Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

08/04/2009 (3:09 pm)

Requires No Comment (Updated)

objVia Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ. Creepy, ain’t it?

Viguerie is among those who recommends use of Saul Alinsky’s tactics against the left, which has used those same tactics to demolish American liberty. I personally have a problem with doing this if it involves falsehood and character assassination. However, I don’t think this particular image misses the mark by much; in fact, I believe the true source of socialism is something a great deal more ominous than that which the image suggests.

UPDATE, 8/5: Ok, so it does need commentary.

I told somebody this morning, a little embarrassed, that this is the first time I’ve ever posted any truly offensive graphic image on my blog. That turns out to be untrue. I posted a montage of Bush/chimpanzee comparisons back in February, illustrating my response to the left’s outrage that a cartoonist might have represented the President as a chimp (he hadn’t, but that was beside the point.) What’s ironic here is that the Bush/chimp motif was so common during the Bush years that though I thought it was in extremely bad taste, it did not strike me as something too controversial to post on my rather mild blog.

It is so unusual for conservatives to treat a President in the manner that Obama/Joker treats this one, though, that I felt moved to post it just to stir the pot.

It turns out that the motif is not even original; Vanity Fair did a version of President Bush as Joker in July 2008, as recalled by The Smallest Minority yesterday. And Mark Hemingway at The Corner at the National Review reminds us of 8 years of anti-Bush art praised by the left, including dozens of instances of Bush as Hitler or the devil, and one of a lynched mannekin dressed as Sarah Palin. So, offensive as it is, Obama/Joker will stay here, if for no other reason than for leftists to feel just a small twinge of what they inflicted on the rest of us for the past 8 years.

Hat tip goes to walkercolt, who provided the link to Smallest Majority in the comments section, below.

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August 4, 2009 @ 5:16 pm #

Call me old fashioned, but unless we are at open war with our own President, I see no place or value in such cheap shot propaganda. We owe it to our country to work harder than that when it comes to serious disagreements with the highest office in the land. And Phil, you do work hard at it, so this is not a direct criticism of you. Indirect fire maybe. But not direct.

August 4, 2009 @ 6:46 pm #

We are at war. However, I don’t think we can use the same tactics as the left uses because we can’t win by fighting their war, if for no other reason than they would beat us with experience. As for character assassination, when it comes to Obama, is that even possible?

August 5, 2009 @ 10:27 am #

Actually, it does require comment.

Sure, go ahead and put one up that demonizes G.W.B., and they’ll say what great art it is, what a bold statement, what an “edgy” commentary on current politics; but put one up about Obama, and we get this sort of response:

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson is calling the depiction [of Obama as the Joker], politically mean spirited and dangerous.

Hutchinson is challenging the group or individual that put up the poster to have the courage and decency to publicly identify themselves.

“Depicting the president as demonic and a socialist goes beyond political spoofery,” says Hutchinson, “it is mean-spirited and dangerous.”

“We have issued a public challenge to the person or group that put up the poster to come forth and publicly tell why they have used this offensive depiction to ridicule President Obama.”

So where was this guy during 8 years of Bushitler?

http://smallestminority.blogspot.com has a post on August 4 that contrasts the depiction of Obama and Bush as the Joker (Bush in Vanity Fair!), with reactions from the left. The double standard is quite evident, but not surprising.

August 5, 2009 @ 11:23 am #


Thank you so much for your ‘required comment’! I thought you were talking hypothetically, . . . sheeesh, there really IS a picture of Bush depicted as the Joker! And the liberal crowd loves it!

I would now like to shift my earlier condemnation of “cheap shot propaganda” to the July 2008 Vanity Fair painting of Bush as a crazed Joker face.

The Obama/Joker face OTOH takes on the depth of a work of art as it mirrors the ugly face of modern left-wing politics.

August 5, 2009 @ 11:53 am #


Are you familiar with the Alinisky principles? or with Saul (sometimes spelled ‘Sol’) Alinsky?

Both Hillary Clinton and Obama studied them and followed his theories. It is the guidebook for the practices of the Democrats for the entire Bush years.

If you’re _not_ familiar with them, please research him/them and familiarize yourself with them. I agree with Dale that we are at war, and if you believe that the Consititution of the United States is what has made this nation great, then you need to become a participant and fight against the efforts to turn this country into the USSA. The fact that the infiltration of the 30s and 40s has resulted in the war being fought from within does not change the fact that it _is_ a war.

August 5, 2009 @ 1:18 pm #


You don’t appear very nuanced here. A nasty caricature of George Bush is acceptable because he was a wicked person who lied us into war, among other things. However, one of Obama is unacceptable because he is a good person, a liberal, who is doing all he can to unwind the mess created by Republicans over the past eight years. Any criticism of Obama by a conservative or non-liberal also has racist undertones by definition.

/sarc, as if you couldn’t tell.

August 5, 2009 @ 7:27 pm #

This image absolutely nails the issue and it works across generations.

I can’t wait to find affordable small posters of this and plaster the town.

August 5, 2009 @ 9:25 pm #

Thank you suek. At your urging I am going to read Alinsky’s 12 _Rules for Radicals_ so as to at least get familiar with them. Can’t say I’m ever going to embrace them, but I can at least be wise to them.

August 6, 2009 @ 12:50 am #

Images – smimages, very funny. The Bush one was funny too.

I think the smartest thing to do is laugh at each other.

oh, and stop the tyranny – if you know what one is…

August 6, 2009 @ 10:23 am #


the goal is not to adopt them, but to recognize them. Even when you acquaint yourself with them, even when it’s pointed out to you that they’re being used, you may have trouble seeing them. The problem, I think, is that they require a calculated intended deception on the part of the user. I think most of us don’t think that way. We tend to assume that what people say is what they actually think. If you really absorb the method and the intent and give it thought, you’ll learn how destructive it is…it destroys trust, which in turn destroys communication and the ability to work with the other side in good faith.

I found this when I as the beginning of the Iraq war, when I learned more about islam and taquiya. When a person – or a group of people – consider that there is no moral wrong to lying – or deceiving – and in fact, it’s a moral good to do so, you have to recognize that there is no way that you can trust as true anything they say. Nothing. That’s extraordinarily corrosive to any relationship. First, you find it hard to believe that they can consider it good to do what you know is morally wrong. When doing what is morally wrong is considered morally good, it turns everything up-side-down.

Keep on plugging away – the nation is at stake.

Truth is, this nation won’t return to what it was until we’re able to reclaim the country for the Judeo-Christian ethic. That’s what it’s all about.

August 6, 2009 @ 1:47 pm #


…it destroys trust, which in turn destroys communication and the ability to work with the other side in good faith.

Very well said, ma’am. I learned this back in the early 1990s. It’s the thing that upsets darkhorse so much, because he hasn’t come to see that’s what is going on yet. The truth is, once a group has chosen the Alinsky way, good-faith relationships are not possible. It goes against our training and our good nature to think something so negative about anybody consistently; that’s part of why Alinsky’s techniques work so well.

August 6, 2009 @ 9:50 pm #

If good faith relations with our political enemies is not possible, then what are we left with?

August 7, 2009 @ 5:57 am #

If good faith relations with our political enemies is not possible, then what are we left with?

They win and we have a leftist tyranny; or, we partition and have separate nations; or civil war. Those are the alternatives right now.

Thank you, Mr. Alinsky. And thank you, Mr. Marx. And thank you, all you damned Democratic idiots, who thought the Soviet model sounded so erudite and humane, when really all it did was make YOU sound intellectually superior in your own, vain, smug, narcissistic ears.

By the way, there’s a right-wing version of tyranny as well, and this is the real devil of the situation. If right-thinking conservatives do form their own nation, how will we go about preventing progressives from executing the same strategy on us there? It would be insanity to ignore the fact that they will make the attempt, and allow them to infiltrate social institutions they way they did America’s. One of the first exercises would have to be to re-examine the content of education, law, and entertainment, and root out all the artifacts of progressive “thought” (which resembles thought in the same manner that decaying food resembles food) from our institutions, and then we’d have to set up barriers to prevent them from re-asserting their corrupt ideas. How does that happen without frankly outlawing certain points of view?

The answer is, it does not. Unless the populace of a nation is morally sound enough to resist the siren song of narcissism, there is no way it can avoid what is happening to us now. There is no real solution that does not begin with the mercy of God, the Almighty, restoring righteousness to the soul of the average American. If that does not happen, the entire game is over, and we become Bosnia — poor, brutal, and irrelevant.

I suggest that you pray.

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