If It Ain’t Broke, Government Will Fix It Until It Is

Many of you probably already saw this on our Facebook page, but we decided to share it here as well. A little Photoshop fun to help pass the day. Enjoy!

What Does DC DMV Have Against Freedom?

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Many people know the District of Columbia’s “Taxation Without Representation” license plate slogan.  The District has mimicked many (actual) states in allowing residents to order customized messages on license plates.

Simply visit www.dmv.dc.gov and a world of possibilities for vanity plates and license plate customization await. Also like many (actual) states, DC bans license plate messages that it deems to be offensive or inappropriate.

When we heard that the District banned “FREEDOM” on its license plates, we thought maybe it was a mistake. Surely the capital of the country whose national anthem references “the land of the free” wouldn’t have an issue with “FREEDOM” on its license plates.

Or would they?

To earn our investigative field work bona fides, we decided to “hit the pavement” all the way to www.dmv.dc.gov in order to investigate the matter for your benefit, gentle reader.

We entered “FREEDOM” in the personalized tag preview box and were greeted with the error, “The requested personalized tag has been deemed unacceptable by the DMV. Please try a different combination.”

Unacceptable indeed. What more ironic way to symbolically kill freedom than to ban the word itself from license plates as if it were now some sort of dirty word that ought to be excised from the English language. The word is so offensive in fact that the website refused to even display what the offending license plate might look like if it were indeed placed on a DC license plate.

But as with most things connected with the District, internal controls aren’t that robust. A preview is available simply by choosing a different radio button.

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Oh. The. HORROR!!! It may take some time to get over that. Like a moth drawn to flame, our staff couldn’t resist the temptation to see what the illicit images might look like on another tag style. So we did the unthinkable, and pit it… ONTO ANOTHER PLATE!

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We’ll give you a moment to absorb all that hate speech.

Of course the crafty folks at the DC DMV would never let us order a license plate with such a hateful message.

But the message encouraged us to try a different combination. And so try we did.

“WE SUCK” No good. Clearly offensive!

But with the radio button trick noted above, we at least get to see what it looks like. We can always dream.

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While “WE SUCK” complete with the DC flag icon was banned, apparently “DCSUCKS” is ok (and available) though we are guessing there is a 29 percent chance the license plate police may not let this go through.

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C’mon DC, let some lucky person have “FREEDOM” adorn their license plate if they so choose and are lucky enough to be the first to request it after the ban is lifted.