I'm usually not one to post threads, but, I thought you guys might be interested in what happened to us today, and I'd like your thoughts.
Remember Homer's thread
about the upside down flags? I was a participant in that
thread. You have to glance at the thread if you haven't seen it yet.
It should also be noted that Kawrider9 made a thread
recanting the story about his
upside down flag and the complaints it received, which eventually ended up attracting the media.
I read Homer's thread the day it was posted and told my other half about it, and within about 15 minutes we, too, had our distress flag flying. In
addition to the flag, there would also later be a sign at the front of the property saying 'Impeach Obama!' in the first line, followed by 'Gov't,
get to work!' in the second. Perched atop the sign you would see a small Gadsden flag (don't tread on me, for the unfamiliar).
I had little to do with our part in this. I told him about Homer's thread, got into the shower, and came out to see a distress flag.. followed by the
sign I mentioned, a short while later. At homer's request, I even took a picture and posted it in a reply to his thread, which can also be seen
In my estimation, it isn't hard to see that this country has serious problems, so in general, I agree with, and don't really mind the statement of
the flag or the sign, especially since the government was shut down, and the 'threat' of default was looming at the time. For years I have been
worried about our rights, the general state of things and the direction this nation is heading. I also am not an Obama fan. So. I'm fine with it and
apart from lots of extra honking coming from the highway, we haven't really had anyone say anything about it.
Short background to today's situation:
Prior to the flag flipping, my other half went to a car lot in a nearby, very....VERY small, town. The guy agreed to work out a deal with us on
trading a truck and some cash for one of his vehicles. He was supposed to come by and look at the truck and never showed up. Little did we know at the
time, the political statement adorning our property, that sits on the same highway Mr. Small Town Car Lot Guy takes to his day job everyday, was the
reason he never showed up, and the reason for his bizarre reaction, that would come later.
Fast forward to earlier this evening:
We had some time to kill on our way to parent/teacher conferences, the car lot was on the way, so we stopped in. I WISH I would have gotten out of the
car because, the conversation was so unexpected. My head was pounding, it was cold, and not knowing the bizarre reaction that would come from this
guy, I stayed in the car, so I only overheard parts of the exchange between the car dude and my other half.
Remember that these two were totally cool to each other, and ready to make a deal, just a few weeks ago.
My other half approaches the guy, and greets him. The very second that he mentioned the truck, the guy got weird, as if it clicked in his mind who he
was talking to in that moment.
Here's the exchange:
Car Dude: "I'm not going to be able to work with you."
Other half: "What do you mean? I thought you wanted to trade my truck and some cash for one of your vehicles?"
Car Dude: "I saw all that Tea party # and that upside down flag at your place."
Other half: "Yeah? And?"
Car Dude: "I just can't condone that. I won't do business with you. Your money isn't good here, and neither is your truck."
Other half: "What? The distress flag? Do you even know what it represents?"
Car Dude: "No, I don't, and I really don't care. I can't condone that."
(For the record, we are not Tea Party. People tend to forget that the Gadsden was only adopted by the Tea Party, and that its actually a historical
American flag dating back to 1775.)
Stunned, my other half gets back in the car and we drive away thinking... what on earth just happened here?
Was the guy suffering from cognitive dissonance?
Is he a died hard Obama lover?
Is he opposed to our first amendment right to freely express ourselves?
Why would our assumed political stance have anything at all
to do with selling us a car?
I'm not sure what to make of it. Obviously the statement struck a nerve with him to the point he was willing to lose business over it. He completely
rejected the explanation of the distress flag.. and wouldn't even hear a word of it. I'm bothered by it because I don't understand his logic or his
So what gives? What on earth
went on here?
What say you, ATS?