A Taste Of My Home Town

Greetings from Austin.

One local Austin character who won’t be part of the Parade of Homes any time soon is George Ramsey, who drives around town in a white ’94 Chevy pickup painted up with anti-Iraq war and George W. Bush slams.

George spends his days protesting the “imperialist capitalist elitist upper class pigs,” as one of his protest signs puts it. You may have seen his truck, which he has named “The Vindicator.” On the truck, George has painted “Impeach Bush,” “The class system must die!!!” and a bunch of other stuff.


George can often be found right in front of the Capitol, holding up one of his big signs. He brings along throwaway cameras so passers-by can take pictures of him there.

George’s signs use a lot of bad language in really big letters. George seems to enjoy the abuse.

“The more fingers that get shot at me, the better my sign is because the more reaction I’ve got from people who support Bush,” George said. He got busted for abusive language and disorderly conduct for one of his signs, but the case was dismissed. He’s going to Municipal Court in March over another sign.

“They’re either going to send me to Guantánamo or they’re going to give me a plaque that says, ‘Keep on going, George, you’re doing a good job,’ ” George said.

2 thoughts on “A Taste Of My Home Town

  1. I know there is a very valid point to be had re: reducing complex political discussion to a bumper sticker, yard sign, whatever.
    However, I am of the opinion that visibility is important, especially in environments where the majority opinion is falsely believed to be a given.
    Disrupting the cognitive hegemeony is valuable, as it putting a candle in the window for our allies.
    I speak as someone who, due to an anti-Bush bumper sticker, has:
    1) had a can full of beer thrown at me from a pickup that was passing me at 90mph on IH 35
    2)been run off the road, again by someone in a gigundous pickup, and again at a high rate of speed.
    3)had someone pull up behind me at a Stop n Go, blocking me from backing out, then get out of the car, up into my grill, and give me a piece of their precious mind.
    All of the above are positive- like George, it’s good to know you’ve provoked a reaction. You’ve disrupted. Good times!
    Conversely, I’ve also:
    had the most wonderful, enthusiastic, thumbs up/ waves from ‘fellow travelers’ – at times, such as early 2004, when this interchange lifted both of our and made us realize we weren’t the only ones out there.
    Had strangers stop me in parking lots, gas pumps, etc. and start conversations – because they had something they needed to say, because they are the only one at home, at work, in town, etc, that isn’t a republican, or because they just want to commiserate, etc.
    (this happens a lot– I can’t count the number of conversations I’ve gotten into with total strangers like this, some of which have led to cups of coffee, meeting neighbors, etc.
    And I am not a friendly looking person, either, so it’s not my magnetic personality that’s attracting them.)
    All by way of saying, I think George is on the right track. Visibility doesn’t replace action, but it is an important component.

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