A very insightful post by Gus Van Horn has reminded me of a spoof a friend of mine made in 2004 when the onslaught of "Support the..." ribbons was reaching new heights. You may remember when the floodgates opened right around the last election, with the 10 inch tall magnets on the trunk of every third car? They started as the traditional yellow ribbon in support of the troops. Then it was breast cancer, AIDS, homelessness, gay rights, and on and on and on.
I highly recommend Gus' post. It digs much deeper into the phenomenon than I ever thought to go. I simply had an immediate scorn for the silliness of it all, but I never went further than that. As a tribute to Gus, I present a ribbon he can wear proudly: