There’s something really cool happening right now in rural Michigan, which is a key swing state in the Electoral College battle for the presidency between Biden/Harris and the Orange Menace.
Marshall Stern and his wife, Nancy live in Newaygo County near White Cloud, Michigan, (pop. 1,396) which is about 160 miles northwest of Detroit. The city’s slogan is “A Trail for Every Season.”
In Marshall’s own words: “I’m just a regular American who loves his country and supports Joe Biden for President.”
Like many people who support a specific candidate, Marshall and Nancy purchased a campaign yard sign. In fact, they bought five and put them in their front yard.
Before long the signs started disappearing. Again, in Marshall’s own words:
The first day one sign was stolen. The next day three of the signs were run over by a car and thrown in a ditch. My wife posted on our community page on Facebook and though most of our Republican neighbors were sympathetic there was the Trump contingent who were obnoxious and offensive. The very next day ALL of our signs were stolen!”
Marshall and Nancy had finally had enough. They decided to put up a sign that no one would be able to take down or run over: a billboard. They started a GoFundMe page to cover the cost and called it, “Folks Sick Of Having Their Biden Signs Stolen!”
Before long they had enough money for a billboard on a busy stretch of highway. Detroit Free Press ran a story about the Sterns and their Biden/Harris billboard, as did a local TV station. Pretty soon Marshall, Nancy, and their billboard were all over social media.
Money began pouring in.
I read the Detroit Free Press piece via a post shared by Nick Knudsen from DemCast USA, then made a small donation.
Marshall’s latest update says they’ve raised $10,000 and purchased nine billboards.
As for me, a frustrated progressive in a deep red state, I want to say thank you to Marshall, Nancy, and all the good folks who helped put up those Biden/Harris billboards. You’ve given me something to feel good about during these dark-march-toward-fascism days. More importantly, you’ve given me hope.
I’ll let Marshall wrap it up, again, in his own words: “Let me leave you with this thought to make your day a little brighter. What do you think the guys who stole my signs think about how their actions have turned out?”
© 2020 Martin C. Fredricks IV. To read more by Fredricks, visit his blog – IV Words.
Originally posted here.
Reposted and updated with permission.
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