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Saturday, July 19, 2014

 
Kooky extremist cartoon


by digby

No, I'm not talking about Sarah Palin again. It's this:
The creators of the YouTube series Conrad the Constitution complained to Infowars that their graphic depiction of President Obama being cowardly Second Amendmented in the back of the head ‘Abraham Lincoln style’ in a theater has earned them and their families visits from the Secret Service.

“I just wanted to let you guys know the Secret Service has been in contact with my family and is coming to interview me sometime soon about our latest episode. If I end up disappearing you’ll know why,” the ridiculous and paranoid e-mail read.

In the video, Conrad the Teabagging Constitution, Conrad steals Ron Paul’s time machine from his bunker and embarks on a mission to kill President Obama, who has shredded his future self. At the instruction of Ron Paul and his shredded self, Conrad travels back in time, sneaks up on the President, and shoots him in the back of the head.



I'm not surprised the Secret Service would investigate something like this. But the filmmakers see it as a repression of their free speech and a violation of the first amendment. (It's still up on Youtube so ... well, you know how hard it is for some people to understand what censorship really is.) The SS has an obligation to check these things out. People do sometimes get the wrong idea and when somebody seems to be saying that someone should kill the president for the good of the country it's probably a good idea if it gets checked out. It's certainly possible that one of the unhinged people who run around talking about their "2nd Amendment remedies" and "the blood of tyrants" all the time might be literal about it.

After I googled this silly story to get a sense of what this cartoon is I found that it's a series of episodes that are carried all over the internet on Tea party and libertarian web sites. It's a fascinating amalgam of right wing conspiracy theories, libertarian myth and conservative shibboleth. I think it may be the most accurate representation of the ideologically confused, hysterical right I've ever seen.

There are three "seasons" of this thing, more than any normal person could ever watch in a sitting. And perhaps the most hilarious thing about it is the fact that it bills itself this way:
Conrad the Constitution. Web series that follows Conrad, the living breathing U.S. Constitution.
I'm going to guess they're unaware that the concept of a "living" Constitution is the hallmark of liberal jurisprudence.


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