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January 17, 2013 11:50 AM The Red Tyrant

By Ed Kilgore

I don’t want to create the impression that right-wing radio host Alex Jones is a credible figure. But his contributions to the latest, weird anti-Obama campaign focused on the presence of children during the president’s gun violence press conference is simply iconic.

In a post yesterday Jones depicted images of “Other Tyrants Who Have Used Children As Props.” There’s Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Kim Il-Sung, Castro, and for dessert, the somewhat more debatable “tyrant” Hugo Chavez.

Now I’d be shocked if there is a single President of the United States since the advent of modern photography who has not at some point posed with children at policy and/or political events (Google Image Search “George W. Bush posing with children” and you’ll see what I mean). After all, the convention of politicians kissing babies didn’t come out of nowhere.

But if Jones wants to reinforce his argument, he should forget about politicians and focus on that notorious character who has deluded many millions of Americans to allow their children to pose with him, all to promote a secular-socialist agenda of redistribution of wealth and toys from hard-working citizens to their unproductive parasitical kids (barred, I might add, from pulling their weight by communistic, un-American child labor laws).

Yes, it’s the Red Tyrant himself, Santa Claus, that Jones should be most concerned about. But I guess he’s got nearly a year to gin up a campaign on that outrage.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • JeffInOhio on January 17, 2013 12:00 PM:

    Obama is left handed JUST LIKE HITLER!!!

  • John Sully on January 17, 2013 12:04 PM:

    Indeed. If you watch "Triumph of the Will" you will witness film of Hitler (or should that be HITLER!!!!) kissing babies.

  • Josef K on January 17, 2013 12:13 PM:

    I donít want to create the impression that right-wing radio host Alex Jones is a credible figure.

    Anyone who can be described using words nine through 12 (ignoring the hyphen) from the sentence above ensure they will never be troubled by such things as "creditability".

    Also keep in mind where Bush43 was at the time of the 9/11 attacks. That's right: sitting with children!!!

  • c u n d gulag on January 17, 2013 12:20 PM:

    And don't forget that deviant pedophile, The Easter Bunny!

    He hides eggs, and then the children have to lean over, exposing their sweet butt-meat to him, while they search.

    True, Santa's worse, 'cause he manipulates them into putting their sweet butt-cheeks on his lap.

    And then there's the redistributionist Tooth Fairy!

    Who loses teeth more, rich children who can afford top-notch dental care, or poor children?

    For the rich kids, the Dentist keeps the tooth, so how's that "Tooth Fairy" (hmm... note to self: next time, include homosexual agenda in TF discussions) gonna find a tooth under the child's pillow?

    The poor kids have Grandma tie a string from the loose tooth to the doorknob, and then slam the door shut (my Grandma actually did this to me - more than once!).

    So, the poor children get more money!
    SoocialFasciCommunism!!!

  • g on January 17, 2013 12:22 PM:

    It's particularly bizarre that the right wing has fastened on this line of argument because this is a response to an incident that ACTUALLY CONCERNS CHILDREN.

  • K on January 17, 2013 12:42 PM:

    Since you brought up AJ, my wife's relatives are sympathetic to the whole 'doomsday preppers' business, she bugs me why I'm not more worried so I happened to notice this article.

    http://www.infowars.com/50-shocking-questions-that-you-should-ask-to-anyone-that-is-not-a-prepper-yet/

    Casually reading through, I'd say most of the questions have pretty simple answers other than the implied 'we're heading toward doomsday'. The answer to #1 is people who are in this subculture buying silver coins for Christmas - I have two!

    Question #7 was really weird - 20 children were massacred by a gunman in a school shortly after some other mass shootings, and there's some question why Obama acted 'now'?

    Anyways, please shine more light on this movement in general.

  • Ron Byers on January 17, 2013 1:01 PM:

    K

    There have always been doomsday preppers. The movement is very strong among Christians. Many Mormans have been quietly prepping for more than 150 years. How else do you describe the behavior of the Amish. It has been argued that the entire monastic movement starting around the time of the fall of Rome and continues up to today was partly a response to a doomsday prepper impulse. Of course, the earliest followers of Christ constantly prepared for the end times.

    One of these days the human race will face a problem that will be insurmountable (probably a fast moving virus or maybe a rock will fall from the sky), and the doomsday prepper crowd will say I told you so. Then they will promptly die with the rest of us.

    The human race won't be safe as long as we are confined to one rock. Tell your wife's family that doomesday prepping isn't going to keep you safe.

  • Ron Byers on January 17, 2013 1:03 PM:

    K

    There have always been doomsday preppers. The movement is very strong among Christians. Many Mormans have been quietly prepping for more than 150 years. How else do you describe the behavior of the Amish. It has been argued that the entire monastic movement starting around the time of the fall of Rome and continues up to today was partly a response to a doomsday prepper impulse. Of course, the earliest followers of Christ constantly prepared for the end times.

    One of these days the human race will face a problem that will be insurmountable (probably a fast moving virus or maybe a rock will fall from the sky), and the doomsday prepper crowd will say I told you so. Then they will promptly die with the rest of us.

    The human race won't be safe as long as we are confined to one rock. Tell your wife's family that doomesday prepping probably isn't going to keep you safe, but if it makes them feel better and they aren't hurting anybody, it is a free country.

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  • Larry Harris on January 17, 2013 1:24 PM:

    And let's not forget, were the other "tyrants" listed (other than Chavez) democratically elected, in Obama's case twice, and convincingly?

  • Anonymous on January 17, 2013 2:48 PM:

    "Let's get Santa Clause 'cause;
    Santa Clause has a red suit
    He's a communist
    And a beard, and long hair
    Must be a pacifist
    What's in the pipe that he's smoking?"

    From Arlo Guthrie's "The Pause of Mr.Claus"


  • boatboy_srq on January 17, 2013 3:34 PM:

    @CUND:

    Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the rest of that whole horde of otherwise-pagan-characters-mired-in-modern-Xtian-culture are proof positive of the queerification of Xtianity by those evil, wicked Druids/pagans/Hindus/Buddhists/Zoroastrians . NB: for RCs, add Protestants to the list of villains; for Protestants, add Catholics; for Orthodox, add all of the above; for AoG, add any confessing Xtian not in their own little parish; etc etc.

    ---------------------------------------------------------

    Children are one thing. Posing with servicepeople, on the flight deck of a warship, in a uniform only (marginally) appropriate for the CinC (and clearly not personally earned) - now there's a far better example. And we know every Democrat President has done this - wait, what? Oh....


    redistribution of wealth and toys - WIN.

  • Helen Bedd on January 17, 2013 5:26 PM:

    Here's my fave politician with child photo [and caption] ever from paul krassner's the realist [fair warning: bad taste straight a-head]

    http://jackbrummet.blogspot.com/2011/03/photograph-of-ronald-reagan-in.html

  • John Sully on January 17, 2013 8:28 PM:

    Helen,

    When I was a kid my stepfather had a fairly complete collection of "The Realist". That was a great magazine, we need something like it today...

  • james on January 17, 2013 9:04 PM:

    @Helen. Is that George Romney standing to Mr. Reagan's right? Looks vaguely like him. The woman between Mr. Reagan the and clapping man looks very much like Mrs. Romney. Where's a research intern when you need one!?

  • Helen Bedd on January 18, 2013 9:12 AM:

    @John...Somehow I had this issue of The Realist...when I was a 60's suburban teenager...don't ask me how.

    @james...Sure looks like the Romneys...here's another picture from that era for comparison

    http://images.politico.com/global/2012/08/george_mitt_romney_11_605.jpg

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