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“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
by Vince Ansel

           “Bumper Stickers, Shirts and Hats

I try to wear some form of pro-Trump apparel as often as I can or at the very least to display my support of this President via bumper stickers affixed to my Harley and SUV.

I can’t tell you the number of times since the 2016 elections when people have reluctantly approached me with an almost secretive demeanor. After their eyes carefully scan the immediate area to insure that no Trump detractors are within earshot, I’m often met with comments like, “I like your hat”, “love your bumper sticker” or “I support Trump as well”. The comments are much appreciated but I am always fascinated by the apparent shyness with which the compliment is delivered. Sometimes I’ll offer a free bumper sticker to the shy Trump supporter only to be met with “are you kidding me”? “I just don’t want to take the risk of having my tires slashed or my car keyed”!

The consistent withering attacks on Donald Trump by the media and political figures have indeed created an atmosphere of hostility towards this President and anyone who supports him. Not too long ago while shopping at a local Walmart and sporting my “Trump 2020” hat, I noticed a young employee who was sweeping the floor. He suddenly stopped and read the inscription on my cap and then made the familiar “scan” to see if anyone was within earshot. He assured me that he was a Trump supporter. He then made the exclamation, “Aren’t you afraid to be wearing that (hat)”? This was an apparent reference to Trump fans that have been harassed and even assaulted for openly supporting the President. The perfect “teachable moment” had arrived and I was happy to share my thoughts.

I proceeded to explain that the right to express our lawful beliefs was granted to all Americans by the blood and sacrifices made by our Military and generations of loyal, patriotic Americans. Without question, every American has the right to express their likes or dislikes without fear of retribution. To succumb to this fear is to retreat from what this nation is all about. It also serves to embolden the enemies of this nation in continuing the assaults on our Constitution, Liberties and Freedoms.

As a former Army Combat Vet I have fought Communism on the battlefield. It would be an insult to all who have made the ultimate sacrifice by allowing ourselves to be intimidated by a cabal of pimply faced, snot-nosed Communist inspired punks hiding behind face masks who live in their mother’s basements! The many wayward politicians and a complicit media who foster and support the wave of anti-American sentiment need to be challenged at every turn as they go about the dirty work of undermining this nation. The images and words we choose to promote our President are symbolic. They represent an integral part of our Constitution to “freedom of expression”. It is a basic American right to support whoever you damn well please!

Good friend and fellow RidersUSA member Tim Rafferty purchased his first MAGA cap at an August 2019 Trump rally in Taylor, AZ! You’ll get a “thumbs up” most of the time Tim, but when you get that first “bird” flipped your way know that you have done your job! You have given public notice that a free people cannot be cowered or silenced. Help to promote the President in winning a second term by proudly displaying a “Trump 2020” hat, shirt, flag and/or bumper sticker!

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Vince Ansel from Phoenix, Arizona joined RidersUSA in 2010. He is Politically Conservative, a Military Combat Vet, Husband, Father and Grandpa. Being relentless in preserving traditional values and our God given Constitutional Rights is core to his values. He accepts life's many challenges with grace, dignity and determination. Rides a 2005 Harley Davidson Fatboy.

September, 2019



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