This is where I piss a lot of people off…

First off, let me state for the record that I am a Liberal – specifically a Democratic Socialist and a supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders. Don’t believe me? Look at the poster on Katie’s wall in frame one of last week’s comic. She’ll probably be wearing a “Feel The Bern” shirt next week, in fact.

I have, and will continue, to call attention to Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street ties, and express disappointment in Human Rights Campaign for cutting their own throat by endorsing her. But if I have to (and I don’t think I will), I’ll vote for her in the general election.

That being said, I need to have a heart-to-heart with my fellow Liberals…

This morning, as I was spending time on FaceBook when I should have been inking the third frame of next Friday’s comic, I came across this meme:

PalinCarson

Funny? Of course it is. We get to make fun of Sarah Palin and Ben Carson all at once. Both of these individuals are fair game; their public statements are ludicrous, and their political/moral beliefs are dangerous. Even in my capacity as a part-time preacher, it’s a struggle to remind myself that they have any redeeming qualities whatsoever.

Aquarius May

Are we on the same page so far?

Here’s the problem with that Palin/Carson meme…

Number one, what good does it really do to mock Palin’s intelligence? It’s ableist, sexist, and it accomplishes nothing toward discussing the issues at hand. Describing her as a victim of a brain injury or cognitive illness doesn’t address the real problems with Palin’s statements about her son and her support of Trump.

What it does do is reinforce stereotypes, and give not-so-tacit approval to those who think it’s funny to mock the differently-abled.  It’s easier to call Sarah Palin an ableist term like “idiot” or “moron” than it is to blame her wild statements and disconnected thought processes on a truly twisted worldview, a lust for celebrity and power, and an addiction to authoritarianism. This makes her dangerous to America.

Number two, making fun of Ben Carson’s abilities as a physician is a dead-end street. He was, by all accounts, a brilliant neurosurgeon. The problem with Carson lies in his political positions and his stated beliefs.

No, I don’t care that he’s a Seventh-Day Adventist; I know some very fine SDAs, even some who are working very hard to accept LGBTQI persons as beloved of God. I know, that’s preacher-talk, but it’s a big deal in the Evangelical world.

What I do care about is that Carson has decided that science and history are bad, that his flights of fancy are divine inspiration, that people who don’t think and believe the same way he does are less than human. This makes him dangerous to America.

Let’s move past this schoolyard crap, and address the real problems the GOP poses to the rights and freedoms of all Americans. There isn’t a member of the GOP Clown Car that has anything positive in store for women, non-whites, LGBTQI persons, the poor or homeless, or anyone who isn’t a white, straight, cisgendered, male billionaire. That’s a fact.

Let’s hold their feet to the fire. Let’s push back against their fascism, racism, sexism, ableism, homo- and transphobia. Fight their ideas, war against their words. Make them rise to our level, rather than lowering ourselves to theirs.

Now, back to drawing!