Wednesday, February 27, 2008

and then a bumper sticker offended me

normally i have no problems with bumper stickers on people's cars. well, i do think they are a little ridiculous and i have never understood why people insist on putting their political and religious beliefs all over the back of their car. i mean i get it that your car is a really personal part of you and who you are, and if you want to advertise to the world that you think hillary clinton is c word, then apparently, you're entitled to do it. i guess i just don't understand WHY you would want to show strangers your most personal thoughts and opinions? do you just want to be judged? can you put something on your car that is really controversial and then get offended or upset if someone flips you off, or yells at you while you're driving? cause in my opinion, if you do that, then you kind of deserve it. you can't put something on your car to invoke responses from people and then get mad when they do respond.

per usual, i'm straying.

this morning there was a truck in front of me and he had about 20 bumper stickers plastered all over the back of his car. i couldn't help but read them when i stopped because they were eye level with me and pretty much IN.MY.FACE. so i'm looking at all of them, and then i get to the very last one on the bottom of his truck:

send all liberals to afghanistan

and immediately, right after reading it, i was offended.

not just as a person who considers herself mildly liberal (because i am NOT fanatical liberal, or crazy liberal, or over the top liberal, etc) but as a human. as a person. as a woman. as a mom. as a wife. as a friend. a sister. a daughter. does the guy driving that truck really think that? would he really want that? would he truly support doing something like that???? because i can't imagine someone who didn't believe it, would drive around with it on his car. and so it set me off on a tangent (of course) about how truly mean and cruel that is. and how scary that way of thinking is. and do people really think like that? and just how sad. and how mean. and is the guy driving a father? does he have kids? what if they grow up to be liberals? would he then change his mind and take off his sticker? i mean, WHO PUTS SOMETHING LIKE THAT ON THEIR CAR?????


i guess to me, the equivalent would be something like send all pro-lifers to iraq. now wouldn't that offend all the pro-lifers out there? doesn't that offend you (if you happen to be pro-life) just to read it?? wouldn't you wonder what kind of person i was when you drove past me on the freeway, or am i just blowing this out of porportion cause i'm pms'ing? lol


Anonymous said...

I'm PMSing too so please excuse me for what I'm about to say. I think a total right wing nutjob might put that bumper sticker on their car.

Daddy Dan said...

I never understood the bumper sticker thing either. Who CARES what your opinions are, people! I have noticed that there's a direct correlation between the number of bumper stickers and the level of kookiness of a person.

Jill said...

Husband put it so well one day when he came home and said he was driving through the woods and came upon a pickup parked with two guys in that had two bumper stickers. One said "I will give up my gun when they pry it from my cold dead fingers" and "gun control means using both hands." Now image you see two rifles in a gun rack in the back window. He said "Think I didn't approach that differently than a pickup with NO bumper stickers like that!" Be careful what you wish for , you may get it!!

norcalgirl28 said...

The main problem I have with offensive bumper stickers is that I don't want Drew reading them...and he does and he reads them out loud. Not okay. I also don't like the bumper stickers that put down the president for the same reason. Whether you agree or disagree with the president, do we want a ten year old kid thinking the president is a total idiot? and then expect him to learn about the presidency with any kind of respect in school?

jennster said...

i totally agree about having our kids read them. it's not fair to have that stuff in their face either. especially whent hey ask questions and want to know what it means, etc...

L.A. Daddy said...

Amen :)

Catherine said...

Seriously, what's the deal with bumper stickers?! As if we didn't have enough reasons to be pissed off behind the wheel, what with all the cell phone drivers. I obviously have issues.

Meg said...

After I read this yesterday, I saw a car in the parking lot of the college. Every square inch of it was covered with bumper stickers, and I'm not exaggerating. All I could think was "I wish Ster could see this asshole".

Izzy said...

I'm so with you. It never ceases to amaze me the kind of shit people will plaster a over their cars.

I used to have this big time hunting, fishing and dog loving neighbor. He was, for all intents and purposes, a Florida redneck, as evidenced by his "I love cats. They taste just like chicken" bumpersticker which implies any number of things.

And I was like you thinking WHO DOES THIS??? Who puts something that inflammatory on their car?

Now, I'm an animal lover all the way around. I spent two hours rescuing a dog and trying to find it's owner just last week.

But let's say I wasn't such a fan of dogs...

Would redneck neighbor guy like it if I had "I love dogs. They taste just like steak" on the back of my car?

Or how about "Save a squirrel. Kill a dog"

"I love dogs. They make great coats"

I think he would be as disgusted as I was.

Funny how that works...

Kind of like a "Send all Religious Neocon Nutjobs to Afghanistan" might touch a nerve, ya know?

And let me just stop all the wackos in their tracks and clarify that the above statement is an example.