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Blame it on the fags

My thoughts?

This cartoon is an insult to all Americans. It suggests that the average voter is too stupid to worry about war, job losses, huge federal deficits and other bona fide threats to our country.

The cartoon is particularly insulting to queer people. It suggests that we should go back into the closet. Unfortunately, there will never be a "polite" time to introduce queers and queer issues.

When she visited UCSC a few years ago, journalist Helen Zia talked about the dangers of being "too fucking nice". This remark had to do with the stereotypical image of Asian-Americans, but Helen has tackled numerous social justice issues and is herself a lesbian. For queers, the equivalent of being "too fucking nice" is being completely invisible.

Finally, the cartoon suggests that we fags should be blamed in the event of a Democratic loss. Compare Jerry Fallwell, who said of the September 11th terrorist attacks,

"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.'"

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