Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Driving home a political point along a Minnesota interstate November 4, 2012

IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, you are fed up with all the political literature, billboards and advertisements.

If you’re like me, you don’t even read the campaign material that arrives in your mailbox.

If you’re like me, you don’t even want to answer the phone or door any more to listen to another pollster or campaign volunteer or candidate.

But then along comes a political statement like this, posted along Interstate 94 about 15 miles east of Alexandria (between mile markers 117 and 118 near the West Union exit):

Driving east on I-94, you’ll see the car ramp first, then the limo driven into the ground and then the message.

Creative freedom of speech

I don’t care what your political persuasion or whether you vote red or blue, support Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. You just have to admire the creativity and hard work of whomever planted this limo in the ground along a busy Minnesota interstate to drive home a political point.

Spotting this political billboard of sorts this past weekend truly caused me to pause and consider how very fortunate I am to live in a free country like the United States of America.

Here we are free to express our opinions, to let our voices be heard, to speak out, to tell others what we think, to vote. And, yes, I pretty much duplicated myself with all of those phrases.

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.

© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


6 Responses to “Driving home a political point along a Minnesota interstate”

  1. hotlyspiced Says:

    I do like that clever point! I can tell you that I can’t wait for your election to be over because we get so much of it on the news here. Every time I turn on the news it’s all about Obama vs Romney and I’m looking forward to having it over. I can’t imagine how much worse it must be for you. The money both sides are spending on this campaign is appalling xx

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Interesting to hear that the U.S. Presidential election would get such intensive coverage in Australia. I guess I never really thought about this. This election season, the political campaigns have been so vicious, on all levels. Few candidates are “nice” anymore in making their points, in trying to persuade voters to vote for them…

  2. Jackie Says:

    Gave me a chuckle for the day 🙂 you’re right I’m really sick of all the hoopla!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Just fielded a “vote this way” phone call already this a.m. and said, “I am not voting the way you would like me to vote.”

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