On the way to work yesterday morning there was a presidential campaign sign on the side of the interstate. Just one. On the side of the interstate. In January.
My first thought was to be mad. Can they do that? Can people start stabbing presidential signs into the ground already? It’s January; why isn’t the ground in Maine frozen? (I will get on the case of both Jack Frost and Old Man Winter.) Last election I didn’t see signs until September. This is ridiculous.
Then I realized the sign is probably just hitching a ride. He fell off the bandwagon, woke up in a ditch, and walked up to the road to thumb it. I’m sure when I go back through he’ll be gone, picked up by some old VW van on the way to warmer climes.
Back to this pervasive problem, though. If political supporters can use public property to spread their presidential agenda, then can’t I do it, too? I can understand if I was to go out and take down the signs for the candidates I don’t like; that would be wrong. However, my political agenda is to not have to look at any signs along public thoroughfares. Ever. In that regard, I would prefer to head out and remove all political signs from the side of the road. I’m not biased; they all need to go. They are an eyesore. They are litter. They are packed so closely together that you can’t distinguish one from another anyway. They need to go, and I’m willing to make a political statement.
Monkeys, roll out!