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Support

Maybe I’ve never looked closely enough, but I just realized the ribbon magnets on the back of cars (well, mostly SUV’s and mini-vans) say “Support our troops” rather than “We support our troops.”

I dislike them even more now. I used to think they were terribly presumptuous. “We support our troops” implied that anyone without a magnet on their vehicle at the least didn’t support the troops and at the most were against the troops.

“Support our troops” is a pretty demanding declarative. Heck, it seems to smack people in the face even if they have their own sticker. “(You) support our troops. Or else!”

Yes, sir!

It may be fun to develop a “Support terrorists” magnetic ribbon to slap on any sub-20-miles-per-gallon four passenger vehicle. Who’s game?