Elections 2011

I’ve lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Michigan, and Massachusetts, and it is only in the Bay State that I’ve seen people standing on street corners holding signs for their political candidates. I find this fascinating.

First, I wonder whether it matters. Have you ever changed your vote or been inspired to vote because you saw someone with a sign?

Second, I am impressed. Standing in a public place with a sign for an hour, two hours, three hours is a big commitment. In our busy culture, it is quite a thing to choose to take a stand like this. One could be at work. One could be watching the Colbert Report waiting on one’s Tivo. One could be blogging. But no, one is standing on a corner holding a sign.

Today, the stakes feel high in the Watertown elections. Frustration around town finances and teacher contracts is high. And the prospect of Wal-mart coming to town has inspired a last-minute run for Town Council by Mike Mandel. Given the state of the economy, the threats to civil liberties, and the dismal headlines in the Globe and elsewhere, maybe we all should be standing on corners, or camped out in Dewey Square or at least on the phone to our reps.

Good luck, candidates. And thanks for running.


About amymccreath

I'm a pastor and mother who loves to make connections between people, between ideas, and between stuff we label "sacred" and "secular." I aspire to be like a Cedar of Lebanon in the midst of the changes and chances of life, but like most folks, generally find that I can really only navigate the tumult hand in hand with others. Good coffee helps, too.
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2 Responses to Elections 2011

  1. Rob Flynn says:

    I think it’s both a reminder and a morale booster for the volunteers.

  2. allogenes says:

    At the very least, seeing people with signs can be a useful reminder that there is an election going on, especially in odd-numbered years when federal and state offices aren’t involved.
    And frankly, one year in a close primary election I did end up picking a candidate because he had such friendly enthusiastic young sign-holders.
    BTW, I met Mike Mandel at a block party recently, before he decided to run. He seems an earnest fellow.

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