The ability of the t-shirt message to raise eyebrows was most recently witnessed in the state of Texas in the United States. Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke during a protest held by taxpayers to voice objections to increased taxes. The anti-tax day protest was largely attended by normally quiet middle-class citizens who used the protests to get the attention of the Obama administration.
The Governor’s controversial message clearly implied that Texas could secede from the union if Washington continued to ignore the average taxpayer’s needs and desires. The promotional clothing stated the message succinctly. But interestingly, the t-shirts were printed by the Governor’s political opponents. They read, “Texas GOP Class of ’09, Governor Rick Perry Most Likely to Secede”, and were meant to make fun the Governor and the protestors. This message is a take-off on messages normally written by graduating seniors in each other’s yearbooks. The t-shirts are being sold to raise campaign money.
The question is whether the message printed on the t-shirts goes too far and is inappropriate and too mocking to be acceptable. Only 200 shirts were printed and more will only be printed if they all sell quickly. Governor Perry made the following statement at the anti-tax protest. “You know my hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention (to protestors). We got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb its nose at the American people, who knows what may come out of that.”
So the next time you see someone wearing a printed t-shirt, you should read the message closely. It just might be important!
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