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December 8, 2019

Coexist vs. Capitalist Bumper Stickers?

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 15:11

Hello Keith. grand post. I hope you will let me add my 2 cents worth. When I was just an E-4 enlisted solider in Germany one holiday I spent my day walking a lonely part of fence in the cold bored and hungry. See the German Green part was protesting our base. While I supported their goals, they were not inconveniencing the generals and commanders who were in their homes enjoying their holiday meals. They made no difference to the leaders and policy makers. But they were putting a hurt on us lower enlisted who had no way to make a difference to achieve what they wanted.
I remember thinking as I walked back and forth trying to stay warm, hungry, unhappy, “why did these people hate me”. I realize it was not personal for them to me, but that is the effect they were creating. The upper echelon did not care in the least what they were doing in front of the base gates, yet me and my friends were effected a lot.

So sometimes it is not the target of the thing you want to change that suffers. It is worth making sure of your aim. Hugs

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This may be one of those “only in America” things, but I have observed on several occasions car bumper stickers that have the word “Capitalist” portrayed in a manner similar to the ones portraying “Coexist.” The Coexist sticker uses religious symbols from a variety of religions to portray a world that embraces many different ways of worship with a message of respect, diversity and understanding. My wife and I had one on a previous car and I have shirt that I often wear with the same logo. I have seen variations of the concept using words such as “Tolerance” which we have displayed on our door to the garage among other items.

The “Capitalist” bumper sticker uses the same concept to portray a message of free markets, I would presume. Yet, maybe it is just me, but I get a sense that the portrayal of Capitalist is a means to counterbalance the words…

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  1. Scottie, thanks again. I responded to your comment on my blog. What I did not say applies to more general issues. We debate things today in an “either/ or” zero sum like fashion. This is sometimes called the “tyranny of the or.” Most issues are complex and the problems are multi-faceted. The solutions are many times a blend of both, be it capitalism and socialism working together or funding diplomacy to lessen the cost of fighting.

    This “tyranny of the or” has made the tribalism worse in America, If the other side says “light” then the other side says “dark.” We see this on improving and stabilizing the ACA. It actually is stabilizing a little on its own the past few years, but needs a little more help with more options, a Medicare offering and the expansion of Medicaid in the remaining 15 states.

    Keith

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    Comment by Keith — December 10, 2019 @ 11:04

    • Hello Keith. I agree tribalism is wrong and an impediment to getting things done. Compromise use to be a good word, not a swear word. I often remark that some people think compromise means they get everything they want while the other guy loses everything and says thank you. If our country’s history is any example we did great things when we compromised. Back then our leaders who could get things done and work with each other were called statesman. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — December 10, 2019 @ 11:47

      • Scottie, this is one reason Trump prefers bilateral agreements. He has a hard time with everyone winning a little and giving up something in multi-lateral ones. Plus collaboration is hard work and Trump lacks the patience or discipline to do that. Keith

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        Comment by Keith — December 10, 2019 @ 16:39


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