Thanks for your concern, mate, but you don't have to worry about me taking what you say the wrong way. I never take owt anybody says to me or about me personally. I am literally (and I use the word "literally" literally
, not figuratively, as some people mean when they say "literally) incapable of being offended. It's a birth defect.
You know, it's interesting...The idea of taking down my signs never even crossed my mind. Maybe I'm foolishly optimistic, but I truly believe Americans should be able to hold differing political views and still treat each other with civility and respect. Politics for me is, in one way, like sports are for most people. When I see someone with a sign for my team, part of me goes "yay!", and when I see a sign for the other team, part of me goes "boo!" But another part of me sees a political sign, for either my team or the other one, and goes "Yay! There's someone who cares enough about their country and the world around them to express their right to free speech! Awesome!" I feel like sign vandalism is a form of terrorism. The goal of the vandal is to threaten or scare someone into not expressing their freedom of speech; to make them so afraid of retribution that they just keep quiet. I don't think I could ever let that happen. And from a practical standpoint, putting up and taking down my signs isn't as easy as just pulling little plastic signs off a metal stake. I put up giant ones, with posts sunk in the ground, and, unfortunately, barbed wire up and down the sides (every election I put up signs without barbed wire, and every time they get yanked down overnight, so I reluctantly fetch the wire and staple gun). Taking them down for one night would be too much work.
No, I fully understand that the integration of political signs into my graveyard is mixing Halloween with politics. I don't think there is necessarily anything wrong with that. My Halloween decorations say "I love Halloween!" and my political signs say "I support my candidate!", and I can't understand why anybody should take either of those statements so personally that it drives them to break the law and try to terrorize their fellow citizens. I think people ought to be able to disagree without being disagreeable. Some of us like Snickers, and some of us like Reese's Peanut-Butter Cups, but we shouldn't have to hate each other over it. Cause when you come right down to it, it's all cocoa, sugar, and peanuts, isn't it?