July 15, 2003

America: Support it or GET OUT

I saw this decal on the window of a big-honkin' van this morning.

Support it or
And I thought to myself "Self, this is why I have a weblog."

So here is my open letter to this person.

Dear 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
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how about "America: it's a free country, remember?"

Posted by: Ryan at July 15, 2003 1:01 PM

MUCH catchier. Good call.

Posted by: JP at July 15, 2003 1:03 PM

The position of that decal alone would be sufficient to determine the intelligence of the car's owner. Literally and figuratively it says to me, "Who have we left behind? Who cares!"

Posted by: Mike at July 15, 2003 1:29 PM

I wish I had seen the sticker so I could have crossed out "America" and replaced it with "Nazi Germany".

Posted by: Mike at July 15, 2003 1:31 PM

America: Our dictators get rid of yours so you don't have to.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 15, 2003 3:15 PM

Fabulous, Chuck!

I've nearly ordered the following bumper sticker many many times, and I think I really ought to now:

What's worse: screwing an intern or screwing the country?

Many more available at http://www.gwbush.com/store.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 16, 2003 9:12 AM

The irony of such a vapid slogan is that he'd probably have a similar bumper sticker whether he was living in Nazi Germany, North Korea or any other place as long as he was wealthy enough to own a van to stick it on.

Posted by: Julie at July 17, 2003 1:03 PM

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