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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hate Mail in the Shopping Center Parking Lot

This is not what my sticker looks like, but it's the same message.
Cat and I did some shopping this Saturday, and while we were in the store, someone saw fit to put an anonymous note on our car. I have a few bumper stickers on my car. One is in support of Andrew Rice who is running for the Senate against Jim "Global Warming is a Hoax" Inhofe. Another sticker reports the fact that when Bush took office, gasoline cost on average $1.46 per gallon. Then there is my most recent addition: a sticker with the single word "HOPE" with the "O" in the word formed by Barack Obama's campaign logo.

As I said, someone took exception to them and put the following note on my car windshield under the driver side wiper:
Bush doesn't rule the world. (Thank God for large favors!) He can't control oil prices, the weather, idiots who buy homes they can't afford (aka "whiners"), or who shoot at rescuers attempting to provide aid. At least we are still a free country (Checked your Bill of Rights lately?) and have no more terror attacks. That will change with Obama be afraid. Are you ready for a Socialist nation (I assume you are refering to something other than the Corporate Socialism we now have.) that will cumble--that's what will happen if idiots like you elect a Muslim (Big Lie alert) sypathizing Socialist?

Well, there you have it. Elect Bush for a 3rd term or elect a "Muslim sympathizer" who will welcome terrorists to America. At least I out to give Mr. Anonymous credit for not claiming that Obama is a Muslim. (He is, in fact, a member a church that traces its roots all the way back to Plymouth Rock--The United Church of Christ.)

But this shows something of how this election will be run: Hope v. Fear. As John F. Kennedy said:
We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.

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