Bumper Sticker and Lawn Sign Etiquette

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My friend and I recently discussed election bumper sticker and lawn sign “rules” we’d like to see made into law. Our proposal goes as follows:

  • If your candidate wins, you are alloted 60 days or until the next major holiday to leave a bumper sticker on your car. You are allowed 5 days for lawn signs.
  • If you candidate loses, you are permitted a mere 48 hours to get the signs out of the ground, and just a scad longer at 72 hours to get the bumper stickers off, unless it’s a weekend sooner, in which case, by Saturday.

I think you look like an idiot with campaign stickers on your car any more than 3 months after an election. I still see people with “W 04” stickers on their car. Aside from the fact that I can’t believe there are actually people who think that this country is better off than in 2004, I think it looks so tacky to leave them on your auto. I saw a car the other day that had a “Clinton/Gore ’96” sticker on it – I swear. I couldn’t believe it.

So, please, do us all a favor: if you’ve got lawn signs in the ground, go ahead and remove them this weekend. If you were a McCain/Palin supporter, please remove your bumper stickers tomorrow, the 8th. If you were an Obama/Biden backer who adorned your car, congratulations, go ahead and celebrate until, say, Thanksgiving. But please, don’t let us catch you with those stickers after New Years, okay?

6 comments

  1. I understand wat you mean, but won’t that collide with the rights of free- speech and expression? And is it really a problem?

  2. A lot of people do things, wear things, stand for things, use things, sing things, eat things, […] that I don’t really like. Do I tell them what to [not] do ? No, if they also let me do […] things like I do, even if they don’t. Do you think a freaking sticker being on those cars is such a huge problem ? It would’ve never even think about this if you didn’t write this post. I think this is a real non-issue, and it’s a real waste of time to even think about it, let alone propose etiquette extensions for election stickers… Geez.

  3. Muddd is right, guys. Sorry, but the whole thing was written tongue-in-cheek, just for fun. In the same vein of “when should you really take your Christmas lights down?”, I wrote this piece on political bumper stickers.

    Maybe the humor doesn’t translate.

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