| A Dark Moment for Bumper Sticker Democracy|
|20 Jul 2004 @ 21:30, by Craig Lang|
I discovered a rather disappointing thing today, as I got to my car at the end of the workday. A couple of months earlier, I had placed some new bumper stickers on the back of my car: One expressing environmental thoughts, and one with an American flag, and the words "Peace is Patriotic". When I came out to the parking lot after work today, I noticed that some turkey had ripped off the Peace bumper sticker.
As an engineer, I work with a lot of rather politically conservative people. There are a heluvalota people who simply don't get it. And as a result, I hear a lot of babble about how we are in Iraq to defend democracy, etc. - Yeah, right, my thoughts exactly...
So I guess this example of America's finest must have been thinking all about how he (assuming it was a "he") was defending our rights to free speech, etc. The heart of the American way... :-)
I'm sure the courage with which he performed this selfless act will be forever enshrined in the halls of honor. He is a towering hero in the valiant fight for freedom and democracy. It must have taken alot of guts to anonymously peel that sticker off my car. Known only to God, he will be forever honored - right up there with those who fought and died for our nation. Or maybe not... :-)
I lost a bumper sticker. But this anonymous person out there lost my respect and his own credibility. And he certainly didn't change any of my views in his favor. Though he may believe that he was doing something patriotic, in reality he is no more than a vandal and a petty thief.
I immediately replaced the sticker with another one. But unfortunately I didn't have one handy that had a pacifist theme. The one I did have was the "Love Your Mother" bumper sticker with a picture of the Earth next to it. I guess that will have to do for now. My next act will have to be to get a new peace sticker - maybe something with a more strident message, but probably not. As a pacifist, I don't believe in provocation, just expression. So perhaps it would be best to just replace it with an identical one.
Meanwhile, I'm oh-so-happy to be living in the land of the free - where we all respect each others' rights to speech and peacable assembly - and maybe to a wee bit of sarcasm as well... :-)
20 Jul 2004 @ 23:53 by : lol
I saw one yesterday that said "bush is an idiot", bet his new truck gets scrached up for it. But just the fact the person had the cajones to put that on his new truck, was what america is all about. If it was me, I would find the guy who took your sticker, and find a bunch more stickers to plaster his car with, lol. Not that I would do that, but it would be fun to watch him peal them all off, before the american public saw it, lol.
21 Jul 2004 @ 09:49 by celestial : kNEW bUMPER sTICKER
21 Jul 2004 @ 11:51 by azangel : I saw a bumper sticker that said...
"Buck Fush"...hmmmmmm, wonder what that means? ;)
I like Bushman's idea.. I would love to see that guy pulling off all those stickers on his OWN car!! That cracks me up!
21 Jul 2004 @ 15:37 by : Karma
I think that the law of karma applies big time, here. This guy is probably the law-of-karma poster child... :-)
So I don't think I need to do much of anything. My sense is that at some point he will get his. My only regret is that, since I don't actually know who he is, I won't be able to see it. But in the long run, this is probably a good thing... :-)
22 Jul 2004 @ 01:38 by celestial : kNEW bUMPER sTICKER
PRONUNCIATION...new umper ticker.
Ok now, say it out loud just once. ;}
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