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JTG of the PRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:47 PM
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Why do they have to be such sarcastic, bitter assholes?
Just after I left work this afternoon, I was greeted with a sight that made me laugh and cringe at the same time. It was one of the simplest things you could imagine a bumper sticker. And yet, despite its simplicity, it conveyed a message so filled with bitterness, so packed with stubbornness, so unbelievably negative that it could not go unanswered:



So hows that hope and change working out for you?

Could somebody explain to me the reasoning behind this little gem, brought to you by rightwingswag.com? Have these right-wingers already become so bitter, so hardened, so jaded that they feel the only way of making their voices heard is by mocking abstract concepts like hope and change?

I dont know the woman who was driving the car that had this bumper sticker carefully placed on the right side of the rear windshield, and Im sure I never will. Im positive it wont be a great loss, since she decided that her crusade against the twin demons of hope and change was important enough to spend $5.99 (plus shipping) to get said bumper sticker from the aforementioned website. I simply cant fathom actually spending money to display to the world my disapproval of hope and change.

Incidentally, dont spend too much time poking through the products there. The Limbaugh/Hannity in 2012 merchandise nearly made me hurl.

Maybe I just dont understand the mindset of the sarcastic, bitter conservative asshole these days. Do they hate change for the sake of change? Do they die a little inside every time they hear the word hope? Does Obamas voice give them a sort of logic seizure, during which they can only shake and vibrate madly while cursing hope and change until their throats are raw?

I can understand being afraid of change. Conservatives had it good in this country for the last eight years sitting fat and happy while Bush Co. drove the country into the ground, spent our nations reputation haphazardly, sent thousands of our bravest men and women in uniform to die thousands of miles away from their homes and their families in unjustified war, plunged us deeper and deeper into debt, made their capitalist cronies happy by loosening restrictions on all sorts of things, ignoring the warning signs that screamed that an economic crisis was imminent, allowed the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer AND sicker, and permitted terrorists to kill nearly 3000 American citizens on American soil. With all that going on, what conservative WOULDNT be shedding bitter tears of sadness once Bush Co. was swept out of office?

Granted, Obama hasnt fixed every problem in the country yet. Hes been in office for, what, almost eight months, and the economy still isnt fixed, global warming still isnt slowing down, and we still dont have universal healthcare? Maybe those conservatives have a point Obama DID promise to fix all those things within his first week on the job and to once again make America the land of milk and honey.

Whats that you say? Obama DIDNT promise all those things would happen within days of taking office? Well, now I really AM confused, because the only reason that somebody could become so afraid of change and so bitter towards hope would be if they just didnt understand anything at all! That certainly couldnt be the case! I REFUSE to accept that explanation!

I suppose Ill never understand the hard-core conservative mind. How could somebody lose hope and fear change in such a short amount of time? How could anybody become so bitter and cynical to the way of the world that they actually long for the status quo and the continued downward spiral we were on? Why dont these people understand that change doesnt happen over night, and that hope is all we can possibly have for the future?

So you know what? My hope is doing just fine, thank you. I can see the change around me, and Im excited that I finally live in a country where the President is a thoughtful man who has decided to use his intelligence, his passion, and his heart to the best of his ability and put them towards making not only our country better, but towards making our entire WORLD better.

I just hope that people like the woman I saw today will change their minds. Failing that, I hope they will all just go away.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:49 PM
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1. "Pretty well, thanks." nt
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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:50 PM
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2. They live in deathly fear of losing their pathetic little privilege
White, male, straight, middle class, and any combinations of it they get to feel better than the "other" and a more inclusive society threatens that.
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Seeking Serenity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:50 PM
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3. We did our share of mocking for eight years
It is in the nature of things.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:55 PM
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11. Our mocking was based on facts and logic, not nationalism, prejudice, opinion and fear. n/t
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Seeking Serenity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:03 PM
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16. Oh, c'mon.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 07:05 PM by Seeking Serenity
Bumper stickers equating Bush with Nazism was based on facts and logic?

Let's just drop it.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:16 PM
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19. If I'd seen one of those, I'd have tried to patiently explain the difference...
between Nazis and Fascists to the owner. Unlike our current crop of brownshirts, most Dems and liberals will listen to a logical argument/explanation.

The tactics may be similar (and Kkkarl borrowed heavily from the Nazi propaganda playbook), but the ideology is completely different.
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:02 PM
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25. +1
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:58 PM
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24. +1
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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:51 PM
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4. "It still beats the alternative!"
;)
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:52 PM
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5. They're not going to change their minds or go away
and the best we can hope for is that enough people get sick of all the negativity that they're pushed out to the fringes until we're all long dead and buried.

These are the people the founders warned us about, and why they were less than sanguine about the long term hopes for the Republic.
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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:52 PM
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6. That's one of the sillier ones.
My 'Hope' and 'Change' would be working out a lot better if certain people would stop being so paranoid, shut the fuck up and get their fat, white asses the hell out of the way.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:53 PM
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7. It's their nature
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mullard12ax7 Donating Member (500 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:53 PM
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8. If the U.S. decided to hold a few war criminals accountable, that would filter down
to holding regular citizens responsible in every aspect of life in America. Until then, we all are expected to eat shit as 2nd-class citizens.
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oligarhy Donating Member (178 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:54 PM
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9. Works great for me, too bad you guys are such losers
that would probably shut him up.
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:54 PM
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10. I think it's a legitimate question.. we aren't really getting what we wanted
where's my HR676?

why am I being forced to settle for the crappy HR3200 that is a giant kiss with tongue for the insurance companies and a bend over and take it for the rest of us?

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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:57 PM
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12. They believe in nothing, they ridicule everything n/t
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:57 PM
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13. I have seen many anti-Bush bumper stickers, I don't see why some anti-Obama bumper stickers
should be worthy of note, unless they are blatantly racist or bizarre. The bumper sticker in your OP seems fairly tame.
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lysosome Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:58 PM
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14. Hell, I'm a bitter sarcastic asshole. Who wouldn't be after the last 8 years?!
Just don't be calling me a republican!!!!!!!!1111oneone one
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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:59 PM
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15. saw that in Cville a couple weeks ago. Old white guy in car with engine running in parking lot
of grocery store - window open. So as I walked by I waved, pointed to his bumper, smiled broadly and said "The Change of administrations has given me Hope - and it's been just great, thanks for asking!"

Funny thing was several other folks noticed the exchange and all gave big grins and thumbs up. Poor widdle mister grumpy....
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backwoodsbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:07 PM
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17. do you read DU?
the right doesn't have a patent on assholish stuff :)
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:07 PM
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18. It's working out well enough, thank you. I am seeing the changes
I wanted, and for the first time in 8 years I have great hope for my future.
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:20 PM
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20. Certainly better for me than for them..
I "Hope" they "Change" but know they never will. America is the lessor for them I am afraid.
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Minimus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:20 PM
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21. I would so have to leave a post it note on her window with my answer
"Thanks for asking - That hope and change is working out for me just fine."
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:31 PM
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22. They have been using that line since a week after the inauguration
Once again, they needed to blow their wads so fast they couldn't even wait a month into the term to bring that shit out. That what kills me about those people, they are so fucking obvious at being idiots that they think no one will notice.

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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:34 PM
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23. You are taking it too literal
the person is not against hope or change, they are trying to make the point that the person promising so much hope and change has not delivered all that much. They probably thought it was phony to start with, just like we thought the whole 'maverick' thing was b.s. I think 'change' is kind of a dumb slogan. I want people to specify what is gonna be changed, not just say they are gonna change things. I am certainly not in favor of every kind of change.

What I often see happen is that somebody will propose to pave paradise and put up a parking lot and when you try to oppose their plan they accuse you of 'being afraid of change'. They are against the changes we are for, and vice versa. They want to convince us, or our allies who are less sure of our policies, that our way is not working.
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