Only if you may be a conservative, it appears.
As we all know, an effigy of Barack Obama was found hanging from a tree at George Fox University recently.
Effigies in Political Expression have been used since America was founded. Our Founders wrapped an effigy of King George in a Union Jack and burned it in the late 1700’s. Effigies of President Bush have been hung, paraded across country and even burned, not only in America, but also around the world.
An effigy of an American soldier was set on fire in Portland during an anti-war protest in March 2007 as well as an American Flag was set on fire as a protester defecated on it. This was written off as “rudeness” by the media.
While effigies can be offensive, it seems no one really cared until this one appeared of B HO. Automatically, it is labeled “racist” because Obamessiah is half African and officials from George Fox University immediately issued an apology to the B HO campaign.
No one has ever issued an apology to President Bush for all the denigration and effigies of him. That I recall no one has ever apologized for such an expression of Free Political Speech before, not even for burning the soldier in effigy in the Portland protest, even though protesters accompanied the effigy with the vile chant, “Build a bonfire, Build a bonfire, Put the soldiers on the top. Put the fascists in the middle, and, we'll burn the f**king lot.”
University officials called in the Newberg Police in “investigate” the effigy and it was reported to the Secret Service. The FBI has been called in too. Newberg Police Sgt. Tim Weaver admitted it wasn’t clear that any crime was committed early on.
Lt. Jeff Kosmicki of the Newberg Police said no state law was broken.
Brad Berry, Yamhill County district attorney said, “This behavior is reprehensible, but not all offensive behavior is criminal.” He also said the effigy seemed not to pose a direct threat and may fall within protected free speech rights.
Secret Service agent Ron Wampole said, “We are continuing to investigate but I don’t think it’s going to go any further. There certainly wasn’t any crime committed, I don’t believe.”
FBI spokesperson Beth Anne Steeled said the FBI is “looking into possible civil rights violations.”
Four students have confessed to hanging the effigy and are under “long-term suspension” and must perform “community service” as their penance, according to University officials. Yet, all say no crime was committed.
The leap is made that because of “America’s racist history,” when Blacks were lynched, as well as some whites, this effigy equates to those lynchings’ because B HO is half-African. Race is once again injected to stifle opposition to B HO.
The effigy contained a note labeling B HO as an “Act 6 reject.” Act 6 is a scholarship to benefit minorities and lower income students. Hence, the further leap of it was directed at the minority students studying at George Fox.
I see the outrage as manufactured, manipulating and another effort at stifling free expression, when directed against a liberal. There has never been this sort of outcry and investigations initiated if the effigy was President Bush, President Reagan or any other Republican.
In fact, according to University officials, “few people saw the effigy or were aware of it,” and the custodian that discovered it early in the morning took it down. Yet, massive attention has now been focused on it as authorities were notified and of course, Obama supporters spread it across the Internet.
They have turned a minor act of Political Expression in opposition to the Obamessiah into a racist act, as Democrats have been doing since they threw Hillary under the bus and chose B HO.
Will similar outrage be shown when the next effigy of Bush, McCain, Sarah Palin or any Republican be discovered?
Don’t bank on it. After all, they have “Free Political Expression.”
Apparently, Republicans do not.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Posted by Lew Waters at 8:05 PM