Count me among the disappointed: a political sign has been stolen from our front yard.
Having voted in the 15 previous presidential elections, I am undecided about this current 2016 contest. But our youthful and idealistic 21-year-old grandson is eager to grasp the reins of representative citizenship, fan the flames of passionate political debate, and thereby seek his place among patriots.
With my permission, he posed the purloined message (which was for Gary Johnson, Libertarian) and inside of three elasped hours it disappeared. The great shame of this theft lies well beyond the loss of its advertised image and rapid occurrence. It illustrates that someone would deny another citizen's right to free expression in our venerable republic. And in this particular circumstance it potentially dims a young person's quest for political wholesomeness. All of this is fundamentally disturbing. Is flagrant indifference about other people's freedom and private property the road to intolerance?
We would like to believe that no one in our exemplary community would do this. For example, perhaps some outsider, just passing through, collects political signs as a hobby and appropriated this one. Alas, a more likely and unhappy conclusion is that at least one absolute nitwit, and maybe more than one, lives among us.