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Political Stances Carried To Local Extremes This Election Year, It Seems

"Oh yeah? Here's what I think of your bumper sticker..."

No matter your position or your thoughts about a particular candidate this election year the odds are fairly certain there is someone in the 24/680 who has a different view – and is willing to press the issue when aroused.

We’ve heard of Trump bumper stickers altered or removed entirely by folks making midnight political statements, and “Liar Liar, Pantsuit on Fire” stickers suffering the same fate. Some of the mostly nocturnal monkey-wrenching appears to be taking place – surprisingly – at local schools and colleges, with kids quick to make their positions on the candidates known.

We heard a few moments ago from a nice Lafayette resident who apparently was riding past the old Celia’s restaurant on Mt. Diablo with her kids today, Wednesday, when one of them adroitly pointed out the “F$&@ Donald Trump!” slogan spray painted on the side of the building.

“In huge bold lettering!” she wrote. “I almost drove off the road I was so shocked! Whether I may agree with the sentiment, this is not something we see in our neighborhood and especially not with profanity that our little kids are exposed to! I’m so angry, and I didn’t know what else to do but write to you…”

So she did and it was nice to hear from her and we’re sure the folks at Lafayette Public Works will get out the paint and brushes and take care of the political F-bomb ASAP.

And, hopefully, the kids haven’t picked up a new word.


  1. Why do people put political bumper stickers on their car? Has anyone in the history of voting ever been swayed by a bumper sticker?

    I just shake my head when I see a $100,000+ car with a political bumper sticker.

  2. We’re at an interesting and I think critical point in our history. Passions are hot. And yes — that’s American. I’m not happy with our prospects either but until I run or someone I trust and respect runs I’ll sit on my opinions.

  3. I think some local graffiti and foul language are not nice to hear and see, but I would argue that electing anyone who does not believe in the Constitution or the separation of powers is the bigger concern. I agree with Trask that we are at a critical point in our history. Again.

    “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice”, per Goldwater at 1964 GOP convention in the Cow Palace. Some of us remember how that turned out. Deja vu.

  4. David, true that AuH20 (remember that?) slogan didn’t work out so well but neither did JFK’s
    ““Now we have a problem in trying to make our power credible, and Vietnam looks like the place.” —President John Kennedy in a June 1961 interview with the New York Times reporter James Reston.
    It seems to me that the obscene amount of money required to even run, much less, win the Presidency automatically corrupts the system.

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