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Flipping The Bird At Reagan And Rug Rats On The Bus. It’s All The Same.

Yesterday I wrote about the horrific story of Karen Huff Klein and the atrocious bullying she suffered at the hands of middle school rug rats. Since I wrote that story every conceivable news outlet and blog has talked about it, money has been raised (as if raising money for her, while admirable, is going to solve the problem). I thought to myself that the story would have a self life of twenty-four hours and everyone would move on.

That seems to be the case.


The progeny of those rug rats can be seen today. In the White House. In photographs.

Gay activists from Philadelphia posed for pictures while giving the middle finger to a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan during a recent trip to the White House, according to Philadelphia Magazine:

Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception….some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger
“It’s not a gesture that I would use in the White House when representing our city and our community,” opines Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal (center), who opted for a sarcastic thumbs-up pose in front of the portrait of George W. Bush over the more vulgar one demonstrated by his Reagan-loathing peers, Matthew “Matty” Hart (left), the national director of public engagement at Solutions for Progress, and self-taught photographer turned toast-of-the-town Zoe Strauss (right).
But his counterparts couldn’t seem to care less. Hart posted his photo on Facebook with the caption, “F–k Reagan.” [Zoe] Strauss simply posted hers without commentary. After all, the murderous facial expression and double-barreled bird-flipping seem to speak for themselves. Comments ranged from “you forgot to add with a chainsaw” on Hart’s “F–k Reagan” note, to my personal favorite, “star wars … up yours,” on Strauss’s.

This behavior is despicable. I don’t care if you’re gay, straight, or from Mars, you don’t behave this way in the White House. I have stood beneath the portraits of those Presidents, many of whom I vigorously disagree with with respect to their policies. But it never crossed my mind to give any of them the bird. Never. But let’s say for the sake of argument that I had thought to myself, eh, screw you, Jimmy Carter. I still wouldn’t have given his portrait the bird and I certainly wouldn’t have allowed my photograph to be taken doing so!

These buffoons are a glimpse into the future. Those rug rats on the bus that bullied the bus monitor will grow up to be these miscreants.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

And gay activists should condemn them.

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5 Responses to “Flipping The Bird At Reagan And Rug Rats On The Bus. It’s All The Same.”

  1. Michael,

    I see you condemn any sort of flipping off going on in formal settings like the white house. However, I’ve heard many of your shows that are quite enlightening, regarding how the left wants to suppress freedom of speech with something called Political Correctness, which is absolutely true and absurd of them. Being a hardcore Libertarian, I find it inspiring when you talk about freedom of expressing opinions. Therefore, it saddens me that you seem to find it unacceptable that these people would have a few moments on camera expressing their distaste for someone. I think that freedom goes both ways, and I’d love to hear your opinion. Thanks for taking the time.


    June 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm
    • Hey, Travis…thanks for listening and for reading. I never said they didn’t have the right to do it. What I said was that it was gauche, uncouth, inappropriate and disrespectful. Is it free speech? Yes. Is it good speech? No. There is a huge difference and it has nothing to do with free speech.

      June 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm
      • Travis Fox #

        That is a good point. There are many different ways to think about flipping the bird and in what circumstances it is good or bad. If this post was just a matter of behavior and how you and others feel about it in general, in that case, I’m not sure why it’s significant to your show. I’m more entertained by a political talk show that sticks to the political on-goings and things that are actually a matter of regulations vs. freedoms. I’m not complaining, as this story probably had some entertainment value for many people. I assumed that what you mentioned about the rug rats on the bus had something to do with actual bullying and physical harassment, and I don’t see how a vulgar expression compares to that. It seems that one is much worse than the other. I don’t see how they could be the same.

        June 23, 2012 at 10:37 am
  2. Travis Fox #

    Henceforth, I am not really expecting a reply, unless you would like to continue the conversation, as I assume you are busy. I always enjoy your show and it’s good, provocative quality to it.

    June 23, 2012 at 10:41 am
  3. Josh #

    Do you think Romney’s bullying target felt the same way when Romney held him down and gave him a hair cut as that poor lady felt? You say you respect strong character and moral courage yet you mindlessly support anyone with an R in front of their name.

    By the way is it a wonder that gay activists hate Reagan? This is a man who would not fund the fight against aids because he and his ilk thought that aids was the righteous judgement of God on the homosexual community aka the sodomites. You can revise history all you want, but there is no getting around the bigoted hatred that the vast majority of republicans felt towards, and openly expressed towards homosexuals at the start of the aids epidemic. Most republicans still hold those bigoted beliefs, thanks to political correctness their afraid to come out of the closet as the homophobic bigots that they are. In their mind its perfectly acceptable to treat a gay person the way that that poor lady was treated, often leading to suicide of the victim, because its what they deserve, because the homosexual breaks their moral code. Republicans need a lesson in empathy, hell we all need a lesson in empathy, and we do not need a bully as a president. No matter what party he is affiliated with.

    We need to make repeated intentional cruelty towards the weak a life altering crime. It should ruin the future of the perpetrator(‘s), and shame the families who raise the animals capable of engaging in it.

    June 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm