There’s a bumper sticker I’ve often seen. It has the words “Power of Pride”, on a swirling red and blue background of stripes and bars, vaguely reminiscent of an American flag. These bumper stickers first appeared during the Bush Jr. administration, during the run-up to the Iraq war.
Whenever I’ve seen that bumper sticker on a parked car, and I have a chance to leave a note, then I do so, and the note reads:
Re: Power of Pride
Your bumper sticker reads “Power of Pride”; but Power corrupts and Pride is a sin. I’d rather have Freedom than Power, and I’d rather have Conscience than Pride. Freedom of Conscience is like Heaven; Power of Pride is like someplace else.