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I'd like to make a case for more liberal Bumper stickers. Why? you might ask. Well, its because people spend a lot of time in their cars. They see a lot of Bumper Stickers. I am bombarded by tea party stickers all around me. They are sometimes clever, but always make me cringe in disgust. They always provoke a response from me, whether it is speeding up and cutting this person off then slamming on the brakes, or just muttering something under my breath if I have anyone else in the car with me.

The one that gets me is The word "STOP" in white block letters on a red octagonal background. I'm sure you've all seen it, It resembles one of those darn socialist "Stop Signs" constantly impeding MY ability to drive MY car as fast as I can through MY residential neighborhood. Then below this "Stop Sign" is the word "Socialism" in a Bold Black Block font. I think to myself, would you have any use for this car you are driving had we not had socialist roads and highways? Would we even have this suburban neighborhood had we not had Eisenhower's Socialist interstate highway system?

So In response to this, I have decided to post here my idea for a bumper sticker to respond to the "Stop Socialism" the tea partiers are proudly displaying.... On the background of the Interstate Shield That marks every interstate highway the following text: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF MY HIGHWAY"

The reason I feel we need bumper stickers is because the average American does not care to read a well thought out piece here at the DailyKos. In my opinion a good bumper sticker can turn the tide of the american psyche. People see the "Stop Socialism" sticker and see Big Red (communist russia) and Bold Black (do I have to even). This creates new "obamaphobes" more than we are willing to admit. However stupid it may seem, I think its important to tap into voter stupidity, on their level, and throw out some slogans that just show us in a good light or simply make you think twice about the last slogan you read. (But not think more than twice because people who'd think more than twice would obviously come here, to Dkos, and read well thought pieces.)

A close friend of mine, when discussing this topic, said to me, "The problem is, bad ideas are the easiest to squeeze into a slogan." I tend to agree with that however as I state above, It doesnt need to be the do all end all of our worries, it just needs to change the light thats being shown on progressives.

That is why I think we need more bumper stickers, we need them to supplement the thoughts of liberal bloggers, and progressive voices. People will not listen to the voices if they are predisposed to think they are wrong, or "less right' than their current thought. Telling people "they are wrong" isnt going to change their minds, its going to galvanize them, making them laugh, then showing them how it would be different... and Better... is the only way I see to be able to stay in power.

Originally posted to eye h8 Florida on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 08:31 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    I seriously hate Florida. (not Floridians)

    by eye h8 Florida on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 08:31:17 AM PDT

    •  I h8 your handle. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      raincrow, Hedwig, YaNevaNo

      h8 is a strong and negative emotion. Do something positive with your life.

      "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

      by trashablanca on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 08:33:47 AM PDT

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      •  Im trying (0+ / 0-)

        Im trying to move away from this dump of a state. I hate the weather, I hate their politics, I just want to get back to jersey, bub. All the other witty names I came up with were already taken and this was a last resort, a thrown hands up into the air in exasperation move.

        Did you want to talk about bumper stickers?

        I seriously hate Florida. (not Floridians)

        by eye h8 Florida on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 09:36:18 AM PDT

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  •  It is an unfortunately necessary (1+ / 0-)
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    raincrow

    move we need to make.  And while complex issues can't be reduced to bumper sticker slogans, pieces of complex issues can.  A friend of mine sugggested "leave me lie" stickers for "anti-socialists" to put on their cars or motorcycles so that in case of an accident our socialist first responders won't pick them up and cart them via our socialist ambulance service to our socialist county hospital.  In sort of a reverse on that, I'd suggest a very simple series of "Socialist _____, You Betcha!" bumperstickers. That way for minimal expense you can promote the vital services our country needs that teabaggers want, but don't want to pay for.

    •  I found quote (1+ / 0-)
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      bfitzinAR

      the other day, I was talking to someone about tea bagging and a certain Lee Atwater came up. The quote was about him speaking about "The Southern Strategy" and will link to the wiki, but will not post his quote because I find it to be on the side of reprehensible, and since I was already criticized for my handle here, I wont post any hate quotes even if it exposes the master of hate, the Modern GOP...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      'Bout halfway down under the heading "Evolution"

      I seriously hate Florida. (not Floridians)

      by eye h8 Florida on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 09:43:06 AM PDT

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      •  oh and (2+ / 0-)
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        bfitzinAR, FarWestGirl

        I left out that this pertains to your comment about "what tea baggers want" but arent willing to pay for. My impression of what "tea Baggers want" is Jim Crow and "Separate but equal" and truly care not for deficits...

        I seriously hate Florida. (not Floridians)

        by eye h8 Florida on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 09:44:37 AM PDT

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        •  teabaggers want a whole lot of (1+ / 0-)
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          FarWestGirl

          mutually exclusive things - they do care about the deficit, but fully believe the Koch propaganda about where their tax dollars go (apparently abortions for Muslim welfare queens, as far as I can figure out from the rants) and seem to think the services they themselves are "entitled to" are provided at no cost by elves and brownies.  They want their "freedoms" but seem to think that only white male fundamentalist xians should have them and that their freedoms are diminished by anybody else having freedoms.  What they most seriously have bought from the koolaid the Kochs are peddling is that they - who two centuries earlier would have been poor white trash eating worse than slaves - would somehow become rich, plantation-owning elites if we could just "get our country back".  Well, the Kochs would, but then, they're already rich.

  •  I love bumper stickers (5+ / 0-)

    and I have discovered that it's relatively easy to make your own at places on the web like cafe express.

    This is my current one:

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    John McCain is deeply disappointed that Barack Obama has failed to follow through on John McCain's campaign promises.

    by tiponeill on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 08:55:23 AM PDT

  •  bumper stickers are funny and all... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but have they really ever changed anyone's mind about anything?

    I usually only look at bumper stickers to see if the person in the car is an asshole or someone I could possibly get along with. A Bush bumper sticker usually works as an "idiot driver" sign, so I try to pass them before they can do something assholish.  

    And usually if a car has more than three of 'em on it, I usually figure the person's likely to be annoying and obnoxious even if I agree with 'em all. :)

    Anyway, they're fun, but more as an identifying device than any real mind-changer.

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 09:05:59 AM PDT

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