Letter: Make Asheville great again

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MAGA hats and Confederate flags. I celebrate the conservative right for peacocking their beliefs. Especially when I see it in downtown Asheville. Republicans honor and display their First Amendment rights better than anybody. They wear their politics on their sleeves, belts, bumpers, truck beds, hats and I’m sure in places only their spouses or next of kin get to ever see. And many liberal Democrats hate them for it.

It’s called freedom of speech.

The media is using this right on a daily basis depicting Democrats as hate-mongering suppressors of our Bill of Rights. The ones I know are not this, but many of them shudder when they see these so-called symbols of hate. How about representing your liberal views with the same amount of vigor as your opposition does? Start wearing hats and belt buckles in masses to create a balance of political beliefs. Global-warming tank tops and round Earth bikini bottoms will fit right in with our town’s fashionistas. And nobody would blink an eye. We’re Asheville, baby!

I personally believe the rebel flag should be retired into museums as a relic of the past. But who cares what I think? It’s not a big deal. It’s just my opinion. And the “next of kin” comment is just a joke to stereotype Southerners. I’m a Southerner, and I think it’s funny. So, pet one of your 15 hunting dogs while whittling on the front porch or creep down into your basement to love on your pot plants. Chill. Vote. And enjoy our differences.

Being different is what makes Asheville great.

— Jeff Bloomer
Mills River

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9 thoughts on “Letter: Make Asheville great again

  1. Lulz

    LOL but Asheville is the very definition of CONFORMITY. And unless you are blind there bud, look at the back end of the cars of the bumper sticker sheep. And they aren’t preaching anything conservative.

  2. BanditButterCupMakerofHappy

    Your symbols of “hate” are not symbols of hate to most of the people that display them. Symbols of the past and regional roots maybe, yeah in some form. Most symbols carry more than one meaning anyways, basic symbology here dude. Also, if you’re watching tv for news or anything corporate controlled, your a propaganda zombie anyways.

    Any way you spin it, America is better now than it was. End of story dude. Stop trying to cut testicles off boys for the love of god – (stereotype for you diehard dems).

    P.S. I don’t swing right either, Its just Common Sense.

    • Godslayer

      Swastikas aren’t symbols of “hate” to the Nazis who display them either! So why should anyone be upset about swastikas?

    • Lou

      “America is better now than it was”…seriously? You must have grown up in N. Korea. I guess it doesn’t take much to make simpletons happy. #VoteBlueNoMatterWho #DumpTrump

        • Lou

          It was Obama’s victory and Dump is running with it. He never does anything great on his own. #Impeached (lifetime stain).

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