Skewing Reality with Slogans

Okay, so The Sun – that beacon of all that’s good and worthy in journalism today, was recently inspired by this WWII UK inspirational poster unearthed from someone’s dusty, yet inspirational box of inspirational books. dynamic_resize

So, The Sun – the beacon of all that’s good and worthy in journalism today, decided to hold their own Inspirational Slogans Contest to help get Canadians through the current tough economic times that we didn’t even know we were having until they told us a few months ago. (Thank god for the media).

And really, what could be better than an inspirational slogan poster for turning our collective Canadian frowns upside down? Nothing, that’s what. There is really no other way to get through the current tough economic times than an inspirational slogan poster.

Hundreds of people agree. Because hundreds of people submitted their lame wonderful ideas for great slogans to help us all drag our miserable asses through the next few years and/or until everything will be bright and sunny again.  Here are the top 12 that were chosen from the glut of submissions:

  • CAN-DO
  • We’re in this together
  • It’s going to be OK
  • Strong and Free
  • Don’t let today’s fear ruin tomorrow’s success.
  • Be proud. Be Strong. Be tough. Be Canadian.
  • Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.
  • Canada. It’s ours. Do your part.
  • Save and spend wisely.
  • We didn’t start it, but we will see it through.
  • We will succeed if you believe.
  • Together we’re freakin’ awesome!!!

 Meh, I’m not inspired yet.

Some of these are hilarious though (It’s going to be okay…ha ha or We didn’t start it…priceless.) Anyway, I didn’t know about this contest until it was all over or else I would have submitted some of my own:

  • Stop whining.
  • When we’re down to our last Loonie, we’ll still have Celine. 
  • We survived an international swine flu pandemic. We can survive anything.
  • Spare some change? Yes we CANada!
  • We’re nice. Nothing bad ever happens to nice people.
  • Stop believing everything you read in the papers.
  • Don’t worry. We’re not in this together.
  • Old people stuff their mattresses full of money and we have a LOT of old people. And they can easily be overpowered.
  • Today’s tough times are tomorrow’s good old days.
  • In tough times, tough people last longer. But it hasn’t quite come to that yet.
  • Beer. It’s the Canadian way.

Are you inspired yet?

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23 responses to “Skewing Reality with Slogans

  1. What? Not one of them (the Sun’s or XUP’s) has “eh” in it.
    That’s un-Canadian, eh!

  2. Here I’ll help:

    “Compared to the U.S. we are freakin awesome – no Canadian would’ve voted for George Bush twice.

  3. “Compared to the U.S. we are freakin awesome – no Canadian would’ve voted for George Bush twice…eh?”

  4. Ooo! Ooo! Ooo! This sounds fun. Let’s see……

    How about a reassuring “Don’t Panic……yet”.

    Or a more rationale “Don’t Panic yet! We’ve still got beer, eh!”

    An economic solution ” Don’t Panic! We can still go back to trading beaver pelts with the palefaces down south.”

    A political solution “Native peoples, if you want the land back, you are welcome to our mortgages.”

  5. LOL@ “Old people stuff their mattresses full of money and we have a LOT of old people. And they can easily be overpowered”

    How about-“Life sucks right now, but at least we can ‘Twitter’ about it.”

  6. I think we should use Jean Chretien’s tried-and-true words of wisdom:

    “A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It’s a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it’s because it’s proven.”

  7. Bob – We obviously need to petition to have this competition re-opened. Eh.

    CNC – Very catchy, but I’m not so sure how true it is. We DID vote for Harper twice. We DID have a gun to our heads both times…but still… (PS: You sure seem a lot like Cedarflame)

    LGS – Beer and beaver – they’ll get us through every crisis.

    Louise – How did I miss this? Why wasn’t there fanfare and a national holiday? We should take every opportunity for a national holiday – that’s my personal slogan.

    Tom – Is that your slogan contribution or a comment on the post and/or comments?

    UP – My Canada includes Quebec – ha ha ha. No really, it does. It’s like having a crazy, full-of-herself older sibling who keeps threatening to never speak to any of us again if we don’t show her al the awesome respect she is due. Some times we just want her to get the hell away from us already and other times we’re kind of proud to have such a colourful eccentric in the family.

    Hannah – Thing is, I don’t think life does suck – no more or less than it always does anyway. So, some of our excesses and financial foolishness have caught up with us and the greediest of our greedy bastards have to go begging and are taking it out on everyone else. And it sucks that some people have to lose their jobs, but everyone’s acting like it’s The Great Depression, Part II. Which just goes to show how spoiled and deluded we are if we think we’re anywhere close to that.

    Friar – Those are words I try to live by each and every day…okay, not so much “live by each and every day” as “tried to figure out once”. And he’s quite right, a proof IS a proof. I miss Jean Chrétien and his homespun wisdom and everyman ways.

  8. I believe slogans are about as inspirational as those damned “motivational” posters!
    But – not to be left outta da loop-thing, here’s are my suggestions – in the contest that it’s the SUN that is holding the contest:
    “Blame Iggy! He’s just visiting!”
    “Trust in Harper – the all-knowing”
    “Start a war and fix the economy!”

  9. Inspired?
    Heck, I’m ready to join the Marines.
    The Few, The Proud, the Marines. Or something like that.

    I would also like to admit that I was the one American who did NOT vote for Georgie boy, even once.

  10. Savanvleck – I never voted for the stupid monkey either!

    XUP – loved the old people/matresses one!

  11. The Sun’s list of suggested slogans is terrible. Not even funny terrible, just plain terrible.

    I would vote for your old people/matress slogan.

    The sun’ll come out tomorra.

  12. I have no inspirational slogan but would like to dispel and error.
    The poster you posted is not in fact from WWII.
    It was put up in Prince Charles’ bedroom when he started dating and found himself a little too “anxious” with the ladies.

  13. Trashee – Poor Iggy. And now he’s had the audacity to go on vacation!! In a foreign country!!!

    Loth – Really! Poutine is cheap. There will always be poutine.

    Savanleck – Oh – YOU were the one that didn’t vote for George. Good on ya!

    Elizabeth – You too? And yes, I say it’s time to pillage the old people’s mattresses.

    Lola – Aren’t they the worst? But then again, what sort of people would actually take the time to dream up AND send in inspirational slogans to the Sun?

    Bandobras – My mistake. Thank you for clearing that up. And ha ha ha.

  14. It’s going to be OK? That has got to be the most stupid slogan ever. EV-AH!!! And it’s in the top 12?

    Could that be any more pathetic?

    I like yours though.

  15. “Tom – Is that your slogan contribution or a comment on the post and/or comments?”

    All of the above.

  16. No I don’t sound like Cedar…she would have said something like:

    There are people dying in Darfur that would love to be eating warm seal heart right now, so stfu.

    Cedar is just harsh like that.

  17. Jazz – I know, eh? All that’s missing is the “there, there” it’s going to be okay. Cracked me up. But like I said, what kind of person would actually enter a contest like this in the first place?

    Tom – Oh. Okay, thanks.

    CNC – Wow. I’m glad Cedar stopped commenting in that case. Have you taken over her body entirely or will she still be popping out once in a while?

  18. Did no one get the implication of: “In tough times, tough people last longer. But it hasn’t quite come to that yet. “????