#Merica: Campaign Sign War Between Neighbors Proves Not Every Disagreement Has To Be a Four-Alarm Fire

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I’m a political junkie, and most people reading this probably are as well. But every once in a while it’s great to read a story about a Republican vs. Democrat disagreement between neighbors that didn’t lead to a declaration of war or a severing of friendships.

Over the weekend, Twitter user and writer Andrew Exum provided his followers with the details of the friendly campaign sign war that has developed between him and his neighbors. First, it started off with signs for a “rival congressional candidate”, but then it advanced to displaying differences in opinions on who should be president:

Exum then went on to note that despite their political disagreements, his family and his neighbors get along very well:

He later noted that he overheard a “commotion” that involved one his neighbor’s signs being stolen:

Because he didn’t want his neighbors to mistakenly think it was him or someone he knew who took the sign, Exum pointed out he was prepared to “make a peace offering of brisket” on Sunday:

Not long after that tweet, Exum updated his thread to alert readers that his neighbors had replaced the sign that was stolen:

A few hours later came the brisket and mason jar of “pre-mixed Manhattans” with a note about their peace offering:

Exum then reminded people who were following his updates that regardless of what happens in November that neighbors will still be neighbors, with the implication being people should at least try to get along for the sake of being neighborly (note: that doesn’t mean abandoning your belief system!):

A few hours later, Exum posted about the thank you note he received from his neighbors in which they told him that “politics is politics, but neighbors are neighbors”:

Most of us have neighbors who we disagree with politically but who don’t let it get in the way of friendship. In fact, just recently as my mom, dad, and I have all been battling the coronavirus at their house, a few neighbors with who they’ve had political disagreements in the past have texted or called to find out how we’re doing, if there’s anything they can do for us – grocery shop, run errands, bake a casserole, etc.

They know that when it comes right down to it, politics is politics, but neighbors are indeed neighbors.

Happy Labor Day, everyone.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)