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August 7, 2013

Anderson: The spirit of resistance, one sticker at a time

“Where Are We Going? And Why Am I In This Handbasket?”

This is the new bumper sticker on my car. Some people don’t immediately get it, because they don’t quickly connect it to the phrase “going to hell in a handbasket.” But then, there are probably people who don’t get my other bumper sticker, “How’s that Hopey-Changey thing working for ya?” Or, they might not understand “Who is John Galt?” that’s been riding my front bumper since President Obama was re-elected in 2012.

I can’t help it if some people don’t get my bumper stickers; I can’t educate voters with my car. I can only express myself and give a shout-out to drivers who are already “one of us,” the Obama resistance, the tea party or as Congressman Charlie Rangel, D-New York, calls us, “white crackers,” an insult that could also be made into a fun bumper sticker.

There’s just so much room on my car, though. I must keep “Preserve and Protect Proposition 21/2.” And, with my new sticker reflecting political despair, it’s even more important to have the “Never Give Up” bumper statement with the picture of the frog resisting being swallowed by the stork.

So, in the spirit of that resistance, I took my Honda CR-V and its stickers to the gas station to top its tank last Wednesday, just before the state gas tax increase went into effect. I needed only a few gallons so saved just 16 cents. I’ll add that to whatever I save this coming weekend on the sales tax holiday, when I stock up on batteries, detergent, shampoo and cosmetics for the coming year, then declare that “I stuck it to the man!” in this case, Deval Patrick, who wanted even higher taxes.

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