August 25, 2004

Yard Signs

We did it. We got a Bush/Cheney yard sign. It actually hasn't made it off the front porch yet, due to a long-winded discussion (who us?) about whether it should be stuck in the tree lawn, hung on the fence or hung on the porch rail, but we have one. I've never actually put a yard sign out before. I had a Bush/Quayle sign in my dorm room that I got when I went to hear Bush the Elder speak in 1992, but I've never put out a sign before where the world at large could see it.

My neighbors with their Kerry signs don't seem to agonize over what people will think of them if they put out a sign. I wonder why I worry so much? Why does putting a political sticker on the back of my car or a political sign in my yard cause me such stress. I want to make my opinions known. I'm not wishy-washy. I've never even understood the concept of the "undecided voter."

And yet here I am, nervous about sticking out a yard sign. What will the neighbors think? "There go the property values -- we have Republicans next door, eeeeeeewwwwww!" Some how I doubt it. Though maybe, since that's sort of my reaction to the opposing side's signs.

But we have the sign. It will be stuck out there somewhere soon. Getting the sign was a hard first step and putting it up for all to see isn't easy either, but it is going up -- eventually.


Interesting. I have about 20 years on you and this is the first year ever that I put a political (or any other type) bumper sticker on my car: W-04. If all of us quiet Bush-backers speak out, will it make a difference?

Posted by: Earth Girl at August 26, 2004 06:59 AM

I,too,have been suffering angst over my "W" bumper sticker. I am concerned about being confronted by frothing liberals in the supermarket parking lot. I am concerned about vandalism. My yard sign has not yet arrived, but I await with trepidation. I have the feeling placing it on my lawn will be about as futile as placing a pumpkin on my porch for Halloween.

Posted by: Caroline at August 26, 2004 09:12 AM

I put out my Bush/Cheney yardsign on Saturday. It only took three days for the obnoxious couple next door to put up a Kerry/Edwards sign to rival mine. They don't know that the entire neighborhood despises them for painting their house bright green, purple, teal and navy blue. Their ears must have been burning at Saturday's block party!
Anyway, I am hoping their ugly color scheme turns people against their candidate.

Posted by: David G. Kern at August 26, 2004 10:36 AM

Jordana, I know what you mean. I felt the same way about putting the bumper sticker (oval W'04 one) on the back of my vehicle, especially since Aidan is at a new school this year. "What will people think???" I got over that when I went to the parking lot and saw a few John Kerry stickers. Obviously, they weren't worried, so why should I be?

Unfortunately, we live in one of those fascist HOA controlled zones and lawn signs are verboten. I am hosting a "Party for the President" on 9/2 - the last evening of the RNC convention. I will have a lawn sign out for that evening (with balloons!) if only to highlight my house. Today I'm biting the bullet and putting up flyers on our collective mailboxes to invite neighborhood folks to the party.

I'm coming out . . . Hahahah!

Posted by: Athena at August 27, 2004 09:25 AM

PLease tell me.Where did you find a yard sign? I have a house in La and one in Ms and cannot find ANYWHERE !!
Lots of Kerry signs,though !
Please help the cause . Both of my houses are in stratigical areas with lots of visibility !
Madeleine Nunez

Posted by: madeleine at September 13, 2004 10:32 AM

I stumbled onto this site and couldn't believe my eyes. What are all of you afaid of? I live in a heavily Democrap area and I had my sign out in April 04. Remember the only thing Necessary for evil to flourish is for good men and women to DO Nothing! Hope this helps. Remember what is at stake... the terrorists don't want to talk, they want us exterminated!!

Posted by: Chris at September 26, 2004 08:37 PM

I live in the liberal city of Minneapolis. I've never put a bumper sticker on my car, but I got so sick of seeing Kerry stickers everywhere that I put on a W-04 sticker about a month ago. Since then my car has been vandalized twice. The first was on the night of Bush's speech at the convention. I left my car in a parking lot that was close to a bunch of Kerry sign holders that were at an intersection. The first was just a hit and run dent to my trunk. I returned home yesterday to find my windshield smashed and stratches all over my car and a dent in my roof. Of course it could just be a coincidence, but the fact that it didn't happen in the first five years I've owned my car, and both incidents have occured since I put the bumpersticker on got me thinking...

Posted by: Keri at October 4, 2004 02:35 PM

I found your site trying to find yard signs and had to stop and laugh because that is exactly what I had been thinking. We have only lived in our house 4 weeks and it's in a brand new neighborhood so we're wanting to get to know our neighbors blah, blah, blah and I thought that maybe that would alienate them. Anyway, we put it up and it has since "fallen" down each night. Hence my search for more yard signs, 50 ought to do!!

Posted by: Heather at October 19, 2004 04:58 PM