Anti-Candidate Political Signs, Freedom of Speech or Immature?
Patch bloggers have written about having political signs stolen from their front yard and the posts have generated more than 70 comments. What do you think?
What are your thoughts of vandalism of political signs?
A Patch reader recently blogged about people stealing the anti-Romney signs in her yard; so far the story has gathered more than 70 comments.
Inspired by a Highland Park resident who wrote about people trespassing and stealing political signs from her yard, Local Voices blogger Jennifer Mcquet writes that she has lived elsewhere “yet only in Winnetka have our signs been trashed and several of our car stickers removed. … Is the line of what’s acceptable free speech different in 60093?”
Unacceptable to Ruin Private Property
Most users agreed that ruining private property is unacceptable and can happen to supporters of both political parties.
“Everyone gets their signs stolen - both Democrats and Republicans. If you put up signs, you run the risk of them getting torn down. That's the way it is and it's not going to change,” Claire Hill wrote.
Patch user Catherine Karabas wrote that she’s had four election signs stolen out of her front yard.
"I think it's kids, because adults surely understand that stealing a sign won't change my vote. That said, elections are serious and especially this year, when people feel so much is at stake, I feel it lacks integrity to make 'sophomoric' humor about the opposing candidate instead of just supporting yours. Our kids are watching us,” Karabas wrote.
Juvenile Sense of Humor
Other users echoed Karabas’ comment and said the signs — “You’re doggone right I’m for Obama!” and “Dogs Against Romney. Pee Here!” — are immature and unnecessary.
“If this conversation is about expressing yourself, then shouldn't people have the right to protest signs that they find offensive? I agree that taking down a neighbor's political sign is a violation of personal property and free speech, but I also know that pulling down one's pants to pee on a yard sign is a violation of the law. Jennifer's sign encourages immature children to do just that, and frankly, I find it digusting. Please keep your political opinions and your private parts to yourself,” Patch user Claire Hill wrote.
Marie-Helene wrote: “The signs are funny if you have a juvenile sense of humor. Otherwise, the signs are just crass.”
Great Sense of Humor
Some Patch users wrote that they appreciated Mcquet’s humor during this election season.
“Your signs make my tail wag! In fact, I think they are downright brilliant. We need more humor in this election. I'm going to do a drive-by with my dogs and let them take a quick pee stop in a show of solidarity,” Betsy Brint wrote.
Glad to be from Glencoe wrote: “Go Jen for having the courage and sense of humor to put up a wacky sign that goes against the grain of severely conservative (and humorless apparently) Winnetka. Honestly, I don't know how you are able to live there at all, I almost throw up when exposed to the entitlement, feelings of superiority, and lack of generosity of that town. Maybe not everyone is like that but there sure are a high concentration of people that way!”
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Correction: In a previous version of this article we incorrectly stated that the signs were homemade.