August 11, 2009
Note: WFTV has posted a new video report on the posters in Florida.
WFTV in Florida aired a report today on Infowars Obama Joker posters glued to Post Office mailboxes. “A vocal and graphic Internet campaign attacking President Barack Obama just hit Central Florida and one of its first targets was a U.S. Post Office,” the news station reports. “Several Lake County residents called WFTV when they spotted the ‘Joker’ posters on stop signs and saw workers scraping them off the post office in Clermont.”
|Many Americans no longer have the stomach for political satire and parody.|
See the news report including a video on the WFTV website.
Alex Jones and Infowars have stated that Obama Joker posters should not be posted on government or private property. The posters should be posted only in legal public commons areas where other posters, fliers, handbills, etc., are posted.
WFTV claims residents and the postmaster were “deeply offended” by the posters. “I’ve been with the Postal Service for 30 years now,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything this insensitive,” said the postmaster, Willie Montgomery.
Mr. Montgomery was not specific, although it would seem he considers the satirical and critical parody of Obama to be insensitive. Montgomery and the residents of Clermont may not realize it, but political satire and parody have a long history dating back well before the author Jonathan Swift wrote his A Modest Proposal in 1729. Political cartoons were instrumental in the American Revolutionary War. Scathing political cartoons appeared in Ben Franklin’s newspaper The Pennsylvania Gazette and the Massachusetts Centinel. In the 1870s, cartoonist Thomas Nast published a series of illustrations lampooning the Tammany Ring, the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in controlling New York City politics.
The Obama as Joker meme fits in that esteemed tradition — and may be considered “subvertisement” of a popular Hollywood movie as well — but then history is lost on a dumbed-down public all too ready to fawn and grovel at the feet of political leaders who betray them at every turn.
Indeed, the point is to “deeply offend” the sensibilities and get people to think about what Obama stands for and the people he represents.
Our rulers were shrewd when they selected Obama to be president — they understood the politically correct mechanism at work in American society, an ethic inculcated over the last three decades. It will now be considered a racist crime to criticize and parody Barack Obama. How long before this criticism and disagreement becomes a punishable crime?