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Saturday, May 21, 2011, 11:16 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments
Barack W. Obama

Barack W. Obama: Progressives aren't happy

I didn’t vote for Barack Obama for President. I didn’t think he had the first idea how to run anything, much less a country. He was short on specifics of what he wanted to do, and on the few issues on which he was more specific, I didn’t like what he had to say. I liked even less that he not only encouraged but actively promoted a cultish following that demanded trust in his vagueness and mocked anyone who dared to think for him/herself.

Obama’s followers (not “supporters,” which connotes a more active role that doesn’t accurately reflect the lemming-like nature of their loyalty) insisted he would be the greatest thing since the wheel, and that he would reverse all that damage that Adolf Bush did to the Constitution, and that he would user in a new era Hope and Change, etc. Now, a little more than halfway through his term, half his supporters are now pissed of at him, and the other half have suddenly become fans of the Bush policies they insisted would bring the end of civilization as we know it until their guy started adopting them.

Among those who have seen the light and have turned against the Big O and his “progressive” apologists is cartoonist Ted Rall, creator of some of the most offensive cartoons ever published. Rall, it turns out, has now found himself on the wrong side of the Obama Cult, and it has cost him.

There’s been a push among political cartoonists to get our work into the big editorial blogs and online magazines that seem poised to displace traditional print political magazines like The Progressive. In the past, editorial rejections had numerous causes: low budgets, lack of space, an editor who simply preferred another creator’s work over yours.

Now there’ s a new cause for refusal: Too tough on the president.

I’ve heard that from enough “liberal” websites and print publications to consider it a significant trend.

A sample of recent rejections, each from editors at different left-of-center media outlets:

· “I am familiar with and enjoy your cartoons. However the readers of our site would not be comfortable with your (admittedly on point) criticism of Obama.”

· “Don’t be such a hater on O and we could use your stuff. Can’t you focus more on the GOP?”

· “Our first African-American president deserves a chance to clean up Bush’s mess without being attacked by us.”

I have no sympathy for Rall. Don’t get me wrong, I abhor hypocritical viewpoint censorship by the media who claim to be at the forefront of those speaking truth to power, but Rall made his own bed by buying into the Obama hype and helping elect him. It’s a delicious irony that the cult he fell for has turned against him.

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