Previously, I stated my opinion on the Obama clown at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia … and I purposely went a little overboard to generate reaction. It worked.
Now, let’s move to Round Two.
In this Round, I am defending the clown and anyone who was part of the event … not for the event, but because of the punishment and admonishments now being issued.
I’m sure you know the story: a clown dressed with an Obama mask stood in the middle of the bull ring, and the audience was asked if they would like to see President Obama run down by a bull. The majority of spectators went wild with the idea.
Of course, it was all a “joke” … and many of my readers pointed out the obvious: Democrats have said and done similar or worst things to Republican Presidents. I still think it was in bad taste and not at all classy, but now it is history.
Here comes the part that reflects the “hypocritical display” from the Democrats.
First, there’s pressure to fire Mark Ficken from his job as superintendent of the Boonville R-1 School district; he was an announcer for the rodeo and became president of the Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association hours before the event in the arena.
Ficken’s lawyer (St. Louis attorney Albert Watkins) says that his client had no advance knowledge of the Obama clown and certainly not part of the scripted show; Watkins also says the audio heard at the event came from the clown wearing a wireless microphone — not Ficken.
I love this statement from Watkins, “It is respectfully suggested that the media needs to cut the bull and get the facts straight.”
Tuffy Gessling says he was the rodeo clown and has been barred from performing at the fair; Gessling did post an apology on his Facebook page: I never ment (sic) to offend or hurt anyone’s feelings.
So, we have Ficken facing loss of his job for something he didn’t do, and we have Gessling already punished and apologizing.
Now, here come the sanctimonious Dems with all their fury.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill called the event “shameful” and “unacceptable”.
Congressman Lacy Clay of St. Louis, said he was “amazed that in 2013 such hatred, intolerance and disrespect towards the President of the United States could take place at the Missouri State Fair.”
Missouri Rep. Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis called the event “racist and degrading”.
Missouri Rep. Steve Webb of Florissant said he was “incensed” by the incident and said, “Sometimes apologies just won’t do”.
Some Republicans also denounced what happened, but I am focusing on the Democrats because they are so quick to attack in this case … call for somebody’s head … refuse to accept an apology … and yet —
Where the hell were these pious Dems when less than two weeks ago when fellow Democrat U.S. Congressman Charlie Rangle referred to The Tea Party as “… the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police” ?
Where were the Dems in condemning the recent painting depicting George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin in the back … when the autopsy says Martin was shot in the chest?
There’s a long, long list of instances where Dems turn their heads … not their backs … on other Dems making malicious statements or creating false facts.
(There are certainly cases where Republicans have done the same, and I am more than willing to take them to task.)
But dealing with this current issue: for Dems to give Rangel a “pass” because he is old and soon to be out of office … and to silently accept the lie in the Zimmerman painting —
and NOW to shake their fingers and condemn what happened at the rodeo …well, I’m reminded of what Benjamin Franklin said:
“Clean your finger before you point at my spots.”