Mike Huckabee's Contrived 9/11 Cartoon Hurts Victims & Survivors

mike huckabee cartoonFormer Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had to know that hawking an educational cartoon for children about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center (which retails for $9.95 plus shipping and handling) was going to land him in hot water.

The idea of a politician and news personality trying to profit from the tragedy on the eve of its 10th anniversary with an animated version of the event that took so many lives isn't just upsetting to victims' family members, it's offensive to all of us who lived through September 11, 2001.

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Here's retired New York City fire chief Jim Richards, who lost his firefighter son, Jim Jr., on 9/11, angrily explaining why Huckabee selling the 9/11 cartoon is so inappropriate:

Three thousand Americans were murdered, and it's for his personal gain. I think it's blood money.

Allegedly, some of the profit from the cartoon will go to the victims' families and/or charities; Richards would prefer that all of the proceeds go for that purpose -- I'm sure you would agree.

Huckabee intends the cartoon (which is part of the Learn Our History series and includes Origins of World War II and The Reagan Revolution) to be an educational tool for children. He saw a need for it because he's deeply disturbed by how kids today are taught the history of 9/11:

... some teachers and education boards are using history and social studies classes as their soap box to promote their own political opinions and biases! And to me, that’s simply unacceptable.

That's why he set out to explain "what really happened" on that day in history -- except he's forgetting one minor point: How is learning "history" from a politician any different than an educator? Surely, Huckabee as a politician and FOX News personality isn't suggesting that he can offer a perfectly unbiased view. Because, really, who could?

Even if learning about 9/11 from someone at either end of the political spectrum doesn't bother you, it's got to be unsettling for both victims and survivors to see the events of such a painful day animated and explained in such a basic manner. September 11, 2001 was too big and horrible a tragedy to be trivialized by a short cartoon sold for $9.95. Hopefully, Huckabee will learn that lesson the hard way.

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