Thursday, February 02, 2006

Political Cartoonery

The media is abuzz with stories and commentaries about the furor in Europe over the publication of Danish political cartoons lampooning Islamic terrorism. The stories about the stories change the intent from the expression of political opinion to the consequences of expressing political opinion.

Meanwhile, back in the States, the media is abuzz about yet another consequence of expressing political opinion, after two women — Cindy Sheehan and the wife of Congressman — were both ejected from the audience of the State of the Union address because they were wearing T-shirts expressing opinions about the war. The two women's opinions canceled each other out, as one had an anti-war message, and the other had a pro-administration message.

But the Capitol Police were left with egg on their face for engaging in a practice that deflated the President's lofty call for spreading democracy around the world.

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