How the time flies! It's time to focus the Spotlight of Shame on
The Left Cheek Ass Clown for June, 2016
and the winner is ...
Senator David Perdue
Senator Purdue, a Republican, is the junior Senator from Georgia. On June 10th, in an address to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s "Road to Majority" conference, Senator Purdue offered a prayer for President Obama based on verse 8 of the biblical Psalm 109: "Let his days be few and let another take his office." The Senator probably thought that was a good tongue-in-cheek slap at the President, and one that would appeal to the conservative religious right*, but he neglected to note that it was one verse out of a longer sequence ... Verses 7-15**:
7: When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
8: Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9: Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10: Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11: Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
12: Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
13: Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
14: Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15: Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
While I doubt that Senator Perdue actually wants the First Lady to be a widow, intemperate speech such as this is inappropriate for an elected official. In a statement issued after criticism of his remarks erupted, the Senator's office said,
“(Senator Purdue) in no way wishes harm to our president and everyone in the room understood that.” The statement went on to accuse the media of “pushing a narrative to create controversy.”
It seems to me that Senator Purdue did a fine job of creating the controversy himself.
For his insensitive and inappropriate use of a threatening biblical verse in reference to the President - a verse which he either didn't understand or ... worse ... understood all too well - Senator David Perdue is named our Left Cheek Ass Clown for June, 2016. Lemme hear you say hallelujah!
Have a good day. Come back tomorrow for Cartoon Saturday, in which we will not threaten anyone.
More thoughts then.
* It should be noted that this verse is used so often in conservative circles that it has become known as "The Obama Prayer," which doesn't make it any less offensive.
** In the King James Version of the Bible.