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    Caipirinha, translatorpro

    Lawn signs are like personal statements screaming to everyone who passes by your house who you are going to vote for. Generally speaking, people here just aren't that vocal about politics. There are discussions and I've been in a few, but they happen more quietly.  Here, in the city, there just aren't that many lawns.  I haven't been to the smaller towns where people have houses and lawns, but the acreage is just not as great here as in the States. There are other parts of Stuttgart with houses and lawns and I don't think I've seen one lawn sign or banner. If you have never been here you have to understand that space is at a premium. People here are generally not that public about their vote and once you know Germans you will discover that they really don't want to be putting anything onto their lawns except rose gardens and barbecue grills and hedges which block the view of the yard anyway (I'm generalizing). But you  will see a Mercedes or BMW in just about every garage.

    The signs are of importance because there just isn't a lot (if any) of television and radio advertising for candidates.  In fact, apart from hearing an interview with Steinbrück on the car radio one morning I don't think I've heard any political advertising - and you don't hear "This ad was paid for by X" or ""I'm X and I approve of this message." No, I rather think it is more party politics.

    The signs come up, a couple of months before election, increase in number over the weeks, the vandals come out about a week before the election and do their art Bansky style - this time around cutting the faces away from the rest of the posters with carpet knives so that large empty circles were left above the shoulders. One FDP candidates poster got puppies (not real ones) plastered over his face.  A few got a Führer mustache.

    The posters will come down fairly quickly with German efficiency.

    If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. -George Washington

    by Tank Mountaine on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 08:46:16 PM PDT

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