Greetings to the vandal(s) who spray-painted over my handmade campaign signs Saturday night while I was out of town. Actually, I wanted to say to you directly that I also have wanted to do the same thing that you did to me — but to the “other guy’s” signs whenever I see them.
So, I partially can understand your motivation. However, what stops me from acting on my first impulse is an appreciation for the American political system, which grants free speech to all (as long as it is not hurtful words). Because of that freedom, we have many perspectives to consider intelligently in order to cast a vote for the best representative possible from the field of candidates. I admit to being passionate about my candidate. And I can see from your spray paint that you are passionate about yours, too. But there are better ways to make use of your political enthusiasm.
Hey vandal: How about the next time that you feel like picking up a spray can or talking back to the reporter on the news that you disagree with, instead you get creative and make a sign that supports all of the things that you like about your guy? That’s what I did. Or are you against creativity, too?
Anyone who wishes to paint a sign about dreams for a better world is welcome to do so. Why not? As long as your words are inspiring, and not hateful, of course. This is an invitation to all artists and passionate people in our community to get out your old buckets of paint, find a board and some brushes and make a statement that will show your neighbors how you feel and what you truly believe in. We only get to do this once every four years. Make it a fun project. Bring your sense of humor. Let your kids help so that they can start to appreciate this great country, as well.
It only takes a few hours and a little paint. Express whatever your core value is. Take just one word — Peace, Equality, Truth, or whatever else — and make a statement for all to see. If we all do it, there won’t be enough vandals and spray paint to cover up all of our heartfelt messages for a better world. So what are you waiting for, Steamboat? Let’s show this vandal that freedom of speech is here to stay.