The sheer vitriolic rage of America in 2020 is astounding. We are no longer a nation interested in being nice to one another, at least not until this election is over.
These are the sort of vibes that one would get in the 1850’s, with a little bit of the organized anger of the 1960’s thrown in for good measure. It’s brother versus brother around the Thanksgiving Day table, and neighbor versus neighbor when it comes to displaying support for candidates in our yards.
In fact, the small town battles over political yard signs has turned dangerous, as cameras and booby traps become more prevalent.
One man in Michigan unwittingly stumbled open just such a situation this week, and was sent to the hospital on account of it.
A town employee in Michigan had to get 13 stitches after he sliced three fingers on razor blades attached to the bottom of a Trump 2020 campaign yard sign.
The 52-year-old municipal employee in Commerce Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit, was asked to remove signs that violated a city ordinance, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Signs are required to be 33 feet from the center of roadways, and a political sign in the yard of a home was 9 feet too close to the street.
“When he went to remove one of the signs, he was cut by razor blades that had been attached to the bottom edge of the sign,” the sheriff’s office said. “Both signs removed from that location had several razor blades taped all along the bottom edge. He received lacerations to three fingers which required medical attention.”
The homeowner told authorities that she had had several yard signs stolen in recent months.
Town officials are weighing whether or not to take legal action.
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