Bumper Stickers & Polite Society
I was driving around town yesterday and noticed that the car in front of me was full of various liberal and feminist-themed bumper stickers. Being this is Madison, that's not at all unusual. But one bumper sticker caught my eye, got my blood boiling and made me want to rear end the witch (really, her other car was a broom, the bumper stickers said so):
I like your Christ
I do not like your Christians
They are so unlike your Christ
What drives people to display such an incredibly rude & insulting message on their car? Where's the tolerance? Where's the respect for diversity? Just imagine what this woman would think of a similarly intolerant message targeted at Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims or (gasp!) Wiccans?
I was mulling the mentality that would lead someone to insult perfect strangers with their car when I noticed that the new car in front of me not only had a USA-themed "One nation, under God" sticker on the window, it also had a license plate holder which proclaimed "Got Christ? It's HELL without Him!!"
Is it wrong to wish that the witch and the God warrior would get into an accident with each other?
I understand the need to show your allegiance to something. My closet of Wisconsin-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts & flip flops is ample evidence. However, there's a huge difference between proclaiming your love of Wisconsin basketball and proclaiming your hatred of Christians.
Whatever happened to the idea that you shouldn't discuss politics or religion in polite society? Can we please revive that, at least for bumper stickers, before I get into an "accident"?
Posted by at March 4, 2007 12:31 PM
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|# March 4th, 2007 7:29 PM themandownthehall|
|I kind of liked the one that said "Given a choice of no Israel or no Islam, I'll take no Islam". :)
I don't know why people put that crud on their vehicles. It's tacky. It justs asks for trouble. There are too many idiots who will decide to "teach" you a lesson and key your car or break your window because they didn't like the sticker. Lord help the person that had the anti Islam sticker should he veer through Dearborn Michigan. He'll die in the street.
But what do I know? I'm the person who removes the dealer plate holder from the car, right there in the dealer parking lot and hands it back to them. I kindly tell them that if you want that on my car you pay me for advertising. I guess I'm just not with it.
|# March 4th, 2007 7:37 PM themandownthehall|
|Oh, and on the polite side of the issue. Kiss that good bye. Politeness has been replaced with the "IT'S ALL ABOUT MEEEEEE!" attitude. Case in point cell phones. There is no device more rude than a cell phone. Aside the fact that no one just has a ring any more, they all have to play some stupid 10 minute concert for all to hear, people just don't care about those around them when they're talking. Yesterday I was at the store and walked by a girl who was arguing into her phone. This was the quote I heard: "He thinks he can fu** her then try to come over and see me? I told him to take that f'ing sh** out of my face. I didn't want to see his f'ing a** any more..." and on and on. Just cussing and blurting out her sex life for all to hear at the Wal-mart. YouTube and the like make this a "ME ME ME" world. Doesn't matter how, just get your 15 minutes. We are turning into a world of Paris Hiltons. |
|# March 6th, 2007 10:33 AM james|
|my grandmother once walked out of a car dealer because the guy put a dealer plate on the car. back then, it was the kind that you actually punctured the car to affix. i hear that they had already completed the transaction, and they guy was going to hammer the little dealer ad into the car. she said to him "you put that on the car and you can keep it." he laughed, perhaps thinking that she was kidding, then put it on anyway. she somehow canceled the whole transaction and walked out on the deal. |
|# March 6th, 2007 3:57 PM Princess_Midwest|
|your grandma sounds very cool. that's totally something i would do! |
|# March 6th, 2007 6:18 PM james|
|oh, she's quite fiery when it comes to her money. themandownthehall said "I kindly tell them that if you want that on my car you pay me for advertising." my grandma does the exact same thing, only without the "kindly" part. ;-) |
|# March 6th, 2007 10:10 PM themandownthehall|
|My dad taught me that. He was the advertising manager in charge of home care and home improvement centers for Kmart. He hated when I wore shirts for companies like Polo or one of the local bars. He always said "Companies pay millions for advertising, charge them for it, don't give it to them for free". I guess it finally stuck when I bought my first car. I was a naive kid just out of college and bought a brand new Grand Am. The guy offered to put the plate on for me. I actually thanked him. It was almost a week before I noticed the holder. Young and dumb. As opposed to old and dumb like I am now. :) |