Lynn Compton’s campaign schedules a “Hobo Party” and her opponent promptly jumps on this as an excuse to accuse Compton and her supporters of having a callous attitude toward the homeless. Hobos hopping freight trains to travel the country as migrant workers is an iconic image from a subculture that disappeared more than 50 years ago and has virtually nothing in common with the modern homeless.
The hobo lifestyle is still celebrated every year in Britt, Iowa, at the annual “Hobo Convention” (next convention Aug. 3 through 9). Lynn’s event on the afternoon of Oct. 5 at the Oceano Train Depot promises to be both informative and — what a shock for politics — even fun.
The criticism directed against the Hobo Party is yet another example of political correctness gone wild. The main question the criticism raises: Why would anyone on their right mind want to be governed by people who are so politically correct that they get bent out of shape about a “Hobo Party”?