The Red Tyrant

I don’t want to create the impression that right-wing radio host Alex Jones is a credible figure. But his contributions to the latest, weird anti-Obama campaign focused on the presence of children during the president’s gun violence press conference is simply iconic.

In a post yesterday Jones depicted images of “Other Tyrants Who Have Used Children As Props.” There’s Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Kim Il-Sung, Castro, and for dessert, the somewhat more debatable “tyrant” Hugo Chavez.

Now I’d be shocked if there is a single President of the United States since the advent of modern photography who has not at some point posed with children at policy and/or political events (Google Image Search “George W. Bush posing with children” and you’ll see what I mean). After all, the convention of politicians kissing babies didn’t come out of nowhere.

But if Jones wants to reinforce his argument, he should forget about politicians and focus on that notorious character who has deluded many millions of Americans to allow their children to pose with him, all to promote a secular-socialist agenda of redistribution of wealth and toys from hard-working citizens to their unproductive parasitical kids (barred, I might add, from pulling their weight by communistic, un-American child labor laws).

Yes, it’s the Red Tyrant himself, Santa Claus, that Jones should be most concerned about. But I guess he’s got nearly a year to gin up a campaign on that outrage.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.