possibility of that happening is terrifying to me.

    I think of the quote, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” which seems now to be a worldwide self-fulfilling prophesy; and I wonder where this beleaguered old planet will end up once all the dust settles.

    • Yep. It was worth watching the debate because he who shall not be named really got shot down and repeatedly. It was the most encouraging experience I’ve had in a while vis-a-vis this whole thing. I also got to see what his appeal is for certain voters and I saw in him every man whose ever hurt me — from the boss who yelled at me in front of the office staff to the husband that kicked me down the stairs and told me that without him I’d be in the gutter in the month. Those people — and they’re too common — are who HWSNBN is. I’m glad I saw that and “got” it.

  2. Not discussing politics and your vote seems like such a civil, peaceful way to get through an election. I only talk politics with those I know agree with me; I avoid the topic if I’m not certain, because I become uncomfortable quickly when voices are raised over politics. That said, I watched every minute of the debate then went to bed happy. The next morning I was even happier when my bright, millennial granddaughter sent me a text: “As a woman, I could never vote for Donald Trump.” Yay!

    • In this bastion of conservatism I’ve seen only one T sign. I think that says pretty much everything about the way people feel here. There is lots more interest in local politics and while I wasn’t here for any other presidential elections, there are silos painted boldly with McCain/Palin, Romney/Ryan, Bush/??? but there is a silo that is very obviously without any writing on it.

      I see in T every man who mistreated me throughout my working life…. 😦

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