Graphic designer Safwat Saleem in Phoenix, AZ has made 12 “political” posters that make me smile.
Below each poster is a quote, fact or an anecdote that served as the inspiration for that particular poster.
Nearly one-in-five (18%) Americans say President Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Source: Pew Research Center / What were those 18% doing when the Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy was on TV 24/7?
‘’I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful.’’
– Laura Schlessinger, 63, radio host, announcing her decision to quit her show following complaints over her use of the word “nigger” 11 times during an on-air phone call
Source: Time magazine / And here’s a tweet by Sarah Palin in support of Laura Schlessinger and her vocabulary: “Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”).”
‘’I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan.”
– President Barack Obama, August 13, 2010 at a White House Ramadan dinner
”I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.’’
– President Barack Obama, August 14, 2010
President Obama felt the need to clarify his comments after a conservative backlash. If you listen to the unedited speech he made on August 13, it is clear he was in support of the NYC community center. And then if you listen to his comments on August 14, he appears sheepish and hesitant. This attitude epitomizes the Democratic party and their general lack of spine.
‘’They [illegal immigrants] use it as a wedge. This is an orchestrated effort by them to come here and have children to gain access to the great welfare state we’ve created.”
– Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, defending his idea of rewriting the 14th Amendment
Source: Time magazine / He went on to say “We will write it right.” 58% of Americans polled by Rasmussen think illegal immigrants whose children are born in the U.S. should not receive citizenship; support for that stance is 76% among Republicans.
‘’I can’t really tell you much about it, because it’s still an ongoing investigation.”
– Pete Lee, FBI spokesman, in response to being asked if the FBI was behind placing a GPS tracking device on the car of Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen of Egyptian origin
Source: “Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back” in Wired Magazine / Mr Afifi found the device sticking out of his car when he went to a car mechanic. He posted photos of it on the internet because he wasn’t sure what it was. The FBI then paid him a visit so they could have the device back. He is still not sure why he was being spied upon. Also, I don’t really know if Mr Afifi has a beard.
‘’It’s a flat-out lie. I read my Bible. He made this earth for us to utilize.’’
– Norman Dennison, electrician and founder of the Corydon (Indiana) Tea Party, speaking about climate change
‘’Being a strong Christian, I cannot help but believe the Lord placed a lot of minerals in our country and it’s not there to destroy us.’’
– Lisa Deaton, small business owner and founder of WeThePeopleIndiana.org
Source: New York Times
‘’We do not want to be told how to behave in matters of personal safety. We do not want to be forced to wear seat belts or helmets because others think that it is good for us.”
– Robert Ford, chairman of Massachusetts Freedom First
Source: Paternalism & Its Discontents: Motorcycle Helmet Laws, Libertarian Values, and Public Health as published in the American Journal of Health / Libertarians are apparently of the belief that individual recklessness does not have societal impact. Thanks to arguments like in the quote above, only 20 states (and the District of Columbia) have laws that require all riders to wear a helmet.
‘’Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas… it is a part of earth’s life cycle. And yet we are being told that we have to reduce this natural substance and reduce the American standard of living.’’
– Rep. Michele Bachmann on the House floor on Earth Day, 2009
Source: CSPAN / Picking a batshit crazy quote by other Tea Party favorites like Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell or Sharon Angle seemed too easy, so I went with Michele Bachmann. There are many other delusional gems ranging from Tea Partyers believing in “death panels” to people who are convinced that the Obama administration raised taxes for the middle class.
‘’Let me assure you, you don’t have to have a brown skin to be the victim of officer error, police enforcement error.”
– Sen. John Huppenthal, R-Chandler, in response to claims that Arizona’s SB1070 legislation would lead to racial profiling
Source: Arizona Daily Sun / There are tons of similar comments out there by several legislators. Yet, I am still unclear how they define “reasonably suspicious” when it comes to illegal immigrants without racially profiling someone.
Who Do I Have to Blow?
‘’Amnesty has to be an important part because there are people who have lived in this country for 20, 30 or 40 years, who have raised children here and pay taxes here and are not citizens.“
– Arizona Senator, John McCain, May 29, 2003
“I’ve never supported amnesty.”
– Arizona Senator, John McCain, Republican primary debate January 5, 2006
Source: OnTheIssues.org & FactCheck.Org / I feel John McCain embodies this poster. There are several examples of things he once said and believed that he now either claims he never said or no longer believes. His stance on immigration, that seems to change based on opinion polls, is just one of many such examples. Also, here’s a McCain tweet to Snooki (of Jersey Shore) who was unhappy about tanning-bed taxes: “@Snooki u r right, I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama’s tax/spend policy is quite The Situation.”
Muslims on a Plane
‘’When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb… I get worried. I get nervous.”
– Juan Williams, former NPR news analyst
Source: O’Reilly Factor on Fox News / Juan Williams was fired by NPR following these comments. A day later, he was offered a multiyear, $2 million contract by Fox News. Well played, Juan!
‘’Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies. And I know you’re not. I’m not accusing you of being an enemy, but that’s the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.”
– Glenn Beck, conservative news commentator, to Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to the House of Representatives
Source: Glenn Beck, CNN Headline News show