By RazzaTazz 29 Comments
It should come as no great surprise to anyone that reads what I write that I tend towards the left side of the political spectrum. Being that as it may I tend to view things through that spectrum, and while I may occasionally try to convince someone the error of their ways I still respect people that have made the decision to subscribe to a particular ideology. That having been said a couple of years ago there was a mini incident when the Tea Party was depicted in not such a good light in Captain America #602
My impression of this issue is that it was pretty tame in its lambasting of the right. Although Falcon suggests at one point that they are racists, it mostly looks at the political movement in a fairly neutral light (there is of course a lot more controversy surrounding the incident among comic fans, mostly regarding what should be apologized for.)
I was thus a little surprised to run into a panel in Mister Terrific which seems a lot more direct in its vilification of the right. In my mind this is more blatant because the characters are saying things which I associate with the right. President Obama has been called a terrorist so many times in public forums that it would be practically impossible to count. I personally have been called a tree hugger more times than I know (though it is not the insult that people think it is.) The statement about credit cards is kind of silly and non sequitur, but underlying this all is Brainstorm with one of the catchphrases of the right "God Bless America." Of course that all the people are being controlled by a supervillain adds a bit more of a condemnation to their outlooks.
I personally do not take any offense to these remarks, but in the interest of partisanship some petty name calling or silly implications doesn't really get us far in solving real problems.