There’s going to be a very serious attempt — in fact, signs of it have already appeared — to depict Congressman Paul Ryan (shown wearing a red baseball cap in the photo above) as a callous and out-of-touch shill for the top one-percent who wants to hurt poor and middle-income Americans and abuse senior citizens. He’ll be portrayed as having no empathy whatever for ordinary Americans, no feeling for the other 99%, some of whom are shown in the following fifteen photographs:
“God bless them,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said of the Occupy Wall Street movement, “for their spontaneity. It’s independent . . . it’s young, it’s spontaneous, and it’s focused. And it’s going to be effective. . . . The message of the protesters is a message for the establishment everyplace.”
Weird, heartless wack-jobs like Paul Ryan, though — in the photo above, he’s apparently torturing one of Santa’s flying reindeer — have absolutely nothing in common with ordinary Americans. Instead, he consorts with dangerous fruitcake fanatics like the so-called “Tea Party,” shown in the three chilling photographs immediately below:
In 2009, when she was serving as Speaker of the House, Ms. Pelosi called members of the Tea Party “astroturf,” labeled them “un-American” – and, after all, what could possibly be less American than resistance to expanding government and high taxes? — and revealed that they were “carrying swastikas.” Vice President Joe Biden compared them to “terrorists.”
Referring to such working-class bizarros in old industrial towns deeply injured by job losses, then presidential candidate Barack Obama (speaking, he thought, privately to some wealthy donors) said in 2008: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
ABC’s Brian Ross linked them to the recent massacre in Aurora, Colorado. Many commentators on the left linked them to the shooting of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords and seventeen others in Tucson, Arizona. Half a century earlier, liberals blamed John F. Kennedy’s assassination on conservatives in Texas, and some still seem to be doing it. (See this, also.) Unfortunately, James Holmes seems to be a fairly apolitical loon; Jared Lee Loughner appears to be, albeit rather confusedly, on the political left; and Lee Harvey Oswald was a Communist who had even, for a time, defected to the Soviet Union.
But no matter. Paul Ryan (who is shown below with some ordinary Americans whom he most likely captured on the same violent, testosterone-driven hunting expedition during which he murdered Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) is an obvious extremist who doesn’t care about our nation’s women and children.
Do you notice, by the way, how the darkness naturally gathers about him in the photograph below?
I can hardly wait for the substantive and mature political discourse to begin!
Edited to add: Apparently I need to clarify that, while my point is serious — that Paul Ryan is going to be, indeed already is being, demonized as a dangerous extremist by people who themselves have a history of being cozy with real extremists (I haven’t even mentioned Frank Marshall Davis, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, etc.) — it was not intended as an academic treatise on public affairs, an essay in political philosophy, or a dispassionate and non-partisan news report. It’s a blog entry, for heaven’s sake. And it was meant to be just a bit cheeky. A tad provocative. I have, or at least imagine myself to have, a sense of humor. But there are, so far as I’m aware, no inaccuracies in the statements attributed to Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama, et al. At least one reader has been confused, and I believe it’s my responsibility to clear up confusion.