Saturday, March 20, 2010

But It's Not About Racism (The Teabagger Edition)

So here's a "real American" (How do I know he's a real American? He's wearing an American flag polo, godammit!) - a "tea party patriot" - a protester against health care reform proudly standing with his signs on the Washington Mall depicting a donkey excreting a Shepard Fairey Obama head, complete with Hitler moustache; his other sign threatening violence if health care reform passes, because, you know, that's how the tea party rolls. And that's how they'll continue to roll until the politicians they support have the courage to stand up to the idiots in the crowd and tell them it's not okay to bring guns to rallies, or depict the President of the United States in a Nazi Schutzstaffel uniform, or spit on civil rights leaders and call them "niggers."
"This afternoon, [Congressman Emanuel Cleaver] was walking into the Capitol to vote, when one protester spat on him.
...This is not the first time the Congressman has been called the "n" word and certainly not the worst assault he has endured in his years fighting for equal rights for all Americans. That being said, he is disappointed that in the 21st century our national discourse has devolved to the point of name calling and spitting. He looks forward to taking a historic vote on health care reform legislation tomorrow, for the residents of the Fifth District of Missouri and for all Americans. He believes deeply that tomorrow's vote is, in fact, a vote for equality and to secure health care as a right for all. Our nation has a history of struggling each time we expand rights. Today's protests are no different, but the Congressman believes this is worth fighting for."
How many people of ethnicity do you see in this photo?

Now I know that painting with a broad brush, especially one dipped in "whites only" paint, does a disservice to misguided members of the Tea Party whose protestorial intentions have nothing to do with race whatsoever, but until they disavow those who walk around with Obama as witch doctor depictions, insist he's an undocumented worker or refuse to believe he's actually an American citizen, they're losing their message to the crazies.

You'd better learn what Socialism, Marxism and Communism are before assuming Glenn Beck is correct in whatever he happens to spew in any particular hour, or else you confirm your status as a moron.

Looking back at that "I didn't vote for the Socialist" sign, I can't help but wonder what the word "socialist" was a substitution for?

UPDATE (10:25pm): Rob Tornoe reports on fellow cartoonist Steve Hill's visit to the Longworth Building in DC today.

1 comment:

Dana said...

This is Obama's Vietnam but not in the way you think.