I present you with the first
TELL IT LIKE IT T-I-Z TUESDAY
(just on Thursday this week)
I received a text message from my best friend yesterday that has obviously been circulating around the cell world. It said:
DO NOT wear any Obama shirts, pins or hats to the polls on Nov. 4th. It's considered campaigning; a law they're counting on us not to be aware of and turn u away.
By us, I'm assuming they mean the Democrats. So just like my inquisitive self that has to research everything I hear before I forwarding it on, I went to the Internet to do a little surfing for the truth.
The truth of the matter is that this is a law that varies by state and even by county. The laws state that you can not campaign within 500 ft (or whatever is may be in your area) of the polls. It is said that this gives an unfair advantage to the candidates. That's why, when you go to the polls, you see the candidate supporting signs away from the buildings, not right in front.
T-Shirts, buttons, hats, stickers or whatever may have a candidates names on them are considered to be campaigning.
Not that I was planning on wearing a shirt declaring my pick for presidenct to the polls (although I have considered buying one), but I guess my question is, if it is considered unconstitutional to stop people from wearing their pants hanging down to their knees, why is is not unconstitutional to say what people can wear to the polls?
Do people really get in there and change their minds because "Oh, there's Sally Lou. And she has on a McCain (or Obama) shirt. I think I'm just gonna change my mind and vote for....." In a way that seems a little crazy to me. Is there something wrong with being proud of who you support? If you love someone, should it be a secret? Why should this be any different?
Or are they afraid that the person wearing these shirts could be harassed by members of the other party? Approached and paid off or scared off before they had they're chance to vote? Is it also for your own safety?
Now like I said, personally I won't be wearing my supporting shirt to the polls. The law is the law and I respect that and set examples for my children to do the same, but I will PROUDLY let anyone who wants to know who I support in this election.
So I don't know about all of you, but I'm not going to take a chance at wearing a silly shirt, a small symbol of my patriotism, to the polls, only to take the risk of being turned away. So whether you are on the REDS or the BLUES, it's more important to cast your ballot! And I don't know about you, but I refuse to give up my chance to let my voice be heard in one of the most important elections in out nations history!
And that's just how I see it!