Campaign signs are like dandelions: cute at first, and often mistaken for flowers. Given time, however, dandelions — and campaign signs — quickly spread. Soon the landscape is covered with political signs, seemingly with no end in sight.
Should citizens be forced to deal with this? Put another way, “should politicians be allowed to advertise?”
How can you ask a candidate to stop advertising his or her campaign? In fact, most locations that have posted a political sign have granted permission to the campaign. Sure, some signs are located in places that are off limits to propaganda, and those are usually promptly removed.
I will be up front here: I operate a company that supplies these signs. So, my career interest is in support of campaign signs. But, the one I had in my yard this past election season was not printed by my company. The sign was a source of pride for me. It said who I was and what I believed in. I flew the sign like I would a Chicago Cubs flag. I wanted that candidate to win and I wanted others to join me.
Why shouldn't homeowners or business owners post their beliefs on their lawns, in windows, or on cars like a banner of personal pride? We can protest yard sign placement, saying the landscape is being tarnished by the site of rectangular plastic, or we can support our candidate by placing his or her name badge in our yards.
A politician has to be allowed to advertise. Without this privilege, first-time candidates would be sunk. In this respect, yard signs are also helpful to voters. You might not have known about the rising political star in your neighborhood had it not been for the sign you saw stuck in your neighbor’s lawn.
Display your sign unless it violates a local law. Encourage others to do the same. I say this not to promote my business, but to keep alive our system of electing our officials. Like dandelions, campaign signs are temporary. You get a seasonal break.
Just don’t get me started on mailers.