Saturday, August 16, 2008
Political intimidation: not just for banana republics and Russians
We live on a major road with hundreds of cars and trucks passing each day. Maybe even thousands. The last two years I have posted democratic candidates' signs all over my yard--maybe 6-7 last year. I picked up a newspaper one day and our house was pictured, marking the beginning of campaign season!
A couple of years ago, the Hillary sign in our neighbors front yard was flattened when a car left the road, drove across their yard and took it out. Last year their candidate signs and ours were stolen by a guy in a pickup working for the republican party. I suppose he could have been working for the green party, but seems unlikely.
I wrote essays to the newspaper which were printed, saying if I had gotten the plate number I would have called the sheriff for trespassing.
While Ithaca, which may be the most progressive town in the US, is a few miles to our west, there are hundreds of miles of rural hills and valleys in every other direction. I guess there might be a few rednecks and republicans out that way, who drive along our road.
Truthfully? I want to put up Obama signs in the yard but I wonder what might happen.