Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Very Epitome Of Political Bigotry Aimed Directly At People In Peril

Wednesday wasn’t a particularly good day for a left-leaning political cartoonist.  Matt Wuerker was on the receiving end of a blistering firestorm over the illustrator’s depiction of Texas flood victims praising angels sent by God while a Coast Guard chopper’s crew member mentions their role on behalf of the federal government.
Here’s what Wuerker, who attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and lives in Washington, DC said about his political bigotry:
“As a political cartoonist, I try to get people to think—to consider the ironies and subtleties of the world we live in. This cartoon went with an extreme example of anti-government types—Texas Secessionists—benefitting from the heroism of federal government rescuers.  It, of course, was not aimed at Texans in general, any more than a cartoon about extremists marching in Charlottesville could be construed as a poke at all Virginians.  My heart is with all the victims of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction and those risking their lives to save others.”
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey expressed his opinion on Wuerker’s “sneering ridicule”:
“In his usual sledgehammer style, he includes a Gadsden flag to slam conservatives, Confederate imagery to smear Texans as racists, and then also includes a gratuitous slap at people of faith.  It’s a smug, arrogant, and utterly tone-deaf attack on hurricane refugees in the midst of their crisis, exploiting their tragedy to ride his hobby horses all over their pain.”
Then the sun rises on another day of political bigotry; only this time from French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
A scant two years ago, the controversial satire magazine was the victim of radical Islamist terrorists who killed twelve of the magazine’s staffers.
Charlie Hebdo joined the jackals with its most recent cover mocking victims of Hurricane Harvey with art of Neo-Nazis drowning in the flood waters and the words “Dieu Existe!” and “Il a noyé tous le Néo-Nazis du Texas!” (God Exists!  He drowned all the Neo-Nazis of Texas!”)
So, this is their thanks for the Texans who were among the thousands of Americans who died liberating France from the Nazis in World War II?  That’s funny coming from a nation who threw down their guns becoming little more than speed bumps for Nazi Panzer tanks.

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