When I first saw this “Government Motors” t-shirt, I loved it immediately. It fits my sense of humor and political view to a T. However, I put off buying it until a couple of days ago. The reason is that I foresaw a potential problem with wearing it.
Namely, I drive a Buick. It’s a 2001, granted, but still, it’s a Buick.
In case the problem isn’t quite clear yet, allow me to continue.
For most if not nearly all introverts, the one thing that will bug us as much as being misunderstood is explaining our thoughts.
Furthermore, I know when I get out of or into my car with that shirt on, most people likely will not care or fail to make the connection. There is also a pretty good chance that some people will get why, in my case, wearing that shirt while owning the car I do is not contradictory. And of course most days I would wear it I won’t run into more than a handful of people near my car, anyway. So, yes, I admit concerning myself over something than probably won’t happen at all is rather silly.
Yet it’s the people who get enough to understand the seeming hypocrisy but not enough to know why it isn’t hypocritical I still want to avoid. And given what you might now about me already, you might understand that even a one in ten thousand chance in dealing with some… genius who thinks they are “calling me out” is worth avoiding.
I can imagine that person being either liberal or conservative, and the conversation going something like this:
Twit: Hey! If you think the government owning GM is so bad, why do you drive a Buick, then?
(Note: The Lefty’s argument would be that ought to support the government take-over because I own a GM car; the right-winger’s would be that owning the car but wearing that shirt makes me a hypocrite… or a commie. He would still be a twit, either way.)
Me: Hmm. Well, let’s see: The car’s obviously older than two years old, right? That would make it older than the bailout. I bought the car in 2007 and GM was taken over in 2008, so I wouldn’t have known about the bailout because it hadn’t happened yet. And for me to get rid of the car just because GM is now mostly owned by the government, especially when I can’t afford to buy another car, would be pretty idiotic. Nice try, thanks for playing.
Now it would be fun to make some guy like that eat his words, but frankly, I would rather avoid him all together. Oh well. I’ll take the 10,000-to-1 shot. The humor factor of the shirt finally became too much to pass up.