Bumper Stickers


For the longest time, people believed that Earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolves around the Earth. America seems to have the viewpoint that they are the center of the universe and life expanding. The bumper sticker above refers to the Middle East and American involvement to “keep peace” in that area. However it seems that the United States enjoys “keeping peace” countries that have large supplies of oil.

Now, I am not here to argue the facts of the case or its right and wrong, but the ideas proposed by this bumper sticker influences the general public. If the sticker becomes popular in America and people start to see it everywhere, the peer pressure would allow U.S. citizens to think violence is okay if acquiring petroleum is possible. Further, considering the location of the war was in the Middle East, it would encourage racism. A similar situation occurred with Brexit. After Great Britain voted to leave the European union, hate crimes against muslims spiked.

The same occurs when a popular slogan, such as the one above, gains popularity. This one in particular is in support of United States military intervention in the Middle East while also implying that America is only there to take the oil from the oil-rich regions of the Middle East.


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