America’s new yard sign discourse

The Twin Cities are bursting with political yard signs.

They’re not campaign signs — those are tellingly few. I’ve seen more faded blue holdovers from 2016 than support for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden or President Trump. No, the signs dotting my neighborhood and absolutely swarming the next neighborhood over aren’t about voting, per se. They’re about policy, principles, identity, and they’re almost entirely left-wing. While I’ve never been fond of the phrase “virtue signaling” — its contempt is often unfair — used literally, it’s an apt description of what’s happening in our metro’s front yards.

I decorated my college-era car with bumper stickers, but when that car died, my political signage impulse went with it.

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