It’s meant to be funny, but I don’t find its message funny. It’s apathetic. It conveys a message of boredom, rather than of outrage. It rejects any responsibility to address what’s happening and to work to change it. “This sucks; I’m just gonna sleep it out, man.” Maybe those who fly that flag have smoked too much weed and are over-mellow. Mellow is good in the right situations.
This isn’t one of them.
Now, one could be excused for having given up hope. I could understand if the message was, “I’ve shaken that tree, and the fruit isn’t coming down. There’s nothing left to do but wait it out.” I don’t agree: I think we have to keep working on it. But I understand those who are weary of trying.
This sticker is too much a message that the one displaying it doesn’t care, rather than that he has tried and given up. Come on, folks: you have to care.
And so this seems the time to throw in another plug for the September 15th march in Washington, DC. Stay awake. Make your presence known. Do something about it. If you try to sleep through it, it won’t work; the war won’t magically end on 20 January, 2009. And there’ll always be another W.