Politics 2016: Bumper Stickers

It’s officially summer – now get out there and have some fun!

If you’ve read my book, “Preparing for the Race: 50+ Questions for the Potential Candidate” you might remember the part (below) about Richard Nixon.

My first “venture” into politics came in the summer of 1968. As a nine year-old I was excited to follow the Presidential campaign of Republican Richard Nixon, Democrat Hubert Humphrey, and Independent George Wallace. My dad was a Democrat and he worked road construction for a union company building bridges and interstates across the Midwest. We traveled with him and came back to our home in Missouri on some weekends.

One particular weekend we were traveling across Iowa on Interstate 80 and exited at Newton, Iowa. I had just made a three-by-five inch campaign sign and wrote, “Nixon is the One” on it. I placed it in the corner of the windshield. A few minutes after putting the Nixon sign on the dash by the windshield, a woman driving a 1968 Cadillac pulled into our path, wrecking us and totaling both vehicles.

I think my parents voted for Humphrey that year.

Although my first campaign sign was lost in that wreck, for some reason I still managed over the years to collect a few campaign bumper stickers and buttons. Some of these belonged to my dad:

Campaign Buttons

I follow most candidates on Twitter and “Like” their Facebook pages. I sign up for email updates so that I can see the propaganda that the campaigns are putting out. By the way candidates, follow me and I will follow you. You should also “Like” The Western Word’s Facebook page.

Back in April, the Hillary for America campaign sent an email telling people they could get a free bumper sticker. All you needed to do was sign up for it. So I did!

On Saturday, just about 43 days after requesting it, I received my official Hillary Clinton bumper sticker:

Hillary2016

Is this a great country or what? All it took was 43 days – but the price was right!

When I worked on campaigns, I remember some high-paid “consultant” came up with the idea that if someone placed a bumper sticker on their vehicle, it was like they donated $500 in advertising to the campaign. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I do know that it was a good selling point in getting someone to take (and maybe display) a bumper sticker. Besides, bumper stickers were cheap to make.

I hope other candidates provide free bumper stickers. If so, they might be featured here at The Western Word – and that free advertising will be worth a lot!

 

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