Living here in very conservative Central Pennsylvania, one of the things that struck me prior to the 2004 election was the number of “Support Our Troops” ribbons that appeared on the rear end of automobiles. They were practically everywhere and on at least two thirds of the cars in this area. Invariably, if you asked, youíd find that these same folks were Bush supporters.
Four years later, in driving around in this area, I’ve noticed that the number of these “Support the Troops” ribbons are on perhaps ten percent of the vehicles, probably closer to five percent but Iíll leave a margin of error since either way, the difference is dramatic. Do people not support the troops now but supported them then? Are the conservative folks here in Central Pennsylvania proverbial flip-floppers? Thank goodness for liberals and Democrats, the only groups now that still have the troops in mind, but we donít need to advertise it with a bumper sticker.
I’m quite certain that all those folks wearing those ribbons on their vehicles years ago weren’t supporting the troops. In fact, they didnít give a rat’s ass about the troops. They supported a war that any thinking person would know was a venture in which many of the troops would become IED fodder. Now that these conservatives no longer support the war, they don’t give a shit about the troops and their ribbons have largely disappeared.
Same goes for flag lapel pins to a lesser extent. And that’s just the way it is.