To the editor:
I generally prefer to speak of things that are known or can be known. I know what I don’t know.
More specifically, I will not presume to know the motivation of the sign vandal. Neither will I presume to know exactly why all these Trump signs are still up five months after the election and three months after the inauguration. Only those who let the signs remain and those who vandalized them can speak of their motivations.
Quite frankly, I would probably take their explanations here with a grain or two of salt. We may never know the entire story, but that doesn’t mean we are not free to speculate.
I’m not going to say I know anything when I don’t, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how the game is often played. Follow me here. Suppose the signs were left up as bait. When considering all the hard feelings of the last election cycle, only a very naive person would believe the signs could be left up indefinitely without being vandalized.
Please, do not presume to think I condone such activities, but I’m quite surprised it took this long before someone took it upon themselves to be rid of the aggravation. If I figured the signs would eventually be molested, I find it difficult to believe those who erected them did not also consider the probability.
They want to prove a point. It’s all about what they call “cancel culture.” The notion is that the left is trying to censor and silence all the rhetoric and influence of the right. It is a societal form of gaslighting. Indeed, the right has been the master of gaslighting long before the term came into popular usage.
This is particularly true of those on the religious right. They have advocated their form of cancel culture for decades. They would determine which movies should be boycotted and which books should be banned.
Enough of all that, though. I digress. The signs are merely bait and should be left alone and unmolested. They are not worth all the turmoil. To be sure, they are only a petty annoyance. For that matter, so is their being vandalized.
It is rather childish for anyone on either side to be upset about this. They amount to nothing more than a carnival sideshow. Everyone should stand down. It’s really only such nonsense.