I heard him before I saw him
Loud pipes announced his impending arrival
As I angled into the left turn lane
He came up on my right side
Big truck with bigger tires
A veritable fortune invested in chrome
Two flags waving proudly from the truck’s bed
Two expressions of his rights
One flag displayed the Stars and Stripes, a noble symbol.
The other, the Gadsden Flag: “Don’t Tread on Me!”
The flag hoisted by the alt right.
What an overcompensating loser, I thought.
Mouth breathing, Neanderthal, I added for good measure.
But even in that moment I acknowledged his right to express his feelings.
Was he offensive? To me, most definitely.
But did he have the right to offend?
Beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Protest should make us squirm.
Otherwise, it’s merely the status quo.