Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stop stealing our signs

I wonder if this letter will resonate with the small town Ohio folks who read the newspaper I sent it to:
Is this America? Across the country, entire towns are seeing the disappearance of yard signs for Senator Obama. People who have paid their own money to show their pride in their candidate are having their property stolen by those who for some reason are filled with hatred and contempt for the American political system.

Theft of yard signs is a crime. It is much more than that, though. When you steal a campaign sign, you spit on the American flag. Stealing a sign is a demonstration that you don't respect the rights to free speech and private property we are guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

I am here in Ohio, the state in which I grew up, to volunteer on a presidential campaign. Those of us who believe in change and progress have quit or suspended our regular jobs and come to the big states to work for a better America. Why is it that one side of this campaign is busy working day and night for this country while the other side, instead of working for their candidate and what he stands for, chooses to steal signs, vandalize cars with Obama stickers, rile up hatred for our candidate based on lies and misinformation, and accuse us of voter fraud after we've worked hard to register first time voters and have seen results? Why not take that negative energy and use it to do something positive for your campaign?

I realize that in smaller towns like Sidney, there is a lot of fear of the unknown. The economy is in shambles, people are losing their homes, and a guy with a funny name is running for President of the United States. But this is America, folks. Our ancestors came here from all over the world and built the strongest country on Earth. We will overcome our difficulties, but not if we continue to cling to the past instead of looking to the future. As Albert Einstein once said, "We can't solve our problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Don't fear change. Embrace it. Wrap it around you and revel in the possibilities it brings. Believe and trust in the promise of America.

Stop stealing our yard signs. Not only is it illegal, but it is downright un-American.
It's become an American epidemic.

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