We all know that the level of national discourse has coarsened and eroded. That’s why I am drawn to local politics, which is ordinarily simpler, friendlier, and more issue-driven.
This year, though, dozens of my Dryden neighbors and acquaintances, including newcomers to our town, have had Democratic or pro-solar signs stolen right out of their front yards, and plenty of interested voters complain that they’ve been blocked from Republican-run social media. I don’t directly blame the GOP candidates, whom I believe to be serious-minded, but this doesn’t do a lot for their message of “better communication.”
For them to let this unprecedented level of theft and obstruction go on this long without comment tells me that any communication with them would take place in a Republican bubble — no alternate views need apply.
We’ve always lost a handful of signs, but this doggedly determined thievery is not normal. It says, neighbor to neighbor, “Your views are so disgusting to me that I will simply erase them.”
We can deal with a little fakery and flip-flopping and with the usual noise of election season. What’s hard to take is seeing our rural town slip downhill into the swamp of Trumpism. It’s not normal. But I guess nothing really is anymore.
You may not be able to tell from my signs anymore, but I’m supporting Mike Lane, Jason Leifer, Dan Lamb, and Kathy Servoss. Wholeheartedly.
Town of Dryden
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