Double standard?

Effigies of Republican and Democrat candidates merit very different treatment

A University of Kentucky student and another man were arrested yesterday, accused of hanging a life-sized likeness of Barack Obama from a tree on the campus. The two men. ages 22 and 21 were being held at Fayette County Detention Center on charges of disorderly conduct related to the hanging of the effigy. They were also charged with burglary and theft at a fraternity house where police said the materials came from.

The men were each being held on $7,600 bond, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Meanwhile, a “bloody” effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, with a noose affixed around its neck, has finally been taken down from a West Hollywood home, after the homeowner discussed the situation with the city’s mayor. The homeowner referred to the display as a “decoration” which he said, “should be seen as art.”

The hanging mannequin was part of a larger Halloween display that included an effigy of John McCain coming out of the chimney engulfed in fake flames. The display has drawn national attention and a visit from the Secret Service, which decided there was no threat.

Although local politicians and city officials called the images offensive and urged their removal,
no charges were filed, according to Los Angeles CBS 2.

So one guy chats it up with the mayor and the other two are cooling their heels in the can with a load of charges hanging over their heads? That’s the best indicator of today’s political climate.

6 Responses to Double standard?

  1. MacBeth says:

    But of course there’s a double standard. Democrats are not for equal treatment. They never have been, never will be.

  2. RA says:

    The notion that there is a double standard is upsetting – and I am sure that charge is generally pretty accurate.

    However, here we’re comparing two possible lawbreakers who are charged with “disorderly conduct… burglary and theft” versus an idiot who is guilty of extremely poor judgment, but who at least apparently used legally obtained materials on private property. To misquote a popular Chinese expression, “laws are laws.”

  3. SherriAZ says:

    The guy in West Hollywood deserves to have some major “pranks” played on his house tonight- hope someone comes up with a few doozies. This guy is the type who will deserve what B.O, delivers over the next 4 years if he gets in.

  4. Jana Simmons says:

    Sure, RA, minor differences in the two cases exist. And the offences occurred in different political “subdivisions.”

    The bottom line is that in both instances there were effigies of presidential and /or VP candidates, depicted deplorably – and handled very differently. If you think there is not a double standard, you’re not paying attention.

  5. RA says:

    Jana, the principal reason why the two cases were handled very differently is because in the U of Kentucky case, the offenders broke laws to do what they did. They were not charged with questionable higher penalty “hate speech” laws – they were charged with property crimes. They were charged with the burglary and theft of the materials they used – and that’s the reason why the two cases are not comparable. IF they had obtained the materials legally, and IF they had erected their effigy on (their own) private property, THEN we could see whether there was any disparity in treatment reflecting liberal bias. But as it stands, this is a comparison between an apple and an orange.

    Sure, I believe there’s ample evidence proving the existence of a double standard that favors the expression of liberal opinions – but I think these two cases are poor examples to use to demonstrate its existence, unless you want to compare the amount and content of press coverage that is devoted to the two incidents.

  6. RA says:

    From the Lexington Herald-Leader, October 31 2008:

    “Joe Fischer, 22, a UK senior and a former football team walk-on, and a friend, Hunter Bush, 21, of Lexington were charged Thursday with burglary in the second degree, a felony; and theft by unlawful taking and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. The disorderly conduct charge was made for the hanging of the effigy.

    “Material used to make the effigy, including clothes, was stolen from a fraternity house, and it was through the fraternity that they were able to track down Fischer and Bush, Monroe said.

    “Both Fischer and Bush gave statements to University of Kentucky Police detectives admitting responsibility, according to Fayette District Court records. Between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Bush and Fischer entered the Farmhouse Fraternity at 420 Hilltop Avenue. Inside, they took a black sports jacket and khaki pants. From a shed on the property, Fischer also took an 8-foot ladder, according to court records. Statements provided by residents of the fraternity house also placed Fischer at the scene, according to a criminal complaint.

    “Then, the two hung the doll resembling Obama 25 feet in the air with a noose. It was hung from a tree over a walkway, creating a hazardous condition, resulting in the disorderly conduct charge.

    “Neither Fischer nor Bush was a member of the fraternity, Monroe said. ”