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The Secret Life of a Lone Republican….

republicanThe television was set to Fox News as the plumber worked quietly in the background to fix the kitchen sink. Suddenly, I heard him softly mutter while turning a pipe. “What’s that?” I asked, thinking it was a plumbing issue. “I was listening to what they were saying on TV. Apparently, someone stole campaign signs from a Trump supporter’s yard.” I responded, “Are you a Trump supporter?” He answered, “Yes, but I avoid talking politics with my customers. Everyone is so sensitive these days.” I nodded and replied, “You’re in safe company here.” With that the plumber talked freely of his hopes for his small business, Trump’s America, and freedom. I was grateful for the conversation and that he didn’t drain my wallet.

Living in a Democratic city provides interesting insight. On neighborhood network sites such as NextDoor, political topics often pop-up and quickly erupt into debates sometimes ending with a Democrat saying, “You must be a Trump supporter,” as if to insult the Republican. Way back in 1874, cartoonist Thomas Nast featured a political elephant in Harper’s Weekly. This, of course, became a symbol of the Republican party. The donkey, representing the Democratic party, was also popularized in cartoons by Nast. Rumor has it that the elephant can charge hard, the donkey can kick hard, but neither can balance a budget to save their lives.

In our city where Democrats outweigh Republicans, it’s easy to feel outnumbered. It is inadvisable to hang a pro-Trump sign up or you could find your house graffitied by someone who takes offense. Meanwhile, many Democrats display Biden/Harris signs up without fear of repercussion. There are a few signs that leave me dumbfounded, such as the pro-America, pro-liberty, pro-defense, pro-Constitution, pro-family sign – then it reads Anti-Trump. What? I guess they are not pro-research. Another sign I find particularly hilarious is the pro-Biden “Trump Makes America Great Again” sign with the T and the P crossed out of Trump. As if they expect us to conclude – Ah, they’ve been drinking so now the Biden sign makes sense! The “You can’t fix stupid, but you can vote it out” sign makes me believe – we did it in 2016 and can do it again. And the “I’m ridin with Biden” makes me whisper “off into the sunset.” A few favorites are “Friends don’t let friend’s vote Democrat,” “Toilet Paper for President 2020,” and the ever so Freudian “Kamala Harris President 2020.”

Political polls can drive you mad. 9 out of 10 people agree that they are misleading. That’s because the pollsters can be wrong. I heard they left Toilet Paper for President off the voter preference poll. Sadly, it ended his roll in politics. When Trump was elected in 2016, it was remarkable to watch jaws hit the floor during the outcome of the election – as it was widely predicted that Hillary Clinton would be our next president. Polls still show that 78% of floors have yet to recover. Right now, in the Biden vs. Trump polls a few months shy of the presidential election, Biden is polling ahead of Trump in key battleground states, though the lead has been narrowing in some states. But can the accuracy of the polls be trusted? The only accurate poll I’ve seen is the one showing that 9 out of 10 people have never had Steak Tartare. One can conclude that it is quite rare. But have you ever wondered if some Trump supporters are holding back on voicing their opinions for mistrust of the media, polling organizations, and for fear of the consequences? I’m not trying to dis polls. I love them. In fact, I took a poll the other day. 99% of the people were furious when the tent collapsed.

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2 years ago

I can understand why the author is reluctant to post a pro-Trump sign, but when do you decide to make a stand? My truck is 20 years old, and I kept the “HOCUS POTUS/Lies and Obfuscation” sign in the back window for all 8 of Obama’s years, most of that time, in a deep blue state. Sure, a few scratches showed up. Did I care? My mother expressed fear for my well-being, but curling up in the corner and staying quiet was just not an option.

Driving around rural areas, all I see are Trump/Pence yard signs. On some streets, half the houses had Trump signs, and I loved seeing this! Getting closer to the city, a few (3) Biden signs were seen.

But we should never hold back if we feel this strongly about an upcoming election, especially one as important as this. Fly those flags, paste that bumper sticker on your car, and get a yard sign! Don’t hold back—you’ll feel better!

2 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Likely most young leftists wouldn’t understand what your “HOCUS POTUS/Lies and Obfuscation” sign in your back window referred to if they were just passing by or not paying close attention. Ask a 20 something what obfuscation means and most will just give you a blank stare. Now put a nice, big Trump 2020 sign on your back window and I bet you’ll come out one morning with the rear window busted out or your truck completely vandalized, if you park it outside over-night. At least that is what WILL happen up here in most of the socialist NY tri-state area. Me, I don’t give a hoot and have no problem stating I’m for Trump. Not afraid of the retaliation from the morons, who only know how to incoherently scream when encountering someone not in mindless agreement with their stupidity.

Trump 2020 lawn signs and most lawn signs for any Republican are stolen on a daily basis here. Biden signs and any other Democrat signage is NEVER touched. Local elected officials, mostly Democrats here as we’re out-numbered in my state 3 to 1, just say its “Young kids just having some fun”. So the plumber story is not unusual. Almost every small business owner I know and most doctors and lawyers are ALL pro Trump. Yet they do exactly like the plumber in the article unless they know their in safe and rational company. They’re fearful of their businesses going to h*ll if the majority of their “progressive” customers take their business elsewhere or they go outside every morning and find their work vehicles with four flat tires.

2 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Certainly, it’s a risk, for conservatives. But one I was willing to take. When I ran a business in that blue state, I offered the best products with informative handouts (yes, it drove me to try harder), and can’t really say whether the sign had any bearing. Oh, I’m sure a few went elsewhere. But a few bought from me because of the sign. I never brought up my party affiliation for discussion, unless approached by someone else first. And the chat was always short and respectful.

If the number of digital salutes is any indication, I believe most fellow drivers got the point. Probably the same number gave two thumbs up, so it was just about a draw.

It’s that double standard that gets me. We (well, most of us) wouldn’t think of touching someone else’s yard sign, but it’s almost expected of those on the left. With each trip driving around the countryside, I’ve seen Trump signs attached to barns, roofs, and trees too high up to be vandalized, and scores of huge Trump flags flying on private property.

Enjoy the debate…

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