My Kerry-Edwards Sign (I)

We live less than a block from campus, only a few blocks from where the first presidential debate was held. So the day before the debate we decided we needed a Kerry-Edwards yard sign. In an earlier post I described how I found the local Kerry-Edwards office. I went there the morning of the debate, and they gave me a yard sign, with the metal mount, saying it was just about the last one, they were going fast. We installed it as soon as we got home. That afternoon, returning from collecting the kids, I saw our neighbor from across the street, whom I'll call Ms. 'Morales'.

I should explain about the 'Morales' family. Viewed from across the street, they seem to be your typical Coral Gables residents—a very successful Cuban-American couple, a few years older than us, one college-age son. Mr. Morales is an accountant, she's a not-quite-full-time Realtor.

(I will never forget one of my first encounters with Mr. Morales back in 1992. Having just arrived from London, we moved into our house a few days after Hurricane Andrew, at a time when there was no electricity anywhere in the neighborhood, roads were impassible due to trees down, and everything was in confusion. Our house was basically untouched, but theirs sustained severe damage. Despite this, we were more disoriented than they, in part because we were not used to the heat and humidity, had no clue where anything was, no emergency supplies, not even a candle or flashlight to unpack by when it got cool enough at night to actually move.

Despite their own serious damage, the Moraleses made every effort to be helpful. When the radio started warning about not leaving damaged houses unattended due to the danger of looters, Mr. Morales come over to comfort us. We had nothing to worry about, he said. He had an arsenal in his house, and was keeping watch on things. Any looter came by he was going to shoot him. The idea of an amateur, armed with an arsenal, poised for looters across the street scared me much more than the remote prospect of the looters themselves, though I understood that Mr. Morales meant his remarks to be friendly.)

So anyway, Ms. Morales made polite conversation about the construction on our house (which proceeds, but not fast enough). Then she came to the point. “I noticed you have a new sign on your lawn.” Uh-oh, thought I. She sees it all day out of her window. This isn't going to be good.

Then she floored me: “Where can I get one?”

It seems the Moraleses, perhaps because of the college (ie draft!) age child, are now virulently anti-Bush. They voted for him in 2000, and boy are they sorry. She is angry about the war in Iraq, Ms. Morales told me—and she looked the way I feel, shaking with anger. And they're angry about the new rules that restrict travel to Cuba, and limit helping any but the closest relatives still there. They're very very anti-Bush; they're voting Kerry.

Of such things are victories made.

(This is the first of at least three stories I plant to tell over the next few days about my Kerry-Edwards sign.)

Next: Someone steals my sign two days after I put it up.

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8 Responses to My Kerry-Edwards Sign (I)

  1. Jean says:

    Get another sign.
    We had our Gore/Lieberman sign broken and trashed behind the bushes; we put up another. At the time, I was in law school at UM, and had my Gore/Lieberman bumper sticker scratched off my car. I put on another.
    That’s what one must do.
    Don’t let the bullies get you down.

  2. Mojo says:

    I’m in Texas so a “Bush is Not So Bad” sign (damning with faint praise) is about as far as I dare go.

  3. Here you go, Professor, this story will make you feel much better:

    See? Payback is possible. And clearly lawyers are involved…

  4. Barsk says:

    More and more people are actually pulling the switch. My dad, who I don’t think has ever voted anything other than republican, put up a Kerry/Edwards sign in our yard to combat the neighbors with Bush/Cheney signs (for the record one neighbor is from Texas and the others are gun toting morons). He even took the sign and moved it down the yard so it could be more visible in the neighborhood. He has many reasons for this and one of them is not the chance that either my sister or I would get drafted (neither of us would pass physicals due to knees that have been skied on a few too many times).

    So that’s 3 votes. But I am sure that there are many others out there who normally vote for the right but just cannot buy into the current right.

  5. Desert Donkey says:

    In a recent informal survey of ‘yard’ signs (really roadside signs) made in the inland West and Iowa/Wisconsin I have noticed a trend. A high percentage of those displaying Republican congressional and local candidate signs do NOT dispaly the Bush Cheney sign. I attribute this the a certain shame associated with the BC regime, similar to how many felt when Clinton was caught with his pants down. Kerry Edwards signs, on the other hand, are blossoming in what are largely Republican strongholds … in other words, we are willing to rish having a Ms. Morales encounter with our fellow citizens since we have nothing to be ashamed of, and they do.

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  7. lester says:

    I myself have for the first time found a candidate I want to give my vote. At 50 years old it is about time. Problem is I can’t find a CARRY yard sign anywhere to be had and no-one seems so know where to get them in southern Illinois.

  8. Jade says:

    I’m in Texas and proudly display a BU ll SH it sticker on my bumper.


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