Pull my finger

It’s easy to sympathize, I suppose, because if I were ever left unsupervised in the White House the shocking photos would be me urinating on the portrait of LBJ wrenched from the wall and hurled to the floor.  So in that respect a couple of Obama supporters invited to the White House in commemoration of gay pride month photographed flipping off a portrait of Reagan isn’t all that disrespectful.  Of course, I figure that’s why slobs like me don’t get invited to the White House and left unsupervised.

Geez, I thought Reagan was a good Republican.  One that wouldn’t even be nominated for President by today’s extremist, TEA-bagging, racist Republican Party.  There’s just no pleasing some people.  Naturally, the White House has issued a rebuke.

Photographer Zoe Strauss and Matty Hart, national director for public engagement at the group Solutions for Progress, had posted the images of themselves to Facebook.

Hart, under his, wrote simply: “F— Reagan.”

He later posted a link on his Facebook page to the Philadelphia Magazine piece about their gesture.

Neither Strauss nor Hart have responded to FoxNews.com for comment.

Hart, though, defended his gesture in the Philadelphia Magazine article. “Ronald Reagan has blood on his hands,” he said. “The man was in the White House as AIDS exploded.”

If there’s one thing that Barack Obama has taught us it’s that a president cannot be held responsible for any misery that occurs while in the Oval Office.  Forty some-odd months of 8%+ unemployment?  Not Obama’s fault.  Increasing the national debt more in three-and-a-half years than his free-spending predecessor did in eight?   Not Obama’s fault.  Squandering the first two years of his presidency on a less-than-worthless payoff to supporters packaged as stimulus and an unpopular, burdensome health care bill that, God willing, gets rejected by the SCOTUS?  Not Obama’s fault.

Yes, I’m glibly overlooking the fact an AIDS-infected Ronald Reagan spent his entire presidency crisscrossing the United States pitching promiscuous, unprotected butt sex at other men.

Seriously though, if Reagan has blood on his hands for failing to treat AIDS with a proper degree of alarmism mustn’t Obama accept blame for the putrid state of our economy today?  The man was in the White House as debt exploded.

Where might a person get the impression that Reagan’s lack of action equates to blood on his hands?  Matty Hart, national director for public engagement at the group Solutions for Progress.  Solutions for Progress.  I knew this was going to be rich because if I were cooking up an Onion-type goof post it’s a mathematical certainty my random liberal organization name generator would have spit out “Solutions for Progress”.

An organization like no other.
Changing reality on the ground
by using policy research
and technology to fight poverty;
assisting people to obtain supports in an easy
and dignified manner and governments to deliver
services more effectively.

So it’s a foundation committed to helping people suckle at the government teat with ease and dignity.  Good on them for helping people, I guess.  A lot people probably need help navigating the system to obtain maximum individual benefit.  Not surprising that the director of public engagement at Solutions for Progress would equate lack of government action with blood on one’s hands.

To wit, the war on drugs directly contributes to the spread of AIDS.  Junkies can’t get clean rigs and end up sharing.  Junkie isn’t a glamorous life but should junkies die of AIDS because drug warriors don’t believe heroin is an acceptable way to alter one’s consciousness?  I bet most junkies would happily use clean (or their own) rigs if they were freely available.

Then on the flip side the government is supposed to hand out free rubbers in the gay community where they don’t really want to use them.  Forcing dirty needles into the scabby arms of junkies and condoms onto the engorged dongs of gay men.  Your tax dollars in action.

So flip away Matty.  Maybe Reagan didn’t do enough on AIDS.  Who knows what he knew and when he knew it.  He was still light years better than Jimmy Carter.  I was there, man.  Can you imagine what another four years of Jimmy Carter would have been like?  Pretty much like things are today.  I wonder if Matty will be wearing that same smirk when voters give President Obama the finger in November.

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