I don’t want to go on a rant here, but now that the municipal election has officially kicked off, the spamming of our public spaces has begun. I believe in one spot in Kemptville tonight I counted 10 political signs. I’m all for political signs, but I don’t think that they should be allowed in public spaces.
If you put up a political sign in a public space, I kinda feel like it’s a lower form of laziness. It means that you didn’t go out and do the work of earning that space like you would have to if you were going to put up a sign on private property. It means that incumbents don’t have to go out and earn peoples’ vote again, they can just sit back and use name recognition without making the effort that they may have once had to make, to convince people to vote for them. Now, they can just stick signs in high traffic public areas and go home and have a drink and watch TV.
Every sign that I’ve put up so far I’ve earned with hard work by campaigning door to door and talking to people all over North Grenville. I believe that I’ve earned the space where my signs are. However, my supporters are telling me that I should be posting in public spaces. It just doesn’t feel right! I only have a limited supply of signs because of a very limited budget. So my supporters are telling me that’s even more reason to use high traffic public areas to post signs. It’s apparently a more efficient way of using my signs according to my neighbour. It still feels wrong. I may give in once I see even more incumbent signs go up in public spaces. Another one of my supporters says that I’m putting myself at a disadvantage if I don’t.
Well, we’ll see if I end up giving in. I still stand by my belief that it’s wrong and I may end up being a hypocrite and selling out. But wait! If I win a council seat, then I could propose a bylaw that prevents political signs in public spaces! So I guess, it might be worth it this time. But I still don’t have to like it!