Refugee March

Let’s Insult Ted Cruz


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In many ways, editorial cartooning is an art in disrespect. I like that. There’s plenty of people out there begging for it.
Pundits today said presidents should never be snarky. Thankfully, they weren’t talking about political cartoonists.
Obama is overseas right now but the job goes where the president goes and he criticized the right wing rhetoric freaking out over refugees. He mentioned how in addition to being afraid of debate moderators, now Republicans are afraid of widows and orphans. You don’t really man up by whining about the president insulting you. Well that’s exactly what United States Senator Ted Cruz did. He cried like a baby, or like someone stole his copy of Mein Kampf.
School yard bully Ted Cruz responded that it’s OK for the president to insult him, but he needs to do it to his face. Yeah, it’s kinda hard to look tough and manly after screaming you’re scared of widows, orphans, liberal debate moderators, sun light, garlic, mirrors, stakes through the heart, etc. That ship has sailed.
He challenged the president to a debate and said it can be held anywhere preferably on U.S. soil, and in a mausoleum where you can keep your blood cold, as that’s where the senator is most comfortable.
Two things about Ted Cruz you should keep in mind when he talks: 1. He’s an idiot. 2. anything he or anyone says while running for president is pandering to their base. Ted Cruz’s base is one of racists. 3. He’s really creepy. OK. Three things to keep in mind.
Ted, the president isn’t going to debate you. That would be just the boost your campaign needs. It would legitimize you and despite being a United States senator, you’re not legitimate. Your views are regressive and opposite of the direction the country is going in. Also, the president didn’t call you out by name. He saw Beetlejuice.
The president is justified to criticize these freaks while he’s out of the country. America’s right wing is embarrassing us to the world so why not insult them before an international audience? President Obama was in The Philippines when he made his comments, not Turkey as Cruz stated. This guy is almost as bad with maps and geography as Ben Carson. But lucky for Cruz, his father was better with maps when he left Cuba and found the U.S. (after finding Canada) where he sought political asylum. I guess that irony ship has sailed too.
Do you feel insulted when someone calls you out for your bigotry, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, sexism, and just downright being a horrible, disgusting, and vulgar waste of humanity? Then maybe you should stop. Stop creating legislation banning Syrians. Stop saying we should only accept Christians. Stop suggesting we should round up all refugees. Don’t kick them out of your state like the governor of Indiana did today (they were redirected from Indiana to Connecticut, where the governor is not a troglodyte, which is kind of a win for them). Don’t threaten to shut down mosques as Donald Trump suggested. Do not use the internment of Japanese civilians in World War II as a great and positive example, as the mayor of Roanoke, VA (my state) did today. Don’t use human suffering as a campaign prop, as the prostitute-loving senator from Louisiana is doing. Don’t say the president hates America because he’s black like Ben Stein did today (giving Ferris Beuller another reason to skip that class, Racism 101). You know what? Just stop saying the president doesn’t love America. George W. Bush brought this country to its knees, not because he hates it. He did it because he’s a moron who wanted to make war profiteers even richer.
Despite everything France has been through this past week, their president has vowed to take in more refugees. There are still good people out there, despite all the racists on Facebook giving the impression otherwise.
Sometimes the truth hurts. Senator Cruz, you’re xenophobic. And yes, You do look like a bigoted Grandpa Munster.
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Don’t Have To Live Like A Refugee


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What was your first reflex upon seeing the refugee child dead on the beach? Did you read the story? Did you research more? Did you look away because it was too horrible to view? I looked away. Of course the image kept showing up all day, and it still does. It’s a hard image to view.

I was truly heartbroken at the image. His name was Aylan Kurdi and he was from Syria. I read about his family and his five-year-old brother who also drowned. I’ve read about the other migrants fleeing civil war in Syria and ISIS. All for the right to live.

We are a self-absorbed society. Social media models are built upon it. What a genius idea to sell people themselves. But while we’re posting pictures of our own faces and our cats, people are walking thousands of miles just to survive. Oil rich countries in the Middle East aren’t helping. Most of the nations they’re walking through don’t want to help. We’re not helping.

I’m just as bad. I posted stupid comments yesterday about a terrible movie. I post pictures of my Beagle. I get into pointless political debates on Facebook. I’ll do all that again. But not tomorrow.

I have a challenge for myself and I’m asking you to join me. For one day do not post anything about yourself on social media. When you feel an urge to post a selfie, cat picture, vacation to Hooterville, that incredible taco you made or that mimosa you’re about to down, or whine about how something isn’t going your way, don’t.

Instead read a story about this crisis. Post a story on it. Post an opinion about it. Share this with your friends. Suggest a solution. I feel there’s not much more I can do. But I can do this.

I’m doing it for Aylan.