As a Democratic Committeeperson and Assistant Zone Leader for the Willistown/ Malvern Dems, I have spent much of the past week delivering political signs to Democrats and Independents who have requested them and, in many cases, putting them in the ground myself. Perhaps then you can understand my frustration when I discovered on Sunday morning that many of the signs I had delivered on Saturday were gone. It should disturb every resident of Malvern and Willistown, regardless of your political beliefs, that private properties have been trespassed upon and items stolen. The yard signs are one thing but two large banners, which are of significant value, were destroyed on the fence at a home on Sugartown Road in Willistown. I wish I could say that the disappearance of political signs in Willistown/Malvern was bi-partisan but it appears to be only Democratic signs, and in fact only signs for the President.
Even more disturbing to those of us who are active politically right now, one of our committeepeople was struck with a bottle that was thrown at him from a moving car while he was placing signs at the intersection of King Street and Rt. 30. Certainly we as a community can not condone this type of behavior.
Our wonderful country was founded by some very learned individuals who we know argued every point, down to the smallest detail, before issuing the US Constitution in 1787. Their purpose in specifying a two party system was to promote the free flow of ideas and compromise on every issue. Throughout our history we have reached stumbling blocks which have required sometimes painful compromise by one or both sides of the issue but our country has only continued to grow stronger. There is no reason to believe that the United States of America, who only 11 years ago pulled together so magnificently after 9/11, cannot reach agreement now on the issues that divide us.
Destruction of the property of others and the theft of our neighbor’s personal property is sending the wrong message to our children. Can we all agree to respect the political beliefs of others and celebrate the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by our incredible Constitution? I believe that we can and we will.