A private group announced that a series of conservative images will soon grace an electronic billboard in Tennessee. While most people won’t see these ads (they will appear by a state highway in a town with a population of around 8000), the ads are significant because they are not dictated by professional operatives, but by grassroots conservatives and reveal the ill-informed and sad worldview that the Republican Party has fostered among large swaths of the population.
What exactly is happening here? I’m not just talking about the accusation that some unknown freedoms are at risk that Obama decided to let slide for 4 years figuring he’d wait until a hypothetical second term to tackle. But what’s up with the picture? I’m assuming we’re looking at the asses of a couple of soldiers. I say that because if they’re facing us, they’re saluting with the wrong hand. And why is the male soldier clear and the female soldier disappearing? Are we supposed to assume women in the military is a freedom Obama is opposing?
Why is “d” lower case there? Why not compare the flag of the Soviet Union with the flag of the United States? I doubt the authors of this billboard thought through the selection of a French statue symbolizing an open immigration policy. Seriously though this billboard should offend every American and we should vigilantly denounce anyone who suggests comparing the Soviet Union with the United States. Suggesting that a 3% tax hike on the wealthy in order to provide enhanced education opportunities to the poor and subsistence benefits to the elderly and poor is morally equivalent to a state that executed and tortured millions in a matter of decades is shameful. Unfortunately, the efforts of the Republican Party to build a reliable base requires cultivating this mindset.
Numerous adherents to Christian Socialist parties around the world might disagree. There are also socialists in other religions but the picture suggests the authors might not recognize those as religions anyway. As the tipster who sent this to me noted, there is a certain irony with employing a dove of peace with a Republican Party that mired America in an unnecessary war in Iraq and continues to agitate daily for a full-scale invasion of Iran. But again, the insinuation that the Democratic Party advocates socialism and therefore must support the anti-religious tendencies of orthodox Marxism is akin to the business plan of the Underpants Gnomes.
If anyone finds themselves in Lenoir, TN over the next few weeks keep an eye out for these ads. And if you see any other more crazy or offensive ads…send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see about featuring them in a future story for everyone’s entertainment.