This year’s bumper stickers made us laugh or cry
With the holidays upon us, it’s high time for my 16th annual round-up of the best bumper stickers spotted during this wonderful year we have somehow (almost there) lived through.
Our first year with Donald Trump as president gave motorists an opportunity to vent their displeasure or pleasure about it.
Meanwhile, a lot of other people just went with funny messages, perhaps trying to lighten the mood during a tense time.
Let’s start with the political commentary. I was surprised I didn’t see this one until about a week ago: “Unfit to serve. Impeach Trump.”
Along the same lines, seen here and there, beginning at about the time of the presidential inauguration: “Resist.”
Alongside an image of Barack Obama: “Still my president.”
“Real news. Fake president.”
Displayed on the same car: “Trump” and “Police lives matter.” That’s an obvious response to “Black lives matter.”
Here’s another one that accompanied a “Trump” sticker: “I’m sorry! Was it my job to fill your life with joy today?”
Spotted on a pick-up truck: “Ted Nugent for president.”
Amid our ongoing gun carnage, two stickers addressed gun control in different ways. One tried humor: “I support your right to arm bears.” The other: “The best part of the 2nd Amendment is where it says ‘well regulated.’” (Here’s the entire text, with its ponderous commas: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”)
On that same vehicle: “Turn off the TV and read a book. It’s called thinking outside the box.”
There weren’t many catchy environmental slogans this year, but I saw this one, accompanied by an image of our planet: “Love your mother.”
Once again, some of the best stickers were about our feelings toward dogs, cats and other creatures:
“It takes a big man to walk a slow dog.”
“Never mind the dog. Beware of yourself.”
These two were of the same theme: “I may be old but I got to see all the cool bands” and “I saw the Beatles live on stage and I’m still around to brag about it.” (I could post both of those stickers on my car but it would be kind of smug and thus annoying.)
My award for the best bumper sticker combination of 2017 goes to this vehicle, telling us: “Stop making stupid people famous” and “Pluto is SO a planet” and “I finally got my head together and now my body is falling apart.”