Sunday, 10 October 2021

Election Campaigns: When it is Legal to Litter?

I always thought it would be great to have a sign made up that says, VOTE FOR ME, or VOTE FOR WILL and then maybe add a picture, such as the cartoon character from Mad Magazine. Remember him? I could post it on my front lawn during election campaigns. If nothing else, it might help to bring a chuckle to some stressed-out neighbours. 

Well another municipal election is upon us, and I missed that opportunity. Oh well, maybe next time.

Personally I detest politics at the best of times, and the campaigning process is almost enough to make one want to throw up. Still, until someone comes up with a better system that actually represents the constituents with more than simple cheap promises and platitudes, it’s all we have. One sign I saw said, “Every voice matters.” Yea right! I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night!

But I digress. It is not the political system per say that I wanted to rant about here, but rather campaign signs associated with those elections. Is it just me, or does anyone else have a problem with politicians and would-be politicians littering every municipal roadside with election signs? It seems like I cannot drive five blocks without passing one hundred signs! Yuck! What an eyesore! I’m sure people would frown if they saw me throwing garbage on the curb. I might even get fined for that. Is this any better? And to further complicate matters, there is always the question of distracted drivers and the potential for accidents because of drivers looking at all this litter! But maybe that’s just my own personal pet-peeve.

In today’s society where it seems that GREEN is the politically correct way to do everything, I find it ironic that municipalities even permit such pre-election littering. Sure, someone cleans up those roadside cesspools of signage eventually, but then what? Landfills? Recycling depots? To make matters worse, I would question how much they even work. I cannot prove it, but I would suspect that those folks who faithfully go to the polls already have done some homework and know which candidates they want to support. For all others, if they go to the polls at all, they are probably simply flipping the proverbial coin anyways. At the end of the day, the politicians are going to do whatever they want and vote however their leader tells them to vote. Election campaigns mean nothing. Well that’s the way I see it.

*End of rant* 😏

POSTSCRIPT: You may also be interested in The Other Side of the Campaign Trail

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