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  • They Hate My Car (It's Just A Machine)

       August 11, 2004

    A few weeks ago, I picked up a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker at the Madison Farmer's Market. I was proud to show my support for the candidate of my choice.

    Update: This morning when I went to my car my Dummocrats.com sticker was missing (you can see it on the left side of the picture above). I'm seething with white hot anger. Anyone have any ideas of good ways to respond to this (keeping in mind that I have no idea who is doing it).

    Because I live in a "People's Republik", I'm apparently not allowed to show that support without having other people comment on it. I've even had drivers rush to pass me just so they can get my attention so they could give me a big 'ole thumbs down as they drove away.

    And finally, this weekend someone decided to rip the sticker off my bumper completely. Once again, the Left shows that it believes in free speech only for those people that will tow the party line.

    I've managed to live the two years with "support regime change at home" and "no war in my name" stickers and yard signs all over my neighborhood without resorting to theft or vandalism. Would that my liberal neighbors afford me that same respect.


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    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Shawn at August 11, 2004 10:18 PM

    Ah, yes. Free speech for me, but not for thee. I work with a bunch of liberal lawyers in NYC, and I'm only one of 2 vocal conservatives (the rest are closeted). We fear reprisals - and I would say my career has had some hits for it - but since I'm a money maker for them, they let me get away with more than most. But the rest of us know better than to speak up if we ever want to keep our jobs.


     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Drew at August 12, 2004 10:48 AM

    I had my B/C '00 sticker peeled off about three weeks after the 2000 election, but I've had the '04 version on for about 8 months now, without incident.

    A friend of mine has had two different W stickers vandalized, and someone put an "International Terrorist" sticker next to one of them.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Matt Rustler at August 13, 2004 09:40 PM

    Under the circumstances, the best available response probably is to simply put on another sticker. And another, and another, and another . . . let 'em know you won't be silenced.

    I'll admit that I've long fantasized about covering a "Clinton-Gore" or "John Kerry" or "Million Mom March" bumpersticker with a "Charlton Heston is MY President" sticker. I've just never had a good opportunity, probably mostly because I tend to notice bumper stickers only when I'm sitting in traffic, and doing if then would be a real challenge. But anyway, I can't get too preachy on this topic.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: 02hawk796 at August 15, 2004 01:21 PM

    Clearly you do not comprehend the level of Looney Lefty Liberals in the Quasi-Pseudo Intellectual Capital of the Midwest.
    Madison is still the Gay & Lesbian Capital of the World, correct?

    Were I to tempt vandalism (err...protest?) of my vehicle while escaping the Reality which surrounds MadCity, I might re-apply the same sticker in the same place. Making a photocopy at slight size reduction, I would tape the copy on the inside of the window, remaining invisible untill the outer sticker was being removed. However, this would certainly be cause for more aggressive vandalism (errrr...activism?) upon the vehicle. (Yes, vehicle vandalism is protected speech in Madison).

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Mike at August 16, 2004 08:29 PM

    I'm not into vandalism and certainly don't advocate it. What you are seeing is the age old "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction" taking place.

    During the later Clinton years, us Dems had to put up with the constant onslaught of being called "liberal" as if it's a 4-letter word, not to mention all the Clinton bashing. That's all that was on Fox News, 24/7.

    Needless to say, there are some Dems that are really getting fed up with being told to "SHUT UP" by right-wingers (i.e. O'Reilly) when they say something they don't want to hear.

    Fact is, this administration has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. As a result, you are starting to see a groundswell of frustration and anger amongst the left. It's a drumbeat that is going to keep getting louder.

    If you wonder why these sort of things are happening, it's a reaction to the openly hostile attitude so called "liberals" receive by the right. What happened to "Compassionate Conservatism"?

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: james at August 16, 2004 08:37 PM

    the DUDE has spoken

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: John Tant at August 17, 2004 08:16 AM

    Mike, drop the pretense. If you want to rationalize hypocrisy, do it on your own dime, not Dummocrats'.

    For the entire eight years of Clinton's presidency, we were treated to incessant barrages by the Left about how "unreasonable" we were and how "partisan" we were being through the simple and Constitutionally-protected act of honest disagreement with the administration in power. We were vilified in the press and investigated by a DOJ run amok. And through it all, we never...ever...had the conservative mainstream go through the types of character assassination that your side is indulging in right now against President Bush. We never had an agitprop "artist" feted at our conventions, nor had the RNC chairman praise the work of one. And even at the end of a highly-contentious election, in which the Dems did their level best to disenfranchise as many people as they could, our guy took the high road and declared the past the past...despite some pretty damning evidence (Peter Paul, anybody?). So much for your "actions having equal and opposite reactions" theory.

    So for you to sit there and try to justify a bunch of cowardly, ninnified whiners attempting to silence dissent is frankly disgusting. And just as frankly, if the Left wants to indulge in temper tantrums brought on by their "frustration and anger," fine. It's important that those children identify themselves, since this country has to be run by adults, and if your guys can't be bothered to act like grownups, then they have no business whatsoever bothering those who take this country seriously. Instead they need to stay in the Romper Room until they can find it in themselves to act like mature and civilized human beings.

     
     

     

     


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