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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?


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1 posted on 09/07/2005 8:45:01 PM PDT by Old_Mil
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To: Old_Mil

Would have done what you did... find out if you support the candidate before you put him on your lawn...


3 posted on 09/07/2005 8:47:45 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: Old_Mil

A reasoned and reasonable response.


4 posted on 09/07/2005 8:48:23 PM PDT by Shazbot29 (muhammed was the most evil person ever to live. May he burn in hell forever)
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To: Old_Mil

What would I have done?

I won't have posted it here, for starters.


5 posted on 09/07/2005 8:49:15 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (Our President's intervention saved lives.)
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To: Old_Mil

You did just fine.


6 posted on 09/07/2005 8:50:22 PM PDT by decal ("The Republic was not established by cowards, and cowards will not preserve it")
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To: Old_Mil

I would have been standing behind you yelling, "Smackdown!" as I slammed the door.
But I'm one of those unsocialized homeschooling mothers.


7 posted on 09/07/2005 8:50:48 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Prayers for victims of Katrina)
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To: Old_Mil

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.


8 posted on 09/07/2005 8:51:38 PM PDT by LostInBayport (Massachusetts liberals refuse to admit we exist...we are the 37% who voted for GWB)
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To: Old_Mil

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.


9 posted on 09/07/2005 8:52:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Old_Mil

If something similar happens, I hope I remember how adroitly you handled it.

Well said!


10 posted on 09/07/2005 8:52:18 PM PDT by John Galt's cousin (Why were the 9th and 10th Amendments added to the Constitiution?)
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To: Old_Mil

Sounds like you did great!


11 posted on 09/07/2005 8:53:25 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: decal

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.


12 posted on 09/07/2005 8:53:56 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion they will give it to you.)
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To: Old_Mil
They just moved there and they want to run the school immeadiately on arrival..
Bad sign..

They're doing it for the children..
Panic Alert !!!!

I might have been arrested for waving a shotgun in their face..

13 posted on 09/07/2005 8:54:16 PM PDT by Drammach (Freedom; not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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To: Old_Mil

I despise political signs all over front yards anyway so I guess I'll have to say I agree with you.


14 posted on 09/07/2005 8:54:21 PM PDT by Mears (Mrs Massachusetts)
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To: Old_Mil

Exactly what you did. You hit it out of the park


15 posted on 09/07/2005 8:54:40 PM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: Old_Mil

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.


16 posted on 09/07/2005 8:54:50 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Go Sharon! And take Peres with you!)
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To: i_dont_chat

Give her a break.


17 posted on 09/07/2005 8:55:05 PM PDT by MarkeyD (Cindy - The new 'C' word! I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: Nobody Couldve Predicted
I woulda run their commie a**es off with a 2x4

Would that be the Board of Education?

18 posted on 09/07/2005 8:57:14 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Go Sharon! And take Peres with you!)
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To: Old_Mil

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.


19 posted on 09/07/2005 8:57:21 PM PDT by StockAyatollah
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To: Old_Mil

Give her an 'Al Bundy'.

Say absolutely nothing for about 2 seconds... then just slam the door shut.


20 posted on 09/07/2005 8:58:00 PM PDT by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and you will find the face of Islam...)
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To: MarkeyD
Give her a break.

Well, I do live in a fairly small town so I was considering doing the neighborly thing. However, the conclusion that I came to was that she either was deliberately being vague about what they wanted to accomplish or didn't know. In either case, it indicated a problem. Anyhow, the liberals never give us a break.
21 posted on 09/07/2005 8:58:01 PM PDT by Old_Mil
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To: Old_Mil

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.


22 posted on 09/07/2005 8:58:48 PM PDT by The Bat Lady (Proud member of the pajamaheddin [PMPJ])
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To: Old_Mil

Bravo! Nicely done.


23 posted on 09/07/2005 8:58:55 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Old_Mil

Great response. I would've had my Rottweiler escort them off of my property.


24 posted on 09/07/2005 9:01:23 PM PDT by Rosemont
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To: Old_Mil

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


25 posted on 09/07/2005 9:02:21 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: Old_Mil

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.


26 posted on 09/07/2005 9:05:10 PM PDT by JLS
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To: Old_Mil
Well, I'd have told the person that the ''public school'' system is at bottom a fraud in the best case.

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.''

27 posted on 09/07/2005 9:07:12 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: Old_Mil

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!


28 posted on 09/07/2005 9:07:31 PM PDT by hardworking
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To: Old_Mil
Your question made me think about a similar experience. We have a coworker that just became a U.S. citizen and all the liberals told her if she wants to learn more about politics to join the league of women voters saying they were non partisan?

They sound almost as non partisan as the people that knocked at your door? Hasn't the league of women voters worked side by side with some very partisan groups?
29 posted on 09/07/2005 9:10:45 PM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: Old_Mil

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.


30 posted on 09/07/2005 9:12:23 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: Old_Mil

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.


31 posted on 09/07/2005 9:12:31 PM PDT by wolfpat (Dum vivimus, vivamus.)
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To: MarkeyD; i_dont_chat

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.


32 posted on 09/07/2005 9:16:07 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: Old_Mil

I would have informed her that education neither begins nor ends in school.


33 posted on 09/07/2005 9:20:43 PM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: i_dont_chat

Unpack your panties, we have hall monitors running out our trouser cuffs.


34 posted on 09/07/2005 9:22:33 PM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: Old_Mil

Sounds to me like you did exactly the right thing.

Did the people move there from Ithaca?

;-)


35 posted on 09/07/2005 9:25:17 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Old_Mil

Lifting My glass to you.. Old Mil


36 posted on 09/07/2005 9:29:23 PM PDT by lmr (Thanks to tet68, this tagline has been updated)
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To: All

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.


37 posted on 09/07/2005 9:31:11 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Old_Mil
What would you have done?

It depends. If you happen to live in New Orleans, an appropriate response would have been to pump your shotgun and tell her that, "no, you may not have my generator."
38 posted on 09/07/2005 9:32:06 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: The Bat Lady; Old_Mil

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.


39 posted on 09/07/2005 9:35:18 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Old_Mil

Please, let me post on your lawn

40 posted on 09/07/2005 9:38:22 PM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: Old_Mil

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.


41 posted on 09/07/2005 9:38:31 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Old_Mil

Oi would've given the ol' witch a piece o' my axe-handle.


42 posted on 09/07/2005 9:41:50 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Old_Mil
Perfect and civil transaction.

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."

43 posted on 09/07/2005 9:43:41 PM PDT by Tacis ("Democrats - The Party of Traitors, Treachery and Treason!")
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To: Old_Mil

Put up a sign for the opposition.


44 posted on 09/07/2005 9:43:44 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: HairOfTheDog

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.


45 posted on 09/07/2005 9:45:39 PM PDT by c-b 1
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To: Old_Mil
You did good.

I would have told them to "screw" once I heard "nonpartisan".

This tactic works well around here when the MASSPIRG queers come knocking at the sups.

I no longer invite strangers into the house, they are like raccoons best handled in the yard. It unnerves the heck out of the insincere ones when you step out into the yard to talk with them, especially if you try to make eye contact while eliciting their true motivation. I see the deer in the headlight look for a second it is all over.
46 posted on 09/07/2005 9:49:37 PM PDT by mmercier (and massive the fortification became)
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To: Old_Mil
"We're doing it for the children."
47 posted on 09/07/2005 9:51:40 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† || (To Libs:) You are failing to celebrate MY diversity! || Iran Azadi)
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To: Old_Mil

Sounds like wisdom, to me.


48 posted on 09/07/2005 9:53:15 PM PDT by Quix (GOD IS LOVE and full of mercy HE IS ALSO JUST & fiercely HOLY. Cultures choosing death shall have it)
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To: Old_Mil

How dare she expect to use you without knowing anything about you. Doing what she did would be political suicide where I live.


49 posted on 09/07/2005 9:54:13 PM PDT by Kryptonite
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To: Old_Mil

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.


50 posted on 09/07/2005 9:55:32 PM PDT by CyberAnt (America has the greatest military on the face of the earth.)
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