There are lots of bumper stickers flying around Asheville these days — lots of big, righteous opinions. Inasmuch as it goes to freedom of speech and expression, I guess I have no problem with it, but can we show a little consistency, please?
I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a Volkswagen Beetle that said "Coexist" next to another that said "Biodiesel: No War Required.” The original Volkswagen (“people's car” in German, designed by Dr. Porsche — yes, that Porsche) was absolutely commissioned by Adolf Hitler to be built so that all citizens of his cleansed society could have affordable, reliable transportation. Not exactly a rolling memory of peaceful coexistence. I saw "Once a Marine, Always a Marine" on the back of a Kia. Not only is Kia a Korean automaker (we lost quite a few good Marines in Korea) but also K.I.A. means “killed in action,” almost always on foreign soil.
How about the "Support Our Troops" yellow ribbon actually strategically placed on the fuel door of an H3! Are you kidding me? There is a minor point to be argued that we are at war in the Middle East over oil supplies. You look like a moron at 10 mpg, trust me.
My favorite was a "Jesus Loves You!" next to "Speak English or Get Out!" I wish I were kidding about that one. You mean if Jesus himself came up to you speaking his guttural Hebrew or Aramaic? Wow.
In short, I'm just sick of the overt hypocrisy and blatant ignorance perfectly quantified in vinyl. Here's a bumper sticker for my fellow countrymen: "The American People: Loud, Confident and Wrong since 1776!" Me? I've got the "Out of Work? Hungry? Eat Your Import" on the back of my Ford Crown Victoria, a proud American automobile. Actually, it's made in Canada. I'm pretty sure the sticker is from China.
— Sidney Nemms