Friday, November 02, 2012
so you're saying we're in trouble
i saw the above car on october 31st, 2012. the date doesn't really matter, but the stickers sort of do. what am i talking about, the stickers are about 75% of why i took the photo.
on the driver side of the car, a sticker that reads omg (obama logo for the o), obama must go.
on the passenger side of the car, a romney/ryan sticker.
these aren't that surprising or noteworthy to me, especially living in the valley, which is largely conservative. and although i didn't get a great look at the guys in the car, they looked working class, white, middle aged.
what really got me was the sticker in the middle. you see, that's an upside american flag. from usflag.org, "It is flown upside down only as a distress signal."
now, i know that. in fact, i used to delight in annoying my dormmates that hung a flag in our lobby because i'd always flip the flag upside down when they weren't paying attention. it was my little protest to them pushing it on us all, i was a little punk, and i got a kick out of poking them. i did it enough that they took the flag down.
so, when i saw the combo of these three stickers, i knew that these gents, or at least whomever owns the car, was trying to protest the direction of our country under president obama. that's cool, you can do that. i disagree with you, i don't think out country is under distress due to presidential direction. however, i wondered how they would have felt if they'd seen something similar under the last president. or his daddy. or reagan. or whatever other president that they liked? would they have called me unpatriotic? would they be angered by such a demonstration? would they told me to love america or leave it? would it go beyond all that?
obviously, we'll never know. but, back to the date of the photo. i'm hoping that on november 7 that these guys will be feeling the blues of another 4 years of president obama - a president that has turned around the economy, that has produced a housing market that is better than four years ago, a president that is leading our nation out of it's wars, a president that isn't sabre rattling his way into another war, a president that is working to improve the infrastructure of the country, a president that has fought for equality for all americans. hopefully, these guys will get another 4 years of improvement, even if they won't acknowledge it.