Our View: Stop with the damage

Oct. 26, 2012 @ 09:45 AM

It is something that has become commonplace in the midst of our overtly partisan, political climate.

But, that is certainly no excuse.

There have been reports, in Rutherford County, of election campaign signs being vandalized, damaged or, outright being stolen.

Now, we are quick to point out that it is not necessarily because of partisan politics.

It could very well be the doings of traditional vandals that are just looking to tear things up.

Nonetheless, there is really no reason why these signs can, or should, be damaged.

These are instances that happen across the country during a voting season.

However, the fact that it has made its way to Rutherford County is somewhat disturbing.

We hear, from time to time, about a feeling of small-town friendly, in our community.

This act of vandalism is certainly far from that belief, especially to those that have the vandalism done on their property.

If you are in the middle of politics and causing damage simply because it is the sign of a candidate you are not going to vote for, or happen to disagree with ... stop doing it.

By the same token, if you are just out to vandalize and are not keying in on the politics of the matter ... stop.

Quite honestly, there is simply no excuse to perform these acts.

Free speech is a fundamental right that we all have and should all exercise. The placing of these candidate signs on an individual's property is simply exercising their free speech in this election campaign.

The signs are not derogatory, demeaning or disrespectful in any way, shape of form.

Thus there is no cause for any vandal, for any reason, to destroy, dismember or, outright steal these campaign signs.

These acts of vandalism do nothing but mar a political campaign and show that are community is not grown-up enough to respect others rights and privileges.

In the end, while you think it might be funny or somehow spreading a message, the only one you are hurting is yourself.

If you have no more self-respect than to take it upon yourself to damage someone else's freedom of speech, you are showing just how small-minded of a person you really are.

That is not what Rutherford County is about, and it certainly does not reflect the slogan of being "small-town friendly."

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Publisher Jake Volcsko and Editor Matthew Clark