Those signs sent me a message, loud and clear. The signs told me that the owners shared the views of Smith and Lamontagne, notably the desire to regulate female reproduction. Those signs were themselves a sign. A sign that I would not spend a dime of my low income in their restaurant.
Leavitt's Bakery allows any candidate to put up their signs. That's smart.
These signs, put out by a local business were not smart:
( Photos courtesy of Gary Montford, and used by permission)
The decorative details on Obama's collar points are little hammer and sickles.
Then there was this banner, on the front of a shed that was not readily visible from the road:
(photo by susanthe)
What business was making these rather inflammatory statements? Our local Kawasaki dealership in Albany:
(photos by Gary Montford, used with permission)
A complaint was made to the Kawasaki home office about the banners (not by me!) and they were subsequently removed. The Lewinsky banner on the shed was the only one that stayed, as you can see:
The Obama banners were certainly obnoxious, dishonest, and not without a tinge of racism.
The "Lewinsky" banner is equally offensive. Women are the fastest growing segment of the motorcycle buying population. Monica Lewinsky was a young woman who made a number of really poor decisions. Those decisions were broadcast all over the world. She became the butt of jokes made by every comedian. Monica Lewinsky got a public shaming on an unprecedented level.
Dredging that up, and mocking this woman AGAIN, to make some kind of coarse sexual/political joke sends a strong message to women, though not perhaps the message the owners intend. Something along the lines of: "Hey women, we don't want your business."