As I was driving to work today, I saw a bumper sticker that said, “Defend America, Defeat Bush”. This is a most common bumper sticker I see in the area I live in. As I get closer to the area I work in, I see more stickers that say, “Bush/Cheney” and “W’04”. No biggie, right? Well, I had a problem with the bumper sticker that said, “Defend America, Defeat Bush”…..
Not for the reasons you think, I’m sure. No, I’m not a republican nor a democrat. I’m non-party affiliated, and more often than not, believe that “the man (= the government) is out to get me, man!” and “Die Yuppie Scum” (to sum up my crypster age at least). My problem was that the bumper sticker was taped to the inside window of the vehicle.
Beginning as far back as high school, I believed this was a sign of a poser. Some kid trying to rebel against their parents by listening to Fugazi, had the balls enough to actually TAPE the band sticker to the car their parents bought them. This action told me:
A. They are not real Fugazi fans
B. They are not to be trusted
C. What is to stop them from taking the sticker down and replacing it with a Color Me Badd sticker since it’s so easy (unlike a bumper sticker) at the toss of a hat?
D. Do they REALLY feel strong about Fugazi – enough to decorate the car their parents bought them? And what kind of kid gets a new car bought for them in the first place? Obviously not some punk kid that I ran around with circa 1993!
Yes, yes. In all relative terms, I’m pretty young to be bitching. But I was bitching about it back then, when my car was chalk full of band stickers I searched high and lo for! I would save up my money every summer to come out to Denver from KC to go to Wax Trax, just to get cool stickers and T-shirts you couldn’t even remotely find in the Midwest! HEY!!! I STILL have those goth boots I bought with pointy toes, and skull buckles at Fashion Nation! I just CAN’T give them up after not wearing them for 10 + years! Okay, Okay, I’m getting off the subject…..
The subject is the same after 14 years:
If you have to say something to the point of buying a bumper sticker and proudly displaying your views of the world on your car, for god’s sake, attach it to the fucking car with the glue it came with! Don’t think you are sending the same message with your scotch tape and “I can take it off my brand new yuppie car much easier when it’s not cool anymore” attitude. I don’t care if you’re conservative OR liberal! Just stick to your guns! You seem just as flaky and ambiguous in your beliefs as most of our politicians! Are you THAT lazy that when your sticker becomes faded and dated you can’t just go out to your car with a razor blade and soapy water? If you’re THAT put out by your views, then maybe you shouldn’t be displaying them at all. It might be more worth your time to just drink some wine at your friend’s cocktail party and spout your views after you’ve become a bit tipsy. That way if you change your mind about it later, you can always blame it on “that one night at Joe’s house”.