13 September 2004
Blocking up the scenery?
There aren't a lot of political yard signs at the moment: on my block, there's a total of one. Of course, the election is still seven weeks away, so there's still time for the little buggers to blossom, but for now, there's just the one.
Apparently, had I stayed in Charleston, where I lived during the 1960s, I might not be allowed to have such a thing today:
From Crowfield Plantation in Goose Creek to new subdivisions west of the Ashley, neighborhood covenants prevent homeowners from putting their politics on display. That means no John Kerry signs. Ditto for George Bush.
Of course, the new arrivals are supposed to sign these things voluntarily, but....
"If you can have any sign, then you can have a political sign," said Charleston lawyer and ACLU member Armand Derfner. "The Supreme Court has said you cannot discriminate against political speech. Period."
Any restriction against outdoor political advertising would likely be struck down in court if someone pursued it, Derfner said.
If anyone pursues it, I'd like to hear about it.Posted at 6:37 PM to Political Science Fiction