TBG pointed out last month that it is impossible to tell who belongs to which party. Except for my friend, Randy Friese, everyone has his or her own take on red, white, and blue. There is an occasional elephant on the bottom line, barely visible unless you're stopped in front of the sign itself and looking for an identifier.
I suppose that the lack of labels is a good thing. We are trying to raise children who see beyond affiliation and into character. Unable to reflexively attach Mr. Orr to either party, I'm free to rail at him as an individual as I inch out of my neighborhood, gingerly placing myself in danger so that he can exercise his right to free speech.
St. Mark's United Methodist Church has an interesting electronic signboard. I'm at their corner just about every day; I'm always curious about what they have to say. There are pre-school registrations and holiday services and community lectures and then, over the weekend, there was this:
St. Mark's does not endorse. Campaign Signs are on county property.The car behind me had to honk; I was immobilized by the notion of voters lured into making an assumption about the church. As blurry as the line between the separation of church and state may seem these days, surely no one can believe that a congregation can endorse a candidate.
Apparently, St. Mark's was not as sanguine about the state of our electorate.
I love that they made the statement; I hate that it had to be made. I was mulling that over as I approached the intersection yesterday. Where there had been a forest of names screaming for attention, there was now but one, lonely, pitiful dead tree who had not respected the implicit request behind the signboard's civics lesson.... Please, Move Your Signs.
Of course. Ethan Orr.
I knew next to nothing about his politics; I just knew that I hated his signs. Adding a green swirl below his name didn't do much for me; he was where I didn't want him to be, blocking my view and annoying a church community I'd come to adopt as a totally one sided, wave-hello-as-I-drive-by-friend. Then, I went to his website. Still, nothing. Ethan for Arizona House doesn't tell me his party preference, let alone provide a specific example of what he thinks on anything. Then again, half the website is black background with pale ink and thus unreadable to me on my desktop monitor. Old people have issues like that, Ethan....... and I am calling you Ethan because you didn't use a more grown up form of address on your committee banner.
This particular old person didn't stop there, Ethan. No, sir. I was so incensed that you were hiding behind your wonderful children and your ingenuous smile that I plowed through VoteSmart and found that I also have issues with your willingness to allow gun owners with concealed carry permits to ignore No Guns Allowed signs, let alone your willingness to come between me and my physician.
And to think that the only reason I know all of this is because your signs upset me. Perhaps they are serving the purpose for which they are intended after all; I got involved.
Were you wondering what colors my friend, Randy, is using?
That would be purple and yellow.
If you're in LD-9, you might consider casting one of your two votes for him.