While I was on my vacation, I realize the power of a bumper sticker. What do I mean by that? Well let me explain. For our vacation, we drove from Minnesota to Daytona Beach Florida. While on the road I think you get to the point of being able to tell just a little bit about any person by the bumpers stickers that are on their vehicle. You can tell what they like, you can tell what they hate and certainly you can tell their political affiliation. I tend to make it a little bit of a game to get to know these people just a little bit by their bumper stickers.
I have known that Minnesota is a liberal state, but while you live in a place it is possible to get accustomed to something and not realize just odd the place is. While in Minnesota I have always seen lots of John Kerry bumper stickers and of course lots of Paul Wellstone bumper stickers and I just sort of got used to that. It just seemed normal and I assumed all states would be about the same. Boy was I wrong!
So, I was paying attention to bumper stickers. Once we were south of Wisconsin I realized that no one had John Kerry bumper stickers on their car. In the whole time we were south of Wisconsin, I only counted three Kerry stickers. I think I only saw one of the rainbow stickers and no Hate Bush stickers. I saw what seemed like billions of pro Bush stickers. Everywhere I looked I saw “W” or Bush 04.
This was really weird, my heart almost leapt. It was like I was home at where I was really supposed to be living. There were millions of people who thought like me and acted like me. Granted I didn’t really get to know everything about these people so yes I’m sure there were whackos out there on the roads also, but there was a very discernable difference in the people on the road.
Then, it was time to come home. Once we got into Wisconsin on the way home it appeared that every other car had a Kerry sticker on it. Every third one had one of the rainbows plastered on it. I was coming back to Mars or Venus or is it Jupiter… My tension level was going up and I was back to the battle ground. Maybe that is why I live in Minnesota, one conservative in the sea of liberals, fighting the good fight.
I must say, it was great to be among those that think like me. Maybe that was the best part of vacation. Now back to the battle of the bumper stickers…