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03 December 2009 @ 05:02 pm
so, where's the hidden agenda?  
I ran an errand after lunch today and saw a truck in the work parking lot with a bumper sticker that gave me pause. The sticker was:

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS ...
ESPECIALLY THE SNIPERS!

Hm, I thought, makes a lot of sense. If you're in a battlefield, I would think snipers would be strategic. Especially if it's in-city guerrilla warfare and you're not always sure where the enemy is. Or you need to get into a region and sending in a lot of troops won't work. Or you might be pinned down by someone shooting from a large building with lots of windows. In any of these, snipers could be very useful.

But the style of the bumper sticker makes me think there's something more there, some sort of hidden agenda. All-caps, ellipsis, exclamation point, the word "especially".

It could be that this is someone with an affinity for snipers. Perhaps they, or their family members or friends, were or are snipers. Or they just think snipers are great, much like the people who proclaim their love of Corgis on a bumper sticker ("I <3 MY SNIPERS!" ???)

Or is there another agenda, some form of anti-liberal, anti-peacenik, anti-whatever (anti-Obama?) sentiment being expressed? If there is then, for the life of me, I'm not sure what it is.

Anyone have any thoughts or enlightenment?
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Terri-Lynne DeFinobogwitch64 on December 4th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
It seems to be exactly what you're feeling it is--an anti-liberal sort of thing. The places I found it were either gun enthusiast, Southern or Texan.
jeffsoesbe: demimoore gijanejeffsoesbe on December 4th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, but if it's supposed to be anti-liberal I don't think it was successful in that tactic or that approach.

Oh well! Maybe next time I'll wear my "Obama peace and love" shirt then say "like your bumper sticker" and give the truck owner a total psychedelic freak out!
Dave Thompsonkrylyr on December 4th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Interesting...I haven't actually seen the sticker, so I'm certainly missing something in translation, but part of me could totally read that as a Pro-Pacifism or anti-military sentiment.
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on December 6th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Hmm .. interesting point, that I didn't think about. But it was on a giant pickup truck, so I'd doubt that interpretation...