Today, as I was driving to pick Cheyenne up from school, there was a car in front of me with a bumper sticker that said, and I quote, "To HELL With Our Enemies; God Bless The United States."
And, yes, that upper-case HELL was actually underlined on the sticker.
That’s a little harsh, is it not? I mean, come on. Snow fell in Baghdad today; fighting stopped and people were happy, if only for a little while. Doesn’t every country deserve a little of that?
I’m reminded of the movie "Head of State" with Chris Rock. He runs for president, and his opponent had the great slogan of "God Bless America, and No Where Else." It seemed pretty absurd in the movie, and yet, here it was, backwoods-redneck-uber-bigoted stupidity at its finest, staring me right in the face, in the very town that I live. The odd thing about it was that the car had a Washington state plate, so whoever was driving it had obviously expanded his horizons a little more than your ordinary close-minded country boy by living more than 2 hours away from the location of his birth. Please note that not every ignorant person is a redneck from Oklahoma.
He or she could be from Alabama.
Another thing that shocked me during that 5 minute trip was the realization that my kid somehow knows the words to Night Ranger’s "Sister Christian". Truthfully, I’m not sure what disturbed me more: The bumper sticker in front of me, or my kid belting out "WHAT’S YOUR PRICE FOR FLIGHT" at the top of her lungs. It’s something to think about.