Posted Tuesday morning, October 18, 2016.
This morning. Around 8:30. Saw this in the parking lot of McDonald’s as I swung through the drive-thru to grab some coffee---Yes, Chris. It’s still the best coffee in the world. Stickers may be a little hard to read. I need to get a real camera. Let me help you out with a sample…
The one down on the right hand corner of the bumper says “Welcome to America. Now Either Learn English or Leave.”
Up in the right hand corner of the rear window: “NRA Stand and Fight” and that’s a picture of a .45 automatic next to “Piece Be With You”.
Here are some others:
“The Best Homeland Defense is an Armed Citizen”
“Communists Now Call Themselves Democrats”
“Bring Home Our Troops. Send the Democrats”
“Save Freedom. Stop Hillary.”
“What Do You Feel When You Kill a Terrorist? Recoil.”
And, incongruously---or maybe not: “Cats. Nature’s Little Speed Bumps.”
All the stickers look as though they’ve been on there for a long time, weathered, faded, peeling. The "Save Freedom. Stop Hillary” one looks as though it could be left over from 2008 or even from her last Senate run in 2006, although I don’t think the truck itself is that old. All I think this means is that these are long-standing sentiments for the owner and not necessarily feelings ignited by this election. I think we can guess who this guy’ll be voting for, but he seems to be a single-issue voter. Guns really matter to him.
You might be asking yourself, as I did, who could be so frightened and paranoid that he needs to express his gun-nuttery like this? You might also be asking yourself, as I also did, who would mess up an otherwise handsome pickup with all those ugly stickers? Never mind what they say. They just ruin the look of the truck.
Actually, I have a pretty good idea who owns the truck or, at any rate, I’m fairly sure he’s one of a half-dozen or so regular customers, a group of men, white men, in their 60s, I see here from time to time. They like to talk politics. Which is to say they like to complain about how the country’s going to hell in a handcart and it’s all THEIR fault. One of them talks very loudly. But I don’t think he’s the owner. Tell you why.
He talks like one of Limbaugh’s dittoheads which makes me think he’s like Limbaugh himself. Somebody who’s always been all talk, no action. The owner of the pick-up has seen action.
One of the stickers says: “Death Smiles at Everyone. Marines Smile Back.”
Down in the left hand corner of the bumper: “USMC Sniper.”
I have a feeling the subtext of all the stickers is a lot sadder than simply "Vote Trump".
It never goes away. Never.