The Political Cartoon “Apology”

Last week, I addressed a recent political cartoon that appeared in the NY Post which many people (with too much time on their hands – possibly due to the rising unemployment rates), took a great deal of offense to.

Today, the NY Post released a public online “apology”to try and quell the ridiculous outcry and protests that have occured in the last few days.

While the appology is carefully worded and doesn’t really appologize for the cartoon itself, the release of any statement regarding this blown out of proportion issue is more than should have been released.

An excerpt from the NY Post’s public statement:

[The cartoon] was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.

Period.

But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.

This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.

However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.

To them, no apology is due.

Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.

So basically, the post is apologizing that there are stupid, ignorant, overly sensitive people in this country that seek to make big deals out of nothing.  Ok… we all knew that already.  Then they say that they support their cartoon and the message it portrays, as well as taking the time to inform said stupid, ignorant, overly sensitive people as to exactly what the cartoon really means and depicts… again, not necessary (as anyone who actually reads political cartoons likely understood the true meaning anyways).

So basically, the NY Post appologized to all the idiots in the country; who have no common sense, are too over sensitive to ever be happy/productive members of American society, and who likely don’t even read the Post in the first place.

Why is this necessary?  Why does the media have to satiate the ignorant masses when they don’t understand something?

The Post should have stuck to it’s guns even more than it did, and said something to the tune of:

You didn’t understand the cartoon.  That’s your fault not ours.  

To you protesters: You should be more focused on getting (or keeping) a job… workers are a crucial part of the health of our economy and country as a whole, and you wasting your time ignorantly protesting our news publication is doing nothing to benefit yourself or these great United States in the coming times of nearly unprecedented hardship.

Simple.  To the point.  No apologies.  No backing down from freedom of expression or speech.

This country’s ultimate undoing will be political correctness.  It’s sickening.  Some of our most sacred rights are in jeopardy everyday because of the push to be “sensitive” or “politically correct.”

September 11, 2001

I have no idea how or when everyone in our country became so damn sensitive, but it really will be our downfall.  The world is not sensitive.  The agents of terrorism who destroyed 2 of our national monuments and crippled our greatest structure of military prowess were not sensitive.  We will constantly be under attack from outside as well as within as long as we’re second guessing everything we do and/or say.  Politicians are no longer men and women of action, but double talkers… saying what people want to hear, and not ever telling them what they NEED to hear.

We are in dire straights for more than one reason here people… So I implore you to stop and think… think about what you want from your life, and what you want for your descendants.  Remember the great tragedies that our country has suffered because of our country’s isolationism and our people’s self-absorption in meaningless things like political cartoons.  If you want a country that is as free as our forefathers intended, then be willing to fight for it… while avoiding sweating the stupid, little things that really don’t matter.

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