Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Q Toon: Inaugural Shout Out

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
÷Jan 30, 2013
It's a week late, but here's my cartoon about President Obama's Second Inaugural Speech. As cartoonist for  the nation's LGBT news and feature syndicate, I couldn't very well ignore the first ever mention of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples in a presidential inauguration speech, even if that speech was delivered four hours after I sent last week's cartoon to the syndicate.

I understand that conservatives have their collective nose out of joint because President Obama failed to deliver the inaugural address they had written for Mitt Romney. The Economist's Lexington complains about the President's "partisan" speech:
In his speech Mr Obama painted conservatives as akin to a primitive tribe—intensely united around such totems as climate-change denial or hostility to gay rights, rigid in their belief that government safety nets trap citizens in dependency, and generally prone to mistake “absolutism for principle”. In contrast, Mr Obama used the inauguration to thank and reassure the loose coalition that returned him to power in November. In a cascade of lyrical stanzas he pledged his second term, in turn, to those who depend on public health care and pensions, to those weary of war, to women seeking equal pay, to gays seeking equal rights, to minorities angry about legal hurdles that seemingly exclude them from voting, and to immigrants wanting new lives in America. The president ended with a call for citizens to demand that politicians address that progressive agenda.
Lexington suggests that this address is par for the course, reporting that Republicans "routinely accuse Mr Obama of distorting their positions." These must be the same Republicans who say that Obama is a socialist Marxist Israel-hater foisting death panels on Grandmas nationwide while apologizing for everything America has ever done and snatching away everybody's guns.

Speaking of guns, while Lexington pays President Obama no compliments on the issue, the Republican reader who has found in the column a sympathetic account of his/her grievances will likely stumble over the parentheses in this sentence toward the end: "A confrontation looms, too, over Mr Obama’s (feeble) proposals on gun control, such as curbs on high-capacity ammunition clips or new checks on gun buyers."

Would it have been less feeble to have described a progressive movement from Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall and Sandy Hook?

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