I was seriously disturbed to read loathsome LaPierre’s speech yesterday at CPAC. LaPierre comes across as a raving lunatic, but what I found upsetting is how divisive, inflammatory and, well, really not helpful such talk is in these tense times.
However, it was good to hear pushback on the insane idea of arming teachers in schools. The cost and the reality of such a plan (if police showed up in an active shooter situation, and multiple people are brandishing weapons, would the police know who the assailant was in time to avoid shooting a teacher, for example? And what if one or more of the armed teachers was a person of color?) makes that it a non-starter in my books.
So it was good to hear that Ted Cruz lightened up the atmosphere:
Only daughter Lisa from the long-running series “The Simpsons” is a Democrat, Cruz insisted. “I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and Republicans are happily the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge,” Cruz said at the CPAC gathering in National Harbor, Maryland.
Lisa Simpson is clearly the smartest person in the Simpson household, so I’m not sure what Cruz was trying to achieve by wrapping her up and handing her to Democrats like that.
Lisa wins the presidency in one episode from the future and has to deal with a budget crisis left behind by Donald Trump.
Needless to say, there was a response from the show:
“Simpsons” screenwriter and producer Al Jean immediately hit back at Cruz, saying the senator needs baby Maggie’s pacifier. He quipped that even cranky billionaire character Charles Montgomery Burns might be ready to switch to the Democrats. (Maggie accidentally shoots Burns with his own gun in an episode.)
Uh oh, meme city right there!
Cruz made the comment during an interview with Ben Domenech, founder of The Federalist, who compared the gun control debate to a “Simpsons” episode. In “The Cartridge Family” doofus patriarch Homer waves around a handgun and tell his 10-year-old son, Bart, that he can use it to scare a security guard after he cleans up his room. Lisa complains that the right to bear arms is a relic of Revolutionary War days.
So many things wrong with this:
1) Maggie = No way
2) Bart = Libertarian
3) Marge = Well known fan of Jimmy Carter and John Anderson
4) Homer = He may be Republican because the joke with Homer, as everyone knows, is that he is poorly-informed and reactionary in the extreme https://t.co/jdspX4b7gq
— 🇺🇸Bill Oakley🇺🇸 (@thatbilloakley) February 22, 2018
“Bart = Libertarian”, hahaha.
Ted Cruz: Dems are the party of Lisa Simpson
Lisa is the only intelligent character in the family. So R the dumb characters Republican?
— Don't Leave Blank (@WTFisGoingOnDon) February 22, 2018
Did Cruz just officially turn himself into a laughingstock?
The entire point of the Simpsons is that Homer is a walking example of what not to do and Lisa is the voice of reason. Ted Cruz is the least self-aware organism on the planet. pic.twitter.com/giiuUz8sOK
— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) February 22, 2018
I think he may have!