Ah, election season. It always brings out the best of the armchair political analyst, the every man and woman with something to contribute to the election time banter. But some witty folks in Hanson, Mass., a small town about 18 miles south of Boston, have generated some buzz during RNC week with a billboard that makes their sentiments about the president quite clear: “Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot. Obama, One Big Ass Mistake America. Vote Mitt Romney for 2012!”
To really drive home the statement, the communist symbol is emblazoned on the president’s shirt collar.
But that kind of poignancy is always better in twos, so the billboard sponsors doubled up on the advertising and posted another, in big bold letters, that shows a little girl pouting and putting up her middle finger. The message says, “Thanks, Obama. You’ve spent my lunch money, my allowance, my inheritance, 35 years of future paychecks and my retirement. You jerk.” Did I mention the little girl is flipping the bird?
I find it hard to believe that the Romney campaign would give this kind of ignorance the thumbs up, even if it is some kind of backdoor support for the campaign. Because this would just make their ticket look bad. There are some renegade supporters who apparently have money to burn and sarcasm to spare and ta da! That’s how these luscious pieces of propaganda were born. Score at least one for the birthers.
I love President Obama and I will be voting for him this November, but I don’t mind having intelligent discussion about the pitfalls of his first four years. I don’t pretend he’s perfect and there have been some disappointments. But the key to progress and picking the best candidate for the job—not just now, but in any election for any office—is having intelligent conversation, not superficial bandwagoning and certainly not focusing on race or where the candidate was born. (I mean, how many other presidents have had to produce their long-form birth certificate to shut people up?)
It’s sad that folks feel this strongly about their tomfoolery but there are all kinds of kooks and crazies in the world. And clearly, they have access to PhotoShop.
Do you think the billboards are offensive or just a romp through the liberty of free speech?
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