Skip to main content awful, racist, fear-mongering billboards.

I recently moved to Miami from the relatively quiet (politically anyhow) streets of Boston.  While i thoroughly enjoyed living in the liberal bastion of Eastern Massachusetts, my partner was transferred to Miami for work.  Once I began to explore the city and drive around its interstates, I started to notice several billboards around town that put the right's strategy of inducing fear on full display.      

Below are some of the billboards I see on a daily basis.  I'm not one to take pictures with my cell phone while I'm trying to drive, so none of these I actually took myself.  However they are the exact ones that line my morning commute.  I'm sure there are countless more around town that I haven't seen yet, and it seems they all target the low-information, conspiracy-prone voter.  These billboards do their best to portray the President as someone "different" or not "like us".  This has been the strategy since he began campaigning for the 2008 election.  

Meanwhile, I have yet to see a single pro-Obama or anti-Romney billboard.  Is this type of media just overlooked by campaigns?  I would assume with 100,000 or more cars passing by daily it would be a worthwhile investment.  

Be warned, teh stupid is on full display here.

Yes, and yes.  I do fully support personal liberties.  A woman has the right to make medical decisions for her and her family, and a couple who is in love should absolutely have the right to marry and enjoy the many benefits that come along with marriage.  Although the way this billboard is worded you would think Obama is the doctor and the minister.

Cute way to target the Jewish voters.  There is a massive push here in South Florida to portray Obama as an enemy of Israel.  I've seen countless commercials saying he snubs his nose to Netanyahu and is a close friend to Arab countries.  

Oy Vey!  The infamous "bow" picture.  The one that supposedly confirms the President is a super secret Muslim/terrorist/America-apologist.  He's making it so hard to fill up my fleet of Hummers!

Obama ran up $15 Trillion in debt?  Puhhh-lease.  Were these people absent for the prior 8 years?  Where were they then?  When we were screaming about tax cuts we couldn't afford, two wars in the middle east put on a credit card, and a defense budget wildly out of control they were conveniently quiet.  Where were they when the banks were bailed out while the rest of America rotted?  We aren't Greece.  We don't have the same problems as Greece.  And the apocalyptic pictures of civil disobedience don't scare me into submission.  

I can only hope after he wins in November this kind of drivel fades away.  

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  •  No wonder the polls shift back and forth in FL (6+ / 0-)

    you all are bombarded with ugly, vile advertising when driving and at home while watching tv and while listening to the radio.  I guess Rovian type groups are funding all these billboards.  

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    by wishingwell on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 09:33:02 AM PDT

  •  I buy billboard ad space in FL (4+ / 0-)
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    Gorette, marina, splashy, BlackSheep1

    There are far too many of them.

    They are extremely cheap.

    Anyone with a laptop can design an ad and get it posted.

    Maybe you should put one up.

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 09:57:00 AM PDT

  •  And Miami is a complete and total cess pool. (2+ / 0-)
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    JGibson, ozsea1

    My ex worked there for 5 years while we still lived in Maryland. Miami is the reason he's my ex. All the seriously nasty stuff that goes on right under grandma and granddad's noses....and the guys that run the churches are second only to the republicans in being the worst offenders. God, I despise that place. Now, I need another shower.

    "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. We must put our hands on it and we must bend it in the direction of justice." MLK

    by mindara on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 10:18:10 AM PDT

  •  Terrible. I'd hate that! On the one-- (3+ / 0-)
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    The infamous "bow" picture.  
    There could be one showing Bush holding hands with the Saudi leader. Remember that picture?

    I live near a billboard series in FL (N. Central) which has billboards advertising a place I hate, think topless dancers. So disgusting that I never take the highway between those two points where they occur.

    I guess you don't have an alternate route?

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 10:18:34 AM PDT

  •  I guess they forgot (4+ / 0-)
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    tommyfocus2003, splashy, JGibson, ozsea1

    about Bush kissing Prince Abdullah....

  •  I grew up in Miami (2+ / 0-)
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    Tinfoil Hat, ozsea1

    The daughter of Cuban immigrants. I'm thirty now and lived there for the vast majority of my life. From my experience, the biggest problem there is a problem of demographics.

    Imagine if you will a place where minorities are the majority. Not just the majority in numbers, but the majority in govt, business, etc. It is a place where light-skinned Hispanics enjoy what is commonly known as "white privilege." They enjoy privileges from the govt and subsidies for their businesses. Because of their political activism, they have become a powerful tool of the right.

    Here's where the demographics come in to play: The first few waves of immigrants, the ones that enjoyed the most privilege, were people like my grandmother: wealthy, well-to-do snobs who hate communism, Kennedy and black people. They are old fashioned and have a mistrust of the left due to the situation in Cuba. They became politically active and instilled Republican ideals in their children, turning Miami into a Republican's wet dream (it is a city with one of the highest wealth disparities in the country).

    I believe this is a three generation problem. My parents, immigrants, have instilled this into all of their children. I somehow escaped it. Most of the 2nd generation Cuban immigrants, however, are very conservative, racist and privileged: AND HAVE NO IDEA WHY--that's just how they were raised. I have a feeling that THEIR children will finally snap out of this, having been far enough removed from the initial immigrant demo and coming to the realization that the Right does not have their interests in hand.

    I have traveled and lived all over the country for business: NYC, California, the Midwest, the Southwest (where I live now). Miami is the ONLY place in the country where I have seen this dynamic. I love Miami because it is so screwed up and there ARE people fighting for it. It's just a very interesting, bizarre, sad, and confused city.

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