Every weekday, my son Ryan and I have been taking a walk together. Since he’s doing high school virtually, his virtual gym class requires him to walk 2 miles a day, for a minimum of 45 minutes. Ryan has a special app that tracks these walks for reporting back to his gym teacher. It’s really a good idea and great exercise for both of us.
Since this routine started a month ago, we’ve been walking the same route pretty much every time. Up our street, across the main drag, crossing into the older neighborhood to the east. Whereas our subdivision is only about 15 years old, our walking neighborhood is more well-established. We are solidly middle class, but the other side is a little more upper-middle class, with fancier houses and bigger properties.
We are now less than one month away from the 2020 presidential election in America. One of the little games Ryan and I play on our walks, to pass the time, is counting the political signs. When we first started doing this, there were more Trump than Biden signs, which isn’t surprising considering the demographic of the neighborhood. Our street is more culturally diverse, so I expect to see more Biden/Harris signs here, which we do. The older neighborhood we walk in is definitely more white bread, more affluent, more conservative. Today I noticed two Mercedes SUVs in the same driveway, and we usually have to dodge the big trucks belonging to the lawn service companies working both sides of the streets. These residents don’t cut their own grass. Not surprisingly, they were more Trump/Pence supporters.
It kills me every time I walk by this house. It’s not enough to have a Trump/Pence “Keep America Great” yard sign; these folks felt the need to hang Trump 2020 banners on the columns of their front porch. That’s fine and in character, I guess, but what gets me is the ironic slogan “No More Bullshit” at the top of the left banner. Who puts curse words on a banner in front of their house for all to see? I always tell Ryan how I’m tempted to stand on their front porch and yell “No More Bullshit” over and over again at the top of my lungs. I mean, that’s what they’re doing, right? But I don’t. We just keep walking and I smile to myself at the image.
Over the weeks, more signs started popping up in our adopted neighborhood, but a funny thing started happening. It seems the Biden supporters were starting to catch up to the Trumpsters. There are also more signs for candidates for the lower political offices, like US and PA congressional folks. In addition, I’ve started noticing some of the other signs that have popped up, not specific to any presidential candidate but political in their own way. Here are some of the more interesting ones:
People really show their stripes without naming their candidates, don’t they? In fairness, the “In This House We Believe…” sign was planted right next to a Biden/Harris sign, but all of the others were flying solo. Ryan thought we should count those houses for the presidential candidate that made the most sense for the sentiment expressed, but I told him that would be cheating. One can assume the anti-Communist is a Trump supporter, but with Putin potentially pulling the strings, who knows?
Finally, I find it funny that at least 3 sets of houses in this neighborhood have Biden/Harris and Trump/Pence signs directly across the street from each other. It kind of reminds me of the Hatfields vs. the McCoys! In each case I believe the Trump sign went up first, then the Biden sign was the reply. Shots fired across the bow! I wonder if these neighbors can picnic together after all of this nonsense? The funniest case had one house put up a Trump sign, only to have their neighbor across the street respond with 5 Biden signs, to which the Trump house replied with 2 more signs. This is fun to watch!
Regardless of your political leaning, please make sure you vote on November 3rd, 2020. God bless America! 🇺🇸
P.S. – As of today’s count, the Biden houses have made a remarkable comeback and are leading the Trump houses, 14-11. We’re only counting the houses with signs, not total number of signs.