By now, many of you have seen the above picture and are familiar with the incident. The fact that this incident was not publicized and did not get noticed for almost a year until someone listened to the commentary on the DVD of Game of Thrones just goes to show how unimportant the head in question is; however, let us be honest about something, while wrong, it is hardly bad.
What concerns me about this whole incident is something exemplified here:
The head of the Brooklyn Republican Party called the grisly cameo “disgraceful” and said he would feel the same way if it was President Obama’s head.
“Whether you like him or dislike him, whether you’re of the same political persuasion or not, we still have to respect the office of the presidency and all of those who hold that presidency,” said GOP chief Craig Eaton, who has never seen the show.
“Americans of all political persuasions should stand up and demand that things like this should not continue. They should boycott watching this particular show,” Eaton told London’s Daily Mail.
“It doesn’t matter what their intent is. They didn’t intend it to be political, but now that it is, they should remove it.”
Where was Eaton when Terry Jones was hanging President Barack Obama in effigy? There are hundreds of incidents where clearly violent and defamatory depictions of President Obama have been put up, and yet, the Republicans say nary a word about them. In fact, many Republican politicians seem to be willing to encourage those depictions or at least play to them, as evidenced by the depictions of the President back during the protests over the Affordable Care Act.
This incident is actually endemic of the situation within the nation’s political structure now. Republicans have become more and more willing to engage in bullying tactics or in selective defenses. For instance, Mitt Romney’s tour bus has been showing up at Obama rallies to just drive in circles honking at Obama supporters. Not only is this a bullying technique, but an ineffective one. They also attack Democrats for things that they are responsible for.
Tucker Carlson and Neil Munro, both of The Daily Caller, also exemplify this lack of respect from the core, professional Republican Party. Munro interrupted President Barack Obama’s speech about the new immigration rules, and Carlson, his boss at The Daily Caller, defended this blatant disrespect not only for President Obama, but the office of the Presidency.
The anger and animosity between the parties is growing, though. The Democrats are having a harder and harder time distancing themselves from the hatred on their side because their own people are getting frustrated with the overly polite responses to the GOP hate machine.
It is time for the Republicans to realize that there are other paths to power than through hatred. The problem is, they will not. They are too desperate to gain power that they are far, far too willing to ignore the damage that they are doing to the nation, the people, and the political process.
In many ways, they are like Jamie and Cersei Lannister trying to control their arrogant and dangerous son who wants to, literally, watch the world burn.