Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The meaning of those magnetic yellow ribbons

It finally dawned on me why those magnetic yellow ribbons are so popular, more popular than any other display of support for the troops and/or the war. Those ribbons appear on many a vehicle that has no other message emblazoned on its backside. The reason: they're magnetic. You don't have to sully your ride with a sticker that will ruin the finish and look ugly 6 months from now. And if you change your mind, no problemo! You can just peel the magnet off. In short, the magnetic yellow magnet requires no commitment.

Those ribbons are a metaphor for the character of many Americans' support for the war in Iraq. They support the war, but aren't willing to make any sacrifices to support it. They won't pay higher taxes. They won't stop driving giant gas-guzzling SUVs. They won't even tarnish their vehicles with some bumper-sticker glue.

Here is one idea about what you can do with those yellow ribbons.


Blogger Steve Nadis said...

Where can I get one?

10:42 AM  
Blogger Bart Wright said...

I didn't realize until now that they are magnetic and not stuck on. I guess I've always wanted to give them a wide berth.

But here's something I've been wondering about. I live in the western suburbs of Boston. Why do I see so many bumper stickers supporting Bush and so very few favoring some liberal opinion, given that most opinion here is liberal? Is it resignation? Is it fear that some right-winger will smash your windows? Yellow ribbons might be displayed by those who oppose the war but support the troops as individuals, so I'll call that a separate issue. But when I do sight that occasional liberal car, as often as not it is plastered with a dozen bumper stickers. I can't think of a really good liberal sticker. I toyed with the idea of the UN flag above the US flag, but the UN is a very imperfect organization.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Alec Wysoker said...

Cambridge, MA is not representative of anything, but here, the anti-Bush bumper stickers overwhelm the pro-Bush by maybe 50 to 1. Even in the suburbs, I doubt in most of Massachusetts there is much worry of having a window broken by a Bush supporter. It is, after all, the most liberal state in the country.

The UN may not be perfect, but I believe in it in principle, and believe it can be made better.

6:07 PM  
Blogger webfanatic said...

Nice! I'm surprised I haven't seen more insightful commentary on those things. Every time I see one, I start to wonder, "Where is all the cash going".

I'm betting the voting habits of yellow ribbon owners is heavily skewed towards Republican.

3:33 PM  

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