They lost the election in November, so some of our friends on the left seem to be moving on to the next best meme: assassinating the President.
Drudge reports today on this skit that aired yesterday on Randi Rhodes’ talk-radio show on the tanking Air America:
“The announcer: ‘A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn’t safe anymore, so he is going to fix it for us. Well, here’s your answer, you ungrateful whelp: Just try it, you little bastard. .’
“The audio production at the center of the controversy aired during opening minutes of The Randi Rhodes Show.
“‘What is with all the killing?’ Rhodes said, laughing, after the clip aired.” (To listen to an audioclip of the skit plus Rhodes’s giggles, click here to The Politboro Diktat.)
And, as Byron York notes on National Review Online’s Corner, this wasn’t the first time that taking out Bush was one of the themes on Rhodes’s show:
“On her May 10, 2004, Air America program, Rhodes compared Bush to Fredo Corleone, the weak son in the Godfather movies, who was, on his brother Michael’s orders, taken on a fishing trip during which he was murdered with a gunshot to the head. ‘They are the Corleones,’ Rhodes said of the Bush family. ‘The Fredo of the family is the president of the United States, so why doesn’t his father take him, or his brother, one of them, take him out for a little, uh, fishing? You know, let him say some Hail Marys, he loves God so much. Yeah, take him out, you know, “Hail Mary, full of grace, God is with thee” — POW!’ Rhodes paused briefly before adding, ‘Works for me.’
And it works for many of the Randi Rhodes political persuasion. There was the “Kill Bush” t-shirt that was briefly for sale on the Internet. There’s a death-to-Bush interactive game (click on “The Final Battle” for a sicko anime image of the President, his forehead turned into what looks like a shooting-gallery target with a cross painted on it).
And don’t forget “Patriot Act,” Chicago artist Al Brandtner’s depiction of a sheet of mock stamps, each depicting Bush with a revolver pointed at his head. When “Patriot Act” was exhibited last month in a show at Chicago’s Columbia College, Secret Service agents showed up, as well they might. The show’s curator, Michael Hernandez deLuna (click here for his photo; he’s quite the work of art himself) got all shirty and decided to play the First Amendement card. Here’s the Chicago Sun-Times’s report:
“…Hernandez…said the inquiry ‘frightens’ him.
“‘It starts questioning all rights, not only my rights or the artists’ rights in this room, but questioning the rights of any artist who creates — any writer, any visual artist, any performance artist. It seems like we’re being watched,’ he said.”
And “being watched” by the Secret Service sounds like a darned good idea to me. Jeff Weise, the 17-year-old accused of perpetrating the mass-murder of high-school students and adults in Red Lake, Minn., in March, had posted art on the Internet showing people being blown up. I’d keep an eye on Brandtner, Hernandez–and Rhodes.
By the way, Rhodes is affiliated with a group that calls itself The White Rose Society after the underground group of German university students who resisted Hitler during World War II and were rounded up and executed. Click on the new White Rose’s website to see who’s the new Hitler in the eyes of Rhodes and her pals. Nice folks, aren’t they?