A yellow ribbon magnet does not make you a better citizen

I do a bit of driving. Almost everyday I get in my car and go somewhere.

I’ve noticed a lot of ribbons. There’s a ribbon for every cause, every disease, everything.

I wonder if the people who have more than one ribbon (usually for supporting the troops) really think they are more patriotic than, say, people who don’t have ribbon magnets (like me). I support the troops (every tax paying American does). I just don’t see the reason in buying a magnetic ribbon (probably made in China) and slapping it sideways on my car.

Now, if the money went to veterans’ families (especially those injured in this war) then I’d buy a couple of ribbons.

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3 responses to “A yellow ribbon magnet does not make you a better citizen

  1. Amen.
    Reminds me of an old John Prine song. This shit is timeless:

    While digesting Reader’s Digest
    In the back of a dirty book store
    A plastic flag with gum on the back
    Fell out on the floor.
    Well,I picked it up and ran outside
    And slapped it on my windowshield.
    And If I could see ol’ Betsy Ross
    I’d tell her how good I feel.

    (Chorus:)
    But, you flag decal won’t get you
    Into Heaven anymore.
    They’re already overcrowded
    From your dirty little war
    Now Jesus don’t like Killin’
    No matter what the reasons for.
    And your flag decal won’t get you into Heaven anymore.

    Well,I went to the Bank this morning
    And the cashier said to me
    If you join the Christmas Club
    We’ll give you ten of them flags for free.
    I didn’t mess a round a bit
    I took him up on what he said
    And stuck them stickers all over my car
    And one on my wife’s forehead.

    (Chorus:)
    But, you flag decal won’t get you
    Into Heaven anymore.
    They’re already overcrowded
    From your dirty little war
    Now Jesus don’t like Killin’
    No matter what the reasons for.
    And your flag decal won’t get you into Heaven anymore.

    Well,I got my windshield so filled with flags I couldn’t see
    So I ran my car upside a curb and right into a tree
    By the time they got a doctor down
    I was already dead,
    And I’ll never understand
    Why the man,
    Standing in the Pearly Gates said…

    (Chorus:)
    But your flag decal won’t get you into Heaven anymore,
    We’re already overcrowded from your dirty little war
    Now Jesus don’t like killin’
    No matter what the reasons for.
    And your flag decal won’t get you into Heaven anymore.

  2. There are several online stores who use the money they receive from ribbon magnet sales to help the troops’ families in one way or another. In fact, I will only buy them if that’s the case.

  3. Phaidra: Exactly. That’d be the only way I’d buy a ribbon.

    I’m interested to know what stores do this. Let me know.

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