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A Political Message

By Shamus
on Thursday Aug 27, 2009
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I know I try to stay away from politics here on the site, but I’m a huge fan of Optimus Prime and I think he’s the kind of leader we need in these troubled times. Thank you.

(I think his campaign platform should center around running over Michael Bay and then appointing Peter Jackson as Secretary of Making Transformers Movies That Don’t Suck.)

(Picture lifted from random internet forum.)

Comments (45)

  1. Curuinor says:

    Oh, I believe that that is from an extremely specific random internet forum.

    • Shamus says:

      Curuinor: I’m sure it did originate SOMEWHERE, but it’s all over the place now. GIS for “Change into a truck”. I don’t know where it started.

  2. Magnus says:

    Surely the slogan should be “Until All Are One” whilst excluding Hot Rod as much as possible, since he’s obviously a liability.

    Or perhaps “One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall” for when he goes up against the Decepticons Republicans.

    • Shamus says:

      Magnus: Thank you so much for sharing your highly nuanced political views with us. Republics are bad you say? I’m enthralled. Let’s get some Republicans in here and see what they think. I’m sure it will be an illuminating discussion, the likes of which have never appeared before on the internet.

  3. Debaser says:

    The title should be “Shamus found a picture on the net”

  4. Rowan says:

    Awesome, hadn’t seen that one yet!

  5. Mephane says:

    I'm sure it will be an illuminating discussion, the likes of which have never appeared before on the internet.

    You made my day. :D

  6. Benjamin Orchard says:

    Magnus & Shamus: I’m a Republicon…Republican’t….oh hang it all…I’m registered in the Elephant Party.

    My conclusion on political parties? THEY BOTH SUCK!!!

    So there.

    I’ll vote for Optimus Prime if he’ll promise to promise to truck all the current politicians out of DC and replace them with actual human beings (or transformers, I’m not picky) that know what it’s like to live in the real world.

    I’m not trying to start a flame war (no really, I’m not!). Which is why I’m just gonna get it out there and say that all politicians suck, it’s just a matter of deciding which ones suck the least.

  7. Henebry says:

    Shamus: that’s the problem with getting political. Once you crack the door, political views come pouring in.

    You’re right to be vigilant: this is a cozy site, with a great culture, and I’m sure many of us feel instinctively that this community is like the community of like-minded folk that we hang out with on weekends. So I’m sure Magnus was assuming that his views are shared by the people here. I can see myself making the same mistake, and then being surprised to discover that our cozy site is actually teeming with the enemy people with whom we disagree.

  8. Griffin says:

    Now that’s change we can all believe in. Shamus is a uniter, not a divider.

  9. Vladius says:

    The Obama “stare at a weird angle at the people looking at the picture” look is just perfect for Optimus.

    Libertarian/Conservative/Classical Liberal clocking in.

  10. Lazlo says:

    Still think it’s a better platform than “Change… into a truck manufacturer.”

    Whenever I see political satire like this, the phrase that always comes to mind is “Well, we could do worse… You know, like we always have.”

    And I’d say that non-snarky mods are a change that no one would believe in, or even believe for that matter.

  11. bbot says:


    Dumbocrat LIBTARD don’t you know that the african citizen HUSSEAIN OBAMA just wants to pass the DEATH PANELS act so he can harvest the PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS of our citizens for the cabal of REPTILIAN FBI OVERLORDS planning on taking over the world with RFID CHIPS IMPLANTED IN OUR FILLINGS?????

    Open your eyes, sheeple!!!! Vote Palin 2010!!!!

  12. vdeogmer says:

    I always thought that the caption on this one isn’t subtle enough. We know what Optimus Prime does, you’re missing out on any wordplay if you’re using the picture just to tell us that he turns into a truck. I suggest that “Change And Roll Out” would be more appropriate.

  13. Vladius says:

    Okay, guys, seriously, Shamus was making a joke, and you’re ruining it. It’s not supposed to be making fun of either political party.

    Stop the Republican-bashing.

  14. Drakey says:

    Bwahahaha! A good friend and co-worker of mine has a shirt bearing the original face to that there campaign. Its sooo neat! makes me think of him more cause hes all about optimus too!

    Nice find there Shamus!

    Worthy of facebook hey?

  15. RPharazon says:

    Pfft, you US-ians and your silly two-party system.
    Here in Canadia we have five parties.

    The Conservatives, who are like the Democrats in the US, and are the most right-wing (hah) party in Canada. Their leader and current Prime Minister is a robot.

    The Liberals, who aren’t really so much liberal as centrist, and don’t really get anything done. Their past three leaders have been accused of fraud, cowardice, or both. Still, they’re pretty neat since they magically create surpluses out of thin air.

    The Bloc Quebecois, basically a party (based in Quebec) whose main goal is to SEPERATE from Canada. Strangely enough, they are always successful in every riding they run for. All of their ridings are in Quebec, of course.

    The NDP, who are pretty much communists hiding in a libertarian disguise (with a leader who has a neat mustache). Their commercials feature the robot-Prime Minister with a pot belly, and their own leader with a fit and muscular body. Kind of weird.

    Finally, the Greens, who are the joke party. They got more votes last election, but lost their only seat in parliament. Their leader is a woman (albeit a weird and hippieish woman) so that’s pretty neat.

    We have 2.5 times the fun, so suck on it.

  16. Xxaxx says:

    bbot is officially my new best friend

    Also, that picture is amazing, I would totally wear that t-shirt!

  17. Magnus says:

    Gee, didn’t realise one comment could cause so much grumpiness!

    I’m not even American…

    Over here in the UK both the Democrats and the Republicans are unfathomable, but it’s the Republicans who have been looking down their noses at our beloved NHS, hence the pick.

    Of couse everyone knows, no matter who you vote for, the government still gets in. (favourite quote of my brothers that, not sure who it’s from… Dylan possibly)

    At least you guys aren’t ultimately ruled by an anachronism.

  18. Dave Ramsey says:

    I thought Christopher Nolan was who we gave horrible movie series to when we wanted them to be good again…

  19. Slycne says:

    I just follow the rule to never discuss politics, religion or D&4 4th Edition in polite company.

  20. Neil Polenske says:

    Well this was the new slogan after “I want your FACE” didn’t market well amongst voters.

  21. Rosseloh says:


    Indeed, I do the same. Doesn’t help that my view of US politics is “bunch of bastards who should be shot”. So I keep it to myself.

  22. DaveMc says:

    @RPharazon: If the NDP is supposed to be in a libertarian disguise, they *really* need to work on their disguise skills. They would have better luck pretending to be a truck.

  23. Eric J says:

    Whichever way we go, we need an overhaul of our Energon policy.

  24. Tim Skirvin says:

    The original is here. The original poster sold out before I could get one, but I’m happy to see that they have stickers now.

  25. Hipparchus says:

    I vote for Prowl, he is logical, commanding, has military experinece and is likely to put money into the police program.

  26. Volatar says:

    I found this hilarious.

    On politics, I agree with Benjamin Orchard: both parties suck. My party wants to get all those moderate voters. I want it to stop being such a party of spineless politicians, and go back to its roots.

    I propose the creation of the Conservative Party Right-wing-radical-terrorists Party! :D

  27. Terran says:

    I find it suspicious that the image looks better against the “Chaotic evil” background rather than the “Lawful Good”.

    What exactly *is* Primes platform/policy statement?

  28. Vladius says:




    By the way, the idea of a “Death Panel” is not entirely inaccurate, seeing as they have to decide who gets what down the line to cut costs.

  29. Pickly says:

    C’mon, guys, why all the hate for death panel supporters? As a proud death panel supporter, I believe all civilized nations have a duty to ensure that all citizens of the world shall be provided access to death panels, and that such panels shall provide a great boost to the American and world economies. Instead, we are slandered and mischaracterized as cold hearted, murderous people.

    (The “death panel” arguments do stink for actually comparing and discussing different health care options, but they are great for jokes. :) )

  30. Kdansky says:

    If we’re talking politics, this might interest you, Shamus:


    They’ve been fairly successfull in the last elections, considering how new they are. They’re about copyright and software piracy mostly.

  31. Volatar says:

    Hey, the subject of piracy.

    This, interestingly, coincides with the takedown of The Pirate Bay (for real this time… I think)

  32. I'm just gonna get it out there and say that all politicians suck, it's just a matter of deciding which ones suck the least.

    Like operating systems!!!!

    Now the discussion is nerdy again. Hooray.

  33. Ruroshen says:

    …and that was the day Shamus learned that posting something even vaguely, tangentially related to politics–even in jest–was a Very Bad Idea. The End.

  34. MissusJ says:

    @Benjamin Orchard: I decided the parties sucked a long time ago, and went Non-Party Affiliated way before it was cool to do so- and way before anyone cared about us. Come to the Grey Side, everyone flames us! :D

  35. Julian says:

    At the Canadian guy: Five parties? Hah!
    Here in Argentina we have this many parties (and these are only the national parties):
    National parties

    * Action for the Republic (Acción por la República)
    * Authentic Socialist Party (Partido Socialista Auténtico)
    * Christian Democratic Party (Partido Demócrata Cristiano)
    * Communist Party of Argentina (Partido Comunista de la Argentina)
    * Free of the South Movement (Movimiento Libres del Sur)
    * Front for Change (Frente para el Cambio/Polo Social)
    * Front for Victory (Frente para la Victoria)
    * Front of the New Party (Frente Partido Nuevo)
    * Front of the Popular Movement (Frente Movimiento Popular)
    * Humanist Party (Partido Humanista)
    * Integration and Development Movement (Movimiento de Integración y Desarrollo)
    * Intransigent Party (Partido Intransigente)
    * Justicialist Front (Frente Justicialista)
    * Justicialist Party (Partido Justicialista)
    * Movement for a New Country (Movimiento para un Nuevo País)
    * National Left (Izquierda Nacional)
    * New Movement (Nuevo Movimiento)
    * New Space (Nuevo Espacio)* Radical Civic Union (Unión Cívica Radical)
    * Recreate for Growth (Recrear para el Crecimiento – RECREAR)
    * Renewal Crusade (Cruzada Renovadora)
    * Self-determination and Freedom (Autodeterminación y Libertad)
    * Socialist Party (Partido Socialista)
    * Support for an Egalitarian Republic (Afirmación para una República Igualitaria)
    * Union and Liberty Party (Partido Unión y Libertad)
    * Union of the Democratic Centre (Unión del Centro Democrático)
    * United Left (Izquierda Unida)
    * Workers’ Party for Socialism (Partido de Trabajadores por el Socialismo)
    * Worker’s Party (Partido Obrero)

    I hate the political system so much.

  36. mookers says:


    What? No Judean People’s Front? :D

  37. David V.S. says:

    I agree with vdeogmer: “Change And Roll Out” is superior.

    Back in 2004 I saw the only political bumper sticker that has made me laugh. It said, “It God had wanted us to vote he would have given us candidates.”

    Slightly related, I can’t be the only person who wanted to be a member of both the college’s Christian fellowship and Campus Crusade for Cthulhu?

  38. RYard says:



  39. Shamus says:

    That’s enough of that. I think we’re done here.