KGNC-FM radio in Amarillo asks for comment on whether a man who portrayed an “imprisoned” individual believed to be President Obama went over the line at the Tri-State Fair parade through the city’s downtown district.
I believe I’ll provide my answer here.
Yes, he crossed several lines. One of them was civility. Another was good taste. Another dealt with respect for the high office of president of the United States.
The individual reportedly was dressed in black. He was “contained” behind bars. There was a guy with a “Make America Great” banner standing on the wagon carrying the Obama-like “prisoner.”
Hmmm. Political? Do you think?
I consider it a disgraceful slight to the office of the presidency. It suggested that the current president needs to be locked up. For what, I don’t know.
You know the cliché about “time and place for everything.”
This kind of overt politicization need not occur in a parade meant to honor a community event, the Tri-State Fair.
What’s more, it need not disrespect the presidency of the United States of America.
Free speech? Political expression? It’s all protected by the U.S. Constitution.
The folks who run the Tri-State Fair, though, ought to set some standards for the kind of exhibits it allows to roll through public streets.
This one was disgraceful.