Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Adventures in Bumper Stickering

The kidlets and I went for a walk after lunch. I had to get The Girl out of the house before I killed her -- the handsoap all over the bathroom, the broken magazine rack, the spilled water, etc. were getting to be a bit much for me. Plus we had to go buy something at one of the shops on the main drag through the neighborhood.

I loaded the children in the stroller and promised them each cookies if they could be good in the store and on our walk -- don't let anyone ever tell you that bribery is a bad thing, the walk and trip into a store of breakable stuff was much better for it.

So after making our purchase we went up the street to our friendly neighborhood deli. Except that The Girl jumped out of the stroller in the doorway (just call her Houdini) and I ran over her foot with the stroller (no actual injuries sustained) that stop was uneventful.

On the way out, a car with lots of bumper stickers caught my eye. I love reading other people's bumper stickers. I don't put them on my own car as a general rule, but I do love seeing what everyone else feels so important to emblazon across their car's back. This car was more noteworthy than some. On the bumper was a suggestion that one should, "Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes." This sentiment of courage of conviction and opinion was actually only offered to some though, because on the rear window was another sticker proclaiming, "If only closed minds came with closed mouths."

In other words, speak your mind if we agree, but otherwise shut up. Tell me again, who's the closed minded one here?

2 comments:

mike said...

Interesting dichotomy on that car.
I agree with "speak your mind." Everyone, no matter how repugnant I may personally find their opinion, is entitled to speak their mind, but it's sad that the "closed mind:" sticker is on the same car.
I'd be interested in knowing if the car owner was a close-minded lefty or rightie. I could see the car belong to any person who doesn't tolerate opposing viewpoints.

Jordana said...

Unless there is a right-winger shopping in the "I hate America and everything it stands for" store (and I am not saying that all Dems are in that camp, but the stuff from the place I found that sells these stickers is of that style), I think this one was a leftie. Google either of those slogans and you'll pull up stores that sell those stickers along with all the other usual and unusual paraphenalia of nastiness, loathing, and smug superiority that certain liberals feel for the other side.

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