I think a lot of conservatives are afraid to put bumper stickers on their cars for fear of vandalism. Call it the “driving while conservative” phenomenon; or maybe “parking while conservative.”
Vandalism of McCain signs, and houses/car bearing those signs, was widespread during the 2008 campaign. I remember seeing a McCain lawn sign in Ithaca with a note attached to it asking people not to vandalize the sign.
A reader from California, who has figured out a solution, sent this photo of his car, with this note:
Here’s a picture of my car with my magnetic bumper stickers. I learned the hard way they have to be magnetic in the People’s Repub. of Santa Monica as, back when Dole was running against Clinton, against my wife’s wishes I put a Dole sticker on our car. My wife had seen Dole yard signs spray painted with swastikas (savor the irony of swastikas for a man who almost lost his life fighting the Nazis) and warned me. She was right. The very next day our car’s windshield wipers were twisted into pretzels and the sticker mostly ripped off. Now I drive to a quiet side street where no one is around and apply them. Then, before I arrive at my destination, I again find a quiet street and remove them before parking. Tolerant lefties have given me the finger a few times and yelled unpleasant things, but I haven’t found one yet who can vandalize my car while I’m driving it !!
I’m not sure using magnetic bumper stickers is the ultimate answer, but it does seem to beat vandalism in the short run.
My hope is that our children and our children’s children some day we will live in a nation where the Right to Bear Bumper Stickers is respected, and where “parking while conservative” is just a distant memory from a less civil age.
Bumper Stickers – The Series