Sunday, May 8, 2011
As I sat in my parked car this afternoon, I heard someone behind me. She was reading my bumper sticker, the one that I designed. I heard her voice: "Pro-GOD, Pro-LIFE, Pro-FAMILY, Pro-COUNTRY, Pro-PALIN 2012." Her reading was followed by a bit of a grunt. I figured whoever it was didn't realize someone was sitting in the car, so I decided to reveal myself.
I opened my car door, and that's when I saw the older woman and a man who was probably her husband. I said, "Hi." She responded with a quick "Hi." Then, referring to my sticker, she said, "Terrible!" I said, "I'm sorry you feel that way, but God bless you." I would have loved to engage in a conversation with this woman about what was so "terrible" about my sticker, but she didn't hang around. She walked quickly to her car, mumbling--about my bumper sticker, no doubt.
I can't help but wonder what she was mumbling about, though. I must admit to being very intrigued about what portion of the message on my car got her all riled up. Let's take a look at it and see if we can reach a logical conclusion.
Pro-GOD: Is this the "terrible" phrase that set her off? Now, that would be interesting. Perhaps this woman takes umbrage at the idea of the existence of God. If so, she might consider finding a small cottage to live in. She and the few other non-believers might find life enjoyable there. Most Americans, however, would not be interested in such an arrangement, for polls show that about 90% of Americans believe in God. They do not all agree on every aspect of faith, but they believe God is real. Perhaps this woman is among the minority in this country who chooses to believe that man created himself and answers to himself alone.
Pro-LIFE: What a pity it would be if on this Mother's Day, the woman turned her nose up at the value of life, of bringing a child into the world, nurturing that soul, and cherishing him or her. If life is "terrible," I wonder what her response would be to a Planned Parenthood sticker boasting of the abundance of lives slaughtered in the womb. Maybe that would meet with her approval. If so, she is again in the minority. Most Americans, polls show, now identify themselves as pro-life, not pro-abortion (or pro-choice, as they like to call themselves). This shift has taken place since 2008, which is rather interesting, as that's precisely the time when a certain Mama Grizzly came onto the scene consistently and unapologetically declaring the value and promise of every human life.
Pro-FAMILY: Who can argue with the value of family? Is not the family the backbone of our society? Aren't good family values what we turn to in our own lives, what we teach our children, and what we expect to lead us forward? Granted, there has been an all-out war on the family structure of one woman and one man. In fact, most recent polls suggest slightly more Americans now support gay marriage. Personally, I question these polls because it seems that when put to a vote, gay marriage simply doesn't hold water. Nonetheless, it's possible that the bumper sticker reader equates pro-family with pro-husband and wife, which is a correct interpretation. And perhaps she--as she walked with her own husband--is insulted by such a "terrible" concept.
Pro-COUNTRY: I have very little to say about this. Quite simply, if she doesn't like it, she can find another place to live. America is cool like that. Nobody is making anyone stay. Funny, though, how not too many are seeking departure, but multitudes are trying to get in--many illegally, at that. Judging from the jubilant flag-waving that began last week upon news of Osama bin Laden's death, people are excited about the power of America, the skill and sacrifice of our military, and our traditional standing in the world. May our enemies know the "terrible" consequences of trying to take us on, and may our citizens become more pro-country than ever.
So if being pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, and pro-country is near and dear to the hearts of most Americans, why take issue with the bumper sticker? I admit that I don't know for sure, but I venture a guess that the woman didn't take issue with much of what the sticker said. I venture a guess that she couldn't have even held a serious argument against any of those things when presented with facts. Actually, I dare say that more likely than not, she was in agreement with that much of the message. So where did "terrible" come in? Could it have been the "Pro-PALIN 2012" part that got under her skin?
One thing I've noticed about people who have believed the lamestream media lies about Governor Palin is that many lose all ability to think rationally when her name is mentioned. Many would sell their own souls and sell out their own beliefs if it means demonizing the Governor and writing her off as someone so far-fetched, someone so radical, and someone so "terrible" as to elicit a response like I received from the grunting passerby today. In reality, people like her, if they were to be honest, would have to admit that they actually agree with Governor Palin on a majority of the issues--as most Americans do--or they'd have to admit that they are in the far-Left, radical segment of the population who disagree with patriotism, freedom, national security, human dignity, and good old-fashioned common sense. Then there are those who would embarrassingly have to admit that they have no idea what Governor Palin stands for, as all they know about her is what Tina Fey has depicted, what the media has spouted, and what burying their heads in the sand has wrought.
Like so many others, I pray that 2012 will find Governor Palin in the running to become President of the United States, for I know that at that time many who haven't yet seen the light will see her for who she is. And to those who dare stand and face her in debating the issues, she will show herself to be the "terrible" opponent with whom they must contend. That, ladies and gentlemen, will be quite the daunting task.