Skip to comments.Can We Post Our Campaign Signs On Your Lawn?
Posted on 09/07/2005 8:45:00 PM PDT by Old_Mil
What would you have done?
This evening the wife of a gentleman running for our local school board stopped by my house (well situated on a corner) to ask if she could post campaign signs for her husband who was running for the local school board.
I didn't know either of them, so I said, "if you don't mind, first could you tell me what platform he's running on?"
"Oh," she said, "it's nothing strange. We moved here from out of state and have three girls and want to make sure that the school doesn't cut programs because of budget cuts. We're doing it for the children."
"Are you guys Republicans or Democrats?" I asked?
"Nonpartisan" she said.
"Hmm," I said, "I'll tell you what. I'm a fairly conservative Republican. I think that property taxes are already out of control and we're spending too much money on a failed system of public education. The last thing our schools need are more 'programs'. So thanks for stopping by, but I honestly don't think that I can support your platform."
She seemed shocked - but left.
What would you have done?
Would have done what you did... find out if you support the candidate before you put him on your lawn...
A reasoned and reasonable response.
What would I have done?
I won't have posted it here, for starters.
You did just fine.
I would have been standing behind you yelling, "Smackdown!" as I slammed the door.
But I'm one of those unsocialized homeschooling mothers.
Here's my jaded view:
"funding for school programs" = we want to raise property taxes to fund programs that you will read about and ask 'what the bleep?'
"nonpartisan" = we're liberals and know we're unpopular and the minority, so we don't want to admit it.
When I hear "bi-partisan" or "non-partisan;" that's not the candidate for me.
I would have done exactly what you did.
No putting those signs here.
If something similar happens, I hope I remember how adroitly you handled it.
Sounds like you did great!
You did a great job. Now check with the others running and see what their platforms are. Or start a campaign to cut school spending.
They're doing it for the children..
Panic Alert !!!!
I might have been arrested for waving a shotgun in their face..
I despise political signs all over front yards anyway so I guess I'll have to say I agree with you.
Exactly what you did. You hit it out of the park
I have a "No Soliciting" sign on my door. I'd've told her I couldn't support a school board candidate who couldn't get his wife to learn to read.
Give her a break.
Would that be the Board of Education?
Although you handled it the right way, I would have probably said "Great! Get me as many of your signs as you can and I will make sure they get the treatment they deserve". The local garbage truck would be a little fuller on its next pick-up.
Give her an 'Al Bundy'.
Say absolutely nothing for about 2 seconds... then just slam the door shut.
Before you can put a sign in my yard you get run over the grille.
Where do you stand on the 2nd Amendment?
Do you stand with the US constitution as written? (ESP. if they are on the school board, are they going to TEACH the Constitution???)
if it is School board, what kind of curriculum do they want? Where do you stand on vouchers?
Condoms on bananas? no history? no founding fathers? No sign on my yard!!!!!!
You better want reading, writing and math REAL math. AND the goal should be teaching the kids, not a jobs program for incompetent teachers.
Bravo! Nicely done.
Great response. I would've had my Rottweiler escort them off of my property.
You handled this great. You can respectfully disagree with neighbors and still be civil. Make them a batch of chocolate chip cookies, take them by and show them the TRUE conservative Republican attitude.......maybe they will convert!!! LOLOL
I would have done what you did, but might have asked them why if they had moved someplace from out of state they were running for office? I personally think the idea of learning about a place before you start telling everyone how to run things might be a good idea.
And then, I would have cited Mark Twain's famed remark:
''One day, G-d made a jackass, for practice. The next day, He made a school board.''
LOL - I'm reminded of my mother (now deceased) who some years ago received a telephone call from a representative of the local teachers' union, urging her to vote for a bond issue regarding the schools. My mother said to the caller, "Why thank you so much for calling. I wasn't aware there was a special election for this bond issue. From what I see, the kids are never in school here anyway so how can they be learning anything. Now that I know about the special election I will make sure I vote and I will vote to defeat it. Thanks again for calling to let me know"
We always got a kick out of that and could picture the look on the caller's face when she/he heard what this little old lady said.
Way to go!
That sounds exactly how I would have handled it. As long as you aren't rude, being straightforward and honest is the way to go.
Yes, you did the right thing. I wouldn't have been so polite, but I rarely do the right thing.
Whenever any politician says, "It's for the children.", you can bet your last dime it ain't for the children.
I don't think i_dont_chat was directing that in a negative way towards the poster.
I think he was saying he coudn't write on a family web site what he would have said to the person asking to put signs on the lawn.
But I could be wrong.
I would have informed her that education neither begins nor ends in school.
Unpack your panties, we have hall monitors running out our trouser cuffs.
Sounds to me like you did exactly the right thing.
Did the people move there from Ithaca?
Lifting My glass to you.. Old Mil
I'm sure someone will be coming around asking to put up signs on our lawn cause our town is so small. Thanks for all the suggestions for good answers to questions like that. I'm NEVER good at quick comebacks; I think of them three days later. I need to plan in advance what I would say in a situation like this and hope I don't forget.
Good post. There is no guarantee that she would even have had answers to those questions but at least it would make her think.
It is really unfortunate that so few choose to run for/vote for school boards. That is how the radical left is able to seize control.
Please, let me post on your lawn
Our Mayor came by my house and wanted to put signs up on my lawn. I asked him what party he was with and he told me that it was a non partisan election and they didn't run on political tickets. I pressed him for his party of choice and he finally told me he was a Republican and seemed relieved when I told him that was the party of my choice too. He put his signs in my yard after that.
More to the story. He came by again before the election to urge me to be sure to come out and vote for him. He was a likable person and I assured him that I would. Much to my surprise come election day, I found out that he was running unopposed.
Oi would've given the ol' witch a piece o' my axe-handle.
I, personally, might have handled it a little differently but then, I tend to be more cynical than most. My bet is that they were advocating a specific program that would benefit one of their own children, maybe a learning disability, maybe, a particular sporting activity, maybe, a particular family/religious language. But, in the end, I would have told them "no," and said "goodbye."
Put up a sign for the opposition.
I would have done about the same thing you did, your conclusions of her answers were accurate, your actions were polite, but left no doubt what you meant.
Sounds like wisdom, to me.
How dare she expect to use you without knowing anything about you. Doing what she did would be political suicide where I live.
Anybody who says they're "non-partisan" is LYING!!
I'd have done what you did. However, I think I would have ask them how they're registered to vote .. because that's a public record that I could check if they lied.
If they say "independent" then you know they stick their finger in the wind and go whichever way the wind blows.