It is funny reading through Utah related web boards. About one out of every ten posts contain a version of the phrase "If you don't like it; Leave!"
So, to partake in the craigs list phenomena, I decided to post a rant about the phrase. Hmmm, I wonder if people will recognize that it is a parody.
If you don't like it....
Apparently Craig's List only keeps things for 45 days. So, I also post it here:
I would like to nominate the phrase "if you don't like it; MOVE!" as the Utah State Motto.
I've found it to be one of the most commonly used sentences in the Utahn phrase book. I see it has already appeared in several messages on this board.
The phrase seems to come up in just about every conversation regardless of whether our not the topic is negative or positive about the state. It is most often used in the sentence:
"If you don't want to convert to my religion; MOVE!"
There a whole army of cheap white shirt, cheap drab pants, cheap tie clad, strange underwear clad young men on bicycles dedicated to knocking on people's doors, then telling them various versions of "if you don't like it move."
Generally the person saying the phrase is substantially more negative about life than the person being beating over the head with it.
The variation of the phrase that I like to use is: "Utah is an incredibly beautiful state with wildlands that deserve protection. If you don't like it; MOVE!"
Think about it. Utah politicians will drone on for hours about how Delaware is a better place to live because Delaware has almost no public lands. Well, if the Grand County Commission prefers Delaware to arguably the most beautiful scenery on earth, why don't they pack up their ugly fat arses and move?
It seems strange that the large culture that hates the natural beauty of this state keep telling the people who love the natural beauty of Utah to leave. Why don't they leave?
Public lands and wild lands and scenery are pretty much the only thing this little state has going for it. I like the land in Utah and have learned to ignore the people and have retained some sanity.
The phrase is thrown at me so often, I can't help but want to start using my version of it something...hence this post.
BTW: If you don't think this should be the state motto. MOVE!!!!!
If you are new to the area: Welcome to Salt Lake...Now, go away.