One Man’s Trash…

Well, by the end of the day we should (hopefully) know the outcome of the 2012 elections. Voters are both excited and even so, fatigued after the long political season wrought with vicious campaign ads, back to back robo-calls, and thrice daily emails from candidates urging you to get out the vote. It’s exhausting to try and sift through the mounds of junk, looking for the facts and figures that actually matter when choosing the president.

Along with the barrage of information being thrown at you, there’s also the political “swag” that makes the rounds. Yard signs, t-shirts, bumper stickers, and yes, political buttons. They’re almost as prevalent as junk mail in this age of one hour printing companies churning off customized campaign party favors, but what some people see as nothing more than junk, others are paying top dollar for.

We may look at the off-set printed “Vote Obama” button as something to be discarded, but 20, 30, 50 years from now, that same inexpensive cello button could be worth thousands of dollars. Political buttons from the 1950′s and 60′s featuring Kennedy, Ike, or Nixon can be found on auction sites selling for five and six figures. Because regardless of how petty an election can get, the outcome from each one helps shape our American history, and therefore has great historical significance for not only history buffs but average’s Janes and Joes who remember where they were when Kennedy was shot, or when Regan demanded that the Berlin wall be torn down.

So I guess what I’m saying is that you should hold onto those gaudy Romney for President political buttons, put them in a shoe box and stuff them in a closet. Give it 20 or 30 years, pull them out, and watch how their impression has changed. What was inexpensive or even tacky when it was new can now be kitschy and steeped in a tradition long gone. It helps to keep this whole crazy election season in check.

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