I saw this decal on the window of a big-honkin' van this morning.
America:And I thought to myself "Self, this is why I have a weblog."
Support it or
So here is my open letter to this person.
I saw your decal, which appeared to be carefully applied and centered on the tinted rear window of your van. You had Massachusetts license plates, so I assume you are a resident. Just thought I'd let you know that here in Massachusetts, we're just about as liberal as they come on the east coast. I guess it's to my credit that the first thing that I thought to say to you was not "Massachusetts: Get Liberal or Get Out" or something similar. I did think of it, about 30 minutes later, but it wasn't the first thing I thought of.
You see, the first thing I thought was that you were talking about people who didn't support the war. You know which one I'm talking about -- the one for which the president is currently having trouble explaining the distortions (read: lies) he uttered to get people all psyched up. Perhaps you even put that decal on right after one of his speeches. I can't know for certain.
But that's what I'm thinking. I can't know for certain why you put that decal on, or for whom it is even intended. It's a trite little slogan, a variation on "America: Love it or leave it." In your careful application of the decal, you didn't take time to define "support."
America is not a perfect nation. My definition of "support" is to try to get rid of misguided leaders and vote in good ones. So, I figure I'm on the supporting side. I have a feeling you'd differ with my definition of support. In case you do, then I'd like to reply to you: "America: Work to make it better and quit telling people to get out. Oh, and take your blinders off while you're at it."
OK, not as catchy, but you get the idea, don't you? I'm planning to stay here and change America. For the better, in my humble opinion. You can thank me later.Posted by James at July 15, 2003 12:16 PM