Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Senator Kevin Bryant removes Obama Osama Picture
Browsing the web, I noticed that Senator Kevin Bryant removed the Obama-Osama picture he had posted to his blog. Read his comments about doing such at http://kevinbryant.com/2008/07/22/sen-barack-obama/.
The national and state media firestorm that developed over the blog posting has been intense. National news networks and papers ran the story, and such well known liberal websites as the Huffington Post placed Bryant in their political cross hairs.
I did not find any great humor in the picture, but I have to note the "outrage" from the left at such a picture. It comes just a week or so after the satirical cover of the New Yorker magazine was so attacked.
Regardless of what one thinks of the New Yorker or of Kevin Bryant, rational followers of the political scene have to ask themselves what is so special about Barack Obama that his supporters attack anyone who dares to poke fun at the Senator from Illinois.
Similar cartoons about McCain being too old and about to die and about Vice President Cheney being evil are accepted as good humor. However, when Obama is subject to such, all Hell breaks loose on the Left.
The Obama supporters act not in defense of the candidate as much as they seem to act to silence those who criticize him. The situations with the New Yorker and with Senator Bryant seem to be a declaration from Obama supporters, "if you poke fun at our guy, or even those who criticize our guy in a way we don't like, we will make your life a living hell. You had better shut up."
The Obama camp's reaction, and the media who seem to do its bidding's reaction, is troubling. Even if someone portrays a national political figure in poor taste, there is something fundamentally un-American about the vicious attack mode the Obama forces go into over simple satirical pictures and cartoons. Can you imagine the outcry if the Right had viciously attacked the cartoonist who used my favorite cartoon, Peanuts, to say that Conservatives had fairy tale beliefs?Why does Obama have another standard?
As for Kevin Bryant, he is no racist. I know the man. He and I disagree on some issues, but he's dedicated to the state and to his family. The guy offered some humor that was supposed to make folks think. Was it good humor, probably not. But, should Bryant be hounded for it? No.
Last time I checked, this was still the United States of America, not some two bit third world country. It is usually two bit third world countries ran either by military or religious dictatorships that threaten the livelihoods of those who poke fun at the leaders. Perhaps that is where the United States is headed now. I hope not. I also hope Bryant puts his attempt at humor back up as thumb in the eye to those who would silence his voice.