Hey, Trump Supporter. I’m Sorry Your Yard Sign Was Stolen.

Hey, Trump supporter. 

I’m sorry your yard sign was stolen. 

No one should have stolen your sign.  No one should steal any sign.  No one should step onto your property and vandalize or take your things. 

I’m sincerely sorry that happened to you.

If it makes you feel better, I saw a neighbor’s anti-Trump sign ripped into pieces on his lawn.

That shouldn’t have happened, either.

I read your post about the unfortunate sign incident, and I read all the comments below it.  I read about how people who support Biden have no moral compass.  I read about how they are hateful people, and I read about how there are so few of them in the community where you live.  And then there were the implications that everyone who supports Biden supports yard sign theft and crime in general.  

You know, because that ONE person took your sign. 

I hate to bust your generalizations, but let me share a few things about me.  I’m a single mom who is raising two amazing, smart, polite young men.  They are imperfect like the rest of us, but I am so proud of who they are and what they stand for.  I’m a “what-would-Jesus-do” kind of Christian.  (You might disagree about what Jesus would do in this hostile environment, but I’m at peace with my reflection and conclusions.) I’m a devoted teacher.  And I just went back to college to add a second license so that I can have a greater positive impact on teens with special needs. 

If you knew me well, if you were in my circle of people, I’m confident that you would see me as a “good person.” 

But here’s the thing – I don’t like Trump.  Not even a little.  I don’t like his policies, and I don’t believe that he represents my values.  At all.  To be quite honest, he is the antithesis of the kind of man I want my sons to be, both personally and professionally. I could go on, but I will keep it simple: I cannot support him.

That is my choice. 

But you are entitled to your choice in a democracy, too. I like living in a democracy, so even when I disagree with you, I want your right to vote and your right to have a yard sign to be protected, just like mine.

I am obviously hoping for a certain outcome, and I have a sign in my yard, just like you.  But the sign in my yard doesn’t guarantee a win.  My friends and I and your friends and you are just a teeny tiny percentage of the millions and millions of votes that will be cast. We’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks.  We’ll see how all the votes add up in the end.

In fact, millions of people have already voted. I didn’t write this post to influence your vote because swaying you is unlikely in the final stretch of the game. In reality, this election is *almost* a done deal.

I wrote this post because you and your friends suggested that I’m a pretty terrible human being. And I want you to know me.

I want you to know that I DO have a strong moral compass.  That I am far from hateful.  That I don’t support stealing or any other type of crime against anyone.  And I don’t understand why that angry rhetoric is appealing to you. I don’t understand why you choose to perpetuate it.  

People with opposing views are not your enemy. 

They are your neighbors, your family, your friends, your coworkers. They are people who go to your church. They donate to the food pantry and coach your kid’s soccer team and cook pies for the homeless shelter’s Thanksgiving dinner. They serve in the military. They nurse covid patients back to health. They teach your children how to add fractions. They love their kids. They love their parents. They experience the same joys and the same griefs of being a human that you do.

One rude, inconsiderate thief stole your sign.

And it wasn’t me.  So please don’t generalize.

Because IF we had an intellectual debate, void of name calling and angry rhetoric and rich with critical thinking, it would prove that we have much more in common than you think we do.

And if you ventured close enough to actually sit at my table and study my heart, your anger and your fear about our differences would likely disappear. 

Just like the sign in your yard did.

Sorry… That was just too easy… Humor should be bipartisan, too.

But seriously – vote.  Vote thoughtfully.  Vote carefully. Vote your own conscience as a free-minded adult, independent of what your friends or your family expect of you. Vote because it is a privilege and a tremendous responsibility.

And be kind. 

And love thy neighbor as thyself.

For real. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF.

Every day.

All the time.

Even if you don’t love his yard sign.