The above cartoon is from today’s Washington Post by far leftist anti-gun nut Tom Toles. The implication, of course, is that Republican Congressmen are the real gun nuts since they won’t have an emotional knee-jerk reaction to every instance of gun violence and write more laws when government won’t even bother to enforce the laws they’ve already written.
Toles thought that he needed to explain his cartoon to those of us who don’t understand the imagery, because, you know, cartoons are hard to interpret for us Neanderthals.
First has been their long descent into ever more flamboyant distortion of facts. The health-care debate, the actual nature of the deficit problem and climate change come to mind. Second has been their increasingly imaginative conjuring of bizarre conspiracies and deployment of innuendo. Try the birth certificate “issue,” that Obama is an unpatriotic socialist, or conversely, or simultaneously, Nazi, “death panels” and again climate change. Third is their edging ever closer to hysterical talk, phrasing and imagery about revolution and violence as political tactics.
Now, however, the mere suggestion that in light of horrible shooting deaths and injuries, somebody might want to rethink the ramifications of their choice of words and images is depicted as some manner of totalitarian jackboot. A REQUEST for some restraint on violence-inflected language is painted as yet another outrage, to the permanently outraged. Is this a serious position? No more than the rest of the wacky menagerie of chimeras they’ve gotten into the cozy bad habit of bedding down with.
You’d think an employee of the Washington Post would actually read their paper and notice that much of the “outrage” of Republicans stems from the early nineties when we were accused of plotting to toss the elderly out into the street, starve children, make the elderly eat dog food and any number of other stupid shit they could think up. We’ve been accused of wanting to bring back slavery, drag black people behind our pickup trucks, burn black churches with impunity. We’ve been lied about and slandered and it’s only been in the last few years we quit turning the other cheek.
In the paragraph that I left out of the quote above, Toles rails against the commenters at WaPo who argue with him about things he didn’t say in his cartoons. I wonder if Toles noticed that he just spent three paragraphs explaining nothing that is represented in his cartoon above.
And, honestly, I’m a little bit insulted that someone who makes a living making really bad drawings with crayons thinks he has the moral authority to tell me how I should conduct myself. No, he can have his own opinions, I just don’t think he has brain in his thick skull so he should just keep his written opinions to himself and keep his thoughts confined to really bad drawings.