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Mike Lester On Recent Editorial Cartoons About Sandra Fluke
posted March 14, 2012
First, I know Gary McCoy probably about as well as you. He's a friendly acquaintance and any suggestion (not saying you've made one but there is some inference) there was some collusion between us is impossible. I've been a consistent critic of Presidents and politicians a long time before this President. I don't draw sinking Titanic's, mice jumping ship, Pinocchio, roller coasters, teary-eyed statues or eagles or positive cartoons (those are called "greeting cards" -aisle 6) or many of the countless shop worn metaphors. That's a problem for a lot of people. My job is to ask readers to think and question their take on issues in an economy of words and images. Nothing more.
As for the Sandra Fluke cartoon, the FACT that a 30 yr. old school girl (laughable) had the courage to stand up in public and demand that someone else pay for her sex life at not just a Catholic school but a Jesuit one doesn't pass the smell test. To suggest she was chosen out of the school cafeteria lunch line and not a carefully groomed plant to advance an HHS Obama administration mandate enacted just a few short days earlier is -I'm repeating, laughable.
Somehow I doubt the framers intended us to be the first nation to compel private employers to fully fund the sex lives of their employees. As I write this, we are the brokest nation in history so the idea that the American sex life requires a state welfare program leads me to conclude...we're (f-word).
The President brokered the deal and then called Ms. Fluke to offer support in her transaction w/ the American taxpayer. That's the definition of the worlds oldest business arrangement. What racism has to do w/ it is someone else's pre-conceived prejudice. I just apply accurate metaphors when I see them. (for the record, I've drawn Clinton, Bush, Penn State as pimps in the past. Haven't heard a peep.)
Thanks for your time.