Gut Rumbles

August 07, 2004

the political landscape

I haven't stayed in one place on this trip long enough to do serious research on this topic, but my initial impression is that the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington is a seething cesspool of liberal fuckheadedness. I saw a lot of "KERRY!" bumper stickers on cars. The farther east you go in the state, however, the Kerry stickers disappear and "VOTE FOR BUSH!" takes their place.

Once you cross into Idaho and Montana, you can forget about John Kerry. Signs and bumper stickers for Bush are everywhere. You ALSO see a lot of RAGE (Rebel Against Green Extremists) stickers and "This Land is MY Land--- Keep Your Green Fingers off of It." A lot of unemployed loggers live around there.

You can smoke in bars and restaurants in Idaho and Montana. You can't in Washington. I believe that that tells a lot about the leftist idea of freedom. You are free to do things THEIR WAY or they'll pass a regulation to FORCE you to.

Today, we were stopped for road construction by a flagman when we toured Glacier National Park. The flagman, who appeared to be in his early 30s saw the RANGER plate on the front of the 'stang. He walked up to the car and stuck his head in the passenger window. "Were you guys Rangers?" he asked. I told him hat I wasn't, but Recondo was.

He thrust his hand in the window right past me and shook Recondo's hand. "Thank you for your service, sir," he said. "Freedom isn't free and I appreciate what you did."

Later today, we ate lunch at a diner in a small Montana town whose name I can't remember. Clouteu, or something like that (the map is in the car). The chairs were covered with American flag back-covers, obviously hand-sewn, and an arch between the dining room and the ubiquitious "Casino" area was decorated with dozens of typing-paper-sized posters featuring an American flag and a name on it. These appeared to be made by children.

Recondo asked our waitress, "What are those for?"

She answered, "Those are the names of our brave boys from Montana who are fighting in the war against terror. We'll take them down when they come home." She pointed to one. "That's my nephew," she said proudly. "He's in Iraq and I pray for him and his fellows every night." Recondo left her a $5 tip for a $10 meal. (I paid for the meal.)

It seems to me, so far, that the people who expect or DEMAND that government run people's lives support Kerry. People who can make it own their own and love this country don't.

I may be wrong, but I don't think so.


Actually, you can smoke in bars and restaurants in Washington. Most places that allow it have specific smoking sections, and some only allow it after a certain time in the evening. As far as I know, there is no statewide law regulating smoking in such places, though city ordinances may exist in some places.

As for Washington west of the Cascades being predominantly liberal and Kerry supporters, that's not inaccurate. However, I see plenty of bumper stickers and signs for Bush/Cheney and other Republican candidates, as well as those showing support for our troops. All is not yet lost here.

And please note that the requirements to obtain a concealed pistol license in Washington are about as relaxed as you'll find short of Vermont and Alaska. It's a shall-issue state. No training requirement, just be 21, not a felon, and satisfy certain other objective criteria (i.e. not be a mental patient or convicted of domestic violence) and it's yours. I applied at the Snohomish County Sheriff's office on a Wednesday and it arrived in my mailbox that Saturday.

Posted by: RadarRider on August 7, 2004 02:01 AM

Come on, Rob. You know damn well that Bush voters all look like the guy on the Monopoly board with the spectacles and the big sacks of money. That and slack-jawed, drooling inbred hillbillies

Posted by: Dean Esmay on August 7, 2004 03:03 AM

My Dad is retired military. He was driving down with my Mama to see me via a toll road. When the toll driver saw the sticker on his car, he winked and waved him through. Didn't charge him a dime. It was a $10 toll. My Dad was puzzled. I wasn't. Still warms my heart.

Posted by: Boudicca on August 7, 2004 03:08 PM

Panhandle and Central Idaho / Western Montana; you're right in my part of the country, Rob.

Trust me, you DON'T want to be driving through that part of the country with a Sierra Club sticker on your car.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on August 7, 2004 03:51 PM

"The further west you go in the state..."

East. The further east.

(Sorry. I have to correct my husband all the time on this - his sense of direction is just fine but the names get mixed up, which makes taking directions from him an interesting process.)

Posted by: B. Durbin on August 7, 2004 05:01 PM

A lot of Rednecks, poor white trash, and the general ignorant vote for Bush. That's nothing new.

Posted by: MrNoGood on August 8, 2004 08:43 PM

You passed through the aroma of Tacoma and saw liberals? You called it right, there are a lot of 'em. That's why this is called the left coast. There are a few of us that are of the opposite opinion that live here and we do vote. We also support the troops and the military bases that are here, unlike the leftists. But they have their icons, Locke, Murray and McDermott mostly around Red Square (Seattle). The east side of the state is much different , there are even some rednecks there.. Hope you enjoyed the trip.

Posted by: Jack on August 8, 2004 10:30 PM

Showing some of that liberal tolerance there MRNOGOOD?


Posted by: likwidshoe on August 9, 2004 01:38 PM
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