January 13, 2007
A Seattle story

I was in my car this morning stopped at a long traffic light. There's a knock on the driver's side window. Startled, I look up, and see that the knocker is a man who looked a bit like this guy. He gives me a friendly smile and reassuring gesture. I roll down the window. "Your left tail light is burned out," he says. "You're all wrong about politics," he adds, apparently in reference to my various bumper stickers left over from the last election. "But I wanted to tell you about your tail light". I thanked him for the tip about the tail light.

It would be the left tail light.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at January 13, 2007 12:34 PM | Email This
1. typical M.O.- as you are clearly un-enlightened and if he could just somehow educate you all would be right in his world

Posted by: Cardio Guy on January 13, 2007 12:32 PM
2. bright side: a .45 muzzle was not poking your snout after window down.

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on January 13, 2007 12:36 PM
3. While stopped at a light the other day, I motioned for the young couple in the care next to me to roll down their window. They had an Impeach Bush sticker, and I asked in a friendly way, if they were upset that Nancy Palosi wasn't going to push for impeachment. They asked me who Nancy Palosi was! I gave them a quick head-up on the speaker of the house. I told them I was a neo-con, and they thanked me for noticing their bumper sticker, ( No one had ever said anything to them about it before ) It is a good bet that the sticker on their car is the only bit of politics they have ever engaged in.
You have to love moonbat lefties!

Posted by: Moondoggie on January 13, 2007 12:57 PM
4. It was not one of those Bush = Hitler bumber stickers was it?!? Because someone I met this morning that is really smart and incredibly interesting told me that is a "Seattle thing".

Posted by: AndrewsDad on January 13, 2007 01:14 PM
5. As much as he despises your politics, he despises authority even more. Saving you from a possible ticket from The Man is an act of nobility in his way of thinking.

Posted by: Organization Man on January 13, 2007 01:43 PM
6. If you have political bumper stickers, you should expect to be confronted about political opinions. What irks me is when people gratuitously throw in political jabs in completely unrelated situations.

Posted by: Greg on January 13, 2007 02:44 PM
7. To me, it sounds like he wanted to tell you you were "wrong" about politics more than he wanted to alert someone to a burned-out light.

In '04, I offered to help a very elderly, kind of hunched-over woman in Issaquah who was having trouble finding the strength to raise her car's trunk to get something out of it. I noticed she had a bevy of uber-leftist bumper stickers on the car. After I helped, I did NOT say anything about the bumper stickers. Why help someone and then spoil the moment by using the "Opportunity" to "correct" someone about their politics?

Posted by: Michele on January 13, 2007 02:57 PM
8. That's one of the differences between us and them Michele. Speaking generally I think it's safe to say that we are more polite.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on January 13, 2007 03:12 PM
9. Bumper stickers are one thing but my bike riding neighbor has a pair of "Impeach Bush" bike boot socks (yellow with black type) that he made a point of showing me: "In light of your politics I'd like to show you these . . .". How should I handle THAT?

The only thing I can come up with is to keep asking him how the impeachment is going.

Posted by: G Jiggy on January 13, 2007 03:45 PM
10. Just take comfort that no one on the right would do anything that silly.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on January 13, 2007 04:18 PM
11. You should have just punched him in the face.

Posted by: sal on January 13, 2007 04:45 PM
12. Just ignore him, they cannot stand to not get a response.

Posted by: GS on January 13, 2007 07:06 PM
13. Most liberals I meet are pretty gullible. Not that they are not educated people, or smart at whatever it is that they do, but they are very easily led into believing utter nonsense when it comes to political or philosophical ideas.

I have fun with them. A person like Stefan's tail light guy tells me that Bush blew up the Trade Centers or what not, and I tell them it's far worse than that, and I try to outdo them with some made up story that paints Bush as even worse than they had imagined. Invariably they are really thankful for the extra info, and they believe it wholeheartedly. I have yet to be challenged by anyone who I have played this little trick on and who fits this bumper sticker liberal persona.

That's the left in a nutshell. They are sheep because there ideology is always based on some form of collectivism. They want to belong to whatever their assessment of group values is, much more than they want factual reality. They've spent so long outside of thinking for themselves on important political and philosophical issues, that their sense of individualism has atrophied them into regression. As far as their political identity is concerned, it's similar to the way very old people often start to become like children again.

Posted by: Jeff B. on January 13, 2007 09:37 PM
14. Maybe the guy was nicely pointing out that Stefan's tail light was out. A friendly political jab is a small price to pay to avoid a ticket.

Posted by: Chris on January 14, 2007 07:59 AM
15. Should've asked the gentleman if it was the LEFT bulb that was burned out...


Posted by: BRC on January 14, 2007 09:48 AM
16. It never ceases to amaze me. I have a friend here that thinks Bush is a weasle, and the only reason he can give is "I just think so." When asked about Nanci Pelosi, his response was "What a b%@#h" 2 hours later upon finding out she isn't a republican, he was cool with her.
He says he just hates what republicans stand for, but can't tell you what that is.

While I do find a few half way educated liberals, they are few and far between.
I fear for this country.

Posted by: Smirk on January 14, 2007 09:57 AM
17. It never ceases to amaze me. I have a friend here that thinks Bush is a weasle, and the only reason he can give is "I just think so." When asked about Nanci Pelosi, his response was "What a b%@#h" 2 hours later upon finding out she isn't a republican, he was cool with her.
He says he just hates what republicans stand for, but can't tell you what that is.

While I do find a few half way educated liberals, they are few and far between.
I fear for this country.

Posted by: Smirk on January 14, 2007 09:58 AM
18. Stefan - How many times have I told you that the left one is a rather dim bulb that isn't very bright? You need to watch them closely as they get even dimmer after an election.

Did you use reason and logic around that dim left bulb? I told you that causes them to go out sooner. There needs to be a federally mandated label on dim left bulbs "WARNING: This dim left bulb has extremely sensitive emotions that govern how bright it can be. It is adversely impacted by logic and reason. All logic, reason and common sense must be kept at least 200 yards away to prevent burnout."

Posted by: pbj on January 14, 2007 11:15 AM
19. Hey, Stefan: You cut the leftie off before he could offer to squeegee your windowshield for a $1.00

Posted by: John425 on January 15, 2007 11:33 AM
20. I think we really owe it to these people to point out that they are being childish and also playing into the hands of terrorists.

Yes, it's natural that after a terrorist attack, you might lose some faith in your government. (I admit it - I spent a LOT of time asking "How could the most powerful government on Earth let this happen?")

But when you allow your shaken faith in government to turn into a hatred of those that were supposed to have protected you - instead of anger at those that actually did the attacking - that becomes a mental disorder.

Terrorists kill and maim in order to shake peoples faith in their own governments and to try to get them to abandon rational thinking. The irrational Bush haters are proof to the terrorists that they are having an effect and that more death and destruction will further their cause.

These bumperstickers might as well say "I love Al Queda" and "Kill a few jews for me." In the middle east, thats exactly the message they are receiving right now when they hear about all of the Americans' that "hate" Bush.

Posted by: johnny on January 15, 2007 01:51 PM
21. Stefan's inane tail-light LIBTARD has got to be a joke...

You may be a libtard if ...

You think, the U.S. needs a sign on the California-Mexico border that reads, "Watch for police batons next 50 miles."

You want Congress to buy a condom for the Virgin Islands.

You think talk radio is nothing but HATE SPEECH and you'll kill anyone who disagrees.

You know the media doesn't have a liberal bias and anyone that thinks so is a hate mongering anti-government extremist.

You think Ross Perot would make a good president if he had more hair and less ears.

You want anything but prayer, creationism and math taught in public schools.

You believe the Republicans sold the Liberty Bell to the Taco Bell Corporation.

You think Rush Limbaugh is the anti-Christ.

You've served on a jury in California and don't think orphans should be convicted for killing their parents.

You believe dope from Hope "didn't inhale" - or did. Hell, if you believe any dope from Hope about anything...

Posted by: juandos on January 15, 2007 03:23 PM
22. BLAM, BLAM, BLAM, BLAM. What about my stickers?

Posted by: mark on January 15, 2007 06:00 PM
23. Most liberals are passive-aggressive there - friendly on the surface, and chances are you encountered an SP (secular progressive), who believes that this country is flawed big time. Any discussion with those Seattle types are the shorter the better.

With an unpopular Republican president, you shouldn't have been surprised, being that you live in that area.

Posted by: KS on January 15, 2007 08:50 PM
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