One Man’s Political Signs Not Going Away
Friday, December 31, 2004
In our current political climate, brother is turned against brother, mother against son and neighbor against neighbor. Some say that people should get over elections and not leave old political signs cluttering up their yards. But who are we if we give up principles? How can we give up our faith in a man who we chose to be our leader?
How can we give up our faith in a man who we chose to be our leader?
A few who have found themselves on a losing side of an election simply say goodbye. They take down yard signs and pull bumper stickers off their cars. Some even go as far as to criticize those that keep the bumper sticker and signs of the winner. But others stubbornly hold on. One of these people is Rod Sherman. Sherman, 89, is a staunch conservative living in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sherman’s neighbors seem unhappy with his decision to keep promoting his political affiliation.
Sherman’s neighbors seem unhappy with his decision to keep promoting his political affiliation. Recently they have even tried to pass an ordinance against the signs that he has in his yard. Sherman fought them in court, and a judge ruled that the ordinance violated his first amendment rights. “I put those signs out there because I believed in the man I voted for,” said Sherman. “I’m not pulling it up for nothing.” Sherman says he is quite angry with liberals that called the Republican Nominee “McCarthyistic” and “nuke happy”.
In addition to the signs in his yard, Sherman also refused to take the bumper sticker off his car. “I put that sticker on the car the day I bought it, and it’s going to stay there,” said Sherman. Sherman says that people come up to him and ask him about the bumper sticker all the time. “It’s surprising how many people ask me about it, especially young people,” Sherman said. With that final word, Sherman got into his 1964 Fleetwood and drove away, giving me one last glimpse of his bumper sticker “Au H20 -> 64”.