AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 1/24/2005 01:36:00 PM ----- BODY: The New Bumper Wars - Captain Ed reports on a controversy over the yellow "Support the Troops" ribbons people put on cars. I'm a resident of a blue state, and have noticed little changes people have made to their magnets. In Camden, someone had written "DEMOCRATS" right before the words "Support the Troops." Here in Bangor, I noticed someone had added the words "NOT BUSH" after the message about the troops. This seems to indicate that Democrats are twitchy about the possibility they may be seen as militaristic, Bush-supporting nutjobs by adding the magnets to their cars. Why can't the party do simple patriotism that well? When the American flag was displayed after September 11, some liberals went crazy, most notably those in the news business. News executives forbade employees from wearing flag pins on the air, the first evidence of a disconnect with the public that would come back to haunt them in the form of low ratings and declining circulations. The addition of anti-Bush or pro-Democrat slogans to a simple statement of support for the troops is sad. Why can't they just allow the statements to speak for themselves, without comment? --------