Sunday, July 16, 2017

I have a theory about bumper stickers

The more you have, the more likely you are to be either a batshit liberal or vehemently anti-abortion. I think we can agree which category this person fits into:

I am particularly fond of the juxtaposition of the "Peace" bumper sticker, consisting of various religious symbols (and yes, I include the peace sign and the ecology sign as religious icons), right below the sticker that says "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one."

First of all, the concept of supporting execution seems to be at odds with the concept of "Peace," especially when the concept of peace is framed in religious terms, as it is in this person's bumper sticker (even if 40 percent of the religious symbols used are secular religious symbols). More importantly, at least as it relates to the personhood of a corporation, the peace sign and the ecology sign are products of the last 50 years or so. The legal concept that a corporation is a "person" as a legal matter is as old as the concept of corporations, probably more than 500 years.

For those of you who didn't go to law school -- or those of you like Hillary Clinton who went to law schools that do not teach basic legal principles (I'm looking at you, Yale and Harvard) -- it has been accepted legally that corporations are people ever since we have had corporations because otherwise you could not sue corporations for their wrongdoings. The law applies to people. You can't sue a dog for biting you; it isn't a person. But you can sue its owner. Are we getting the picture?

Pro-life people are vehement about their beliefs for obvious reasons: people who support abortion are totes OK with killing babies. Naturally, some of them put a lot of bumper stickers on their cars to tout that position. It is, after all, a life-or-death argument. And noted liberals such as Camille Paglia support abortion rights while freely admitting that is the killing of an unborn child. Few liberals are so honest.

But once you toss out the pro-life people, you can pretty much bank on a car covered with bumper stickers belonging to a liberal. And you can also bank on those bumper stickers -- at least those that go beyond mere support for a particular candidate -- having absolutely no intellectual coherence.

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