July 24, 2017
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

How Dumb is Santorum?

For the better part of the week Ricky “I hate college” Santorum has been ignoring the revelation appearing on the site Buzzfeed that Romney had written an Op Ed for USA Today

http://mittromneycentral.com/op-eds/2009-op-eds/mr-president-whats-the-rush/

in 2009 urging Obama to use his Romneycare as a model for national health care. Notwithstanding the merits of insuring everyone the Republicans hate Obama’s plan more than anything else and would kill anyone in a primary who even looked at it, let alone inspired it! Finally, last night, it hit Santorum that he has true Kryptonite in his hand. He’s a little slow, but what would you expect from the would-be non-education president?

No You Can’t

The Tea Party Right found themselves seized up in the last two days.  Calling obscene names at Democratic legislators; last night shouting ugly words at Stupak on the floor of the House Chamber.  They will now have to deal with clearly being seen as the party of “no”. Even more clearly they have exposed themselves as the party of hate.

From NBC:

Members of Congress were greeted by the N-word and other derogatory epithets on their way to see the president Saturday.

As the ugly side of the we-don’t-want-health-care-reform protests came out, the Tea Party activists’ behavior left several lawmakers in shock, reported the Huffington Post:

A staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a ‘ni–er.’ And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a “faggot,” as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams. Frank, approached in the halls after the president’s speech, shrugged off the incident.

Davy Crockett Lives

Seeing the news of the loss of Fess Parker reminded me of the great nights watching the Disney Davy Crockett show on our Philco console.  Fess as Davy, like a lot of the cowboy heroes in movies and TV, stood for moral values.  These included caring for one another (Davy opposed the Indian Removal Act) as well as thinking before you act (“make sure you’re right and then go ahead”).  Such a liberal mensch.  His values are still here (although hard to find).  One place is in the history books where the great progressive tradition of social justice can be learned, from Jefferson to Lincoln to Roosevelt to King.  Except in Texas where the school board is blue penciling-history for a story concocted by the Extreme Right celebrating Jeff Davis and Phyllis Schlafly!  In Davy’s adopted home state, the one he died for at the Alamo. Davy would be a gunnin’ for those varmints for sure.  First I think he would grin ’em out of countenance.

About 20 years ago I got to draw the animated Davy for Rabbit Ears Productions which was voiced by Nicholas Cage with music by David Bromberg.  I wanted a new Davy and redesigned him for the fun of it.. But Fess Parker is the Davy  Crockett for all times.  Being brave and decent all the way. He’d be a-scratchin’ for Health Care reform this week.  Because to care about America means caring about Americans.  And he was pro-America every time.

Click for Davy:

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