Through election seasons, political signs dot many yards, but how about 15 or more? One Charlottesville homeowner is doing all he can to flaunt his political pride this election season.
James Sprouse's home on Elliott Avenue is screaming with Romney pride, but he says the meaning behind the signs is more than just political. Obama signs cover lawns across Charlottesville, but Sprouse's home sticks out like a sore thumb.
"I want to make a statement like I do at Christmas time," he said.
Sprouse says a lot of people are afraid to show their beliefs, and that election season decorations bring about the same feelings decorations for other holidays do. And the signs are getting plenty of attention.
"I have people come up and take pictures and say they love my signs and so forth, and I'm like I'm just doing it to create a statement," he said.
That statement is - don't be afraid. Sprouse says he feels like his neighborhood has lots of Democratic pride, but that's not stopping him. "People shouldn't be afraid because they live in a Democratic city or a Republican city, they should be honest."
Sprouse feels people are not practicing their freedom of speech in America and this is a chance to bring it back to life.
He hangs a flag above his signs every morning to put a feeling of hope in the air. Sprouse says the signs only took him a day to put up, but they have led to weeks of satisfaction.
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