As frustration among Democrats mounts, their efforts at coping grow increasingly varied. Some are seeking the relative calm of the therapist’s couch, while others attempt to rile the base into action.
An approach taken by a Colorado blogger and author — renting a billboard for public venting — has been taken by others, but this time the effect is something other than what the creator intended.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Anne Landman’s billboard in Grand Junction “reads ‘GOP’ but the Soviet hammer and sickle replaced the O. The sign is also in red and gold, the trademark colors of the former communist nation.”
“I bought the billboard myself for a week purely out of my own level of outrage and frustration over Trump’s secret meeting with Putin in Helsinki,” Landman is quoted as having told the Daily Sentinel.
There's a new billboard along Highway 6 and 50 in Grand Junction that has a lot of people talking. https://t.co/IPCSV3EFMe
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But there’s one small problem with the symbol she chose, however. The hammer and sickle originated during the Russian Revolution. The hammer was meant to represent industrial laborers while the sickle stood for the peasantry. Together they represented the worker-peasant alliance for socialism as an alternative to Russian imperialism.
But if there’s one major political party in the U.S. whose guiding principle is socialism, it’s the Democrats, not Republicans. Some Democrats even describe themselves overtly as socialists. The party, moreover, recently revealed its slogan going into the midterm elections to be “For the people.” What could be more socialistic than that?