Bozell & Graham Column: Leftist Artists Show Hate for Houston Victims

The nation’s eyes are fixated on dramatic flooding in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, where the death toll (so far) is thankfully small compared to flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The government response on all levels seems to be fairly effective, and unlike Katrina, the press coverage hasn't been dominated by accusations of racism or inhumanity in the rescue effort.

There’s one obvious exception: cartoonists for the Left. Politico tweeted out an image by radical artist Matt Wuerker, mocking Christian wackos in Confederate flag shirts. A man being rescued from his rooftop declared: “Angels! Sent by God!” A Coast Guard pilot was shown correcting him: “Er, actually Coast Guard...sent by the government.” 

After mocking the still-suffering victims of a hurricane as stupid religious folks, Wuerker tried to dig himself out of a hole on Twitter. “Just trying to point out times like this we're lucky to have rescue services. Don't see how this takes away from private individuals," he lamented. Then he added: "Respectfully -- it's making fun of the Secessionist movement. Not at all aimed at all Texans." Politico soon deleted their promotional tweet, but not the cartoon.

The last poll taken in 2016 (by Democrat pollsters) showed 59 percent of Texans opposed secession, and only 26 percent expressed support. Wuerker claimed his job is to prod people into considering “the ironies and subtleties of the world we live in,” but cartoons like this aren’t ironic or subtle. They’re ham-fisted and ignorant.

Wuerker also felt it was safe to mock conservatives: “Times like this it's ironic to say that the government is the enemy.” But it's not conservatives who have protested the front-line heroes of local government, but leftist street agitators who have endlessly denigrated the police as racist child-killers.

Then there’s the scabrous French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose latest cover shows a bunch of Nazi flags mostly underwater with a few white hands sticking out of the waves in Heil Hitler salutes. The cover text in French translated to: “God Exists! He Drowned All Neo Nazis of Texas!” The cartoon was drawn by Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, who in 2015 was wounded in the Islamic terror attack on their Paris offices in which a dozen were killed.

This is just another reason why decent, God-fearing Americans should have resisted the free-speech slogan/hashtag “I Am Charlie Hebdo.” These atheists have a right to their satire, but it overflows with vicious hatred and stereotyping. In 2012, it slammed Catholic protests of gay marriage with a cover where God the Father is sodomized by Jesus (complete with crown of thorns) and a triangle with an eye representing the Holy Spirit “brought up the rear” on Christ.

These cartoonists somehow assume that Texas is 100 percent Republican and/or “Neo Nazi.” Harris County, in which Houston serves as county seat, voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, 54 to 41 percent. Houston has a fairly large Jewish population (more than 45,000).  A 2010 racial breakdown from the U.S. Census Bureau shows only 50.5 percent are white, 43.8 percent are Hispanic (of any race), and 23.7 percent are black. The Houston area is represented in the House of Representatives by four Republicans and three Democrats (two of them black). 

But to liberal elites, all Texans are somehow bigoted white Christian males. Even a hurricane can't restrain their rage that their satirical targets have any power in America. Cartoons like these strongly underline why so many Americans find the secular-progressive media are either tone-deaf or blatantly hostile to what (and Who) they hold dear. 

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