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Armed with Green Lantern oath, Democrat takes aim at ‘right-wing loons’

Alan Grayson

Although plenty of politicians have run for office on the Green Party ticket, Florida Democrat Alan Grayson may be the first to endorse the Green Lantern platform.

In an email sent today to supporters, the former Congressman attempts to draw a connection between the lukewarm reviews for Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern movie, the famous exchange between Hal Jordan and an African-American man from Green Lantern #76 and … the erosion of middle-class America.

Wait, there’s more: Grayson, who lost his 8th District seat last year to Republican Daniel Webster, recasts the classic scene so that he’s the African-American man, and “right-wing loons” are Hal Jordan.

Read the email after the break, and stick around for the Green Lantern oath.

Dear XXXX:

The movie Green Lantern opened on Friday, to mixed reviews.  Maybe the reviews would have been better if the movie had included this powerful exchange, from Green Lantern #76:

African-American Man: I’ve been readin’ about you . . . How you work for the blue skins . . . and how on a planet someplace you helped out the orange skins . . . and you done considerable for the purple skins! Only there’s skins you never bother with – the black skins!  I want to know . . . how come?!  Answer me that, Mr. Green Lantern!

Green Lantern: I  . . . can’t . . . .

http://www.bluecorncomics.com/pics/gl76a.jpg

I may never have the chance to talk to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or any of the other Masters of the Universe who led and misled our country for eight long years.  Nor may I ever have the chance to speak to Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, or any of the other savage right-wing loons who want to finish the job that Bush et al. started.  But if I could, I might say:

Me: I’ve been readin’ about you . . . How you work for multinational corporations like Big Oil. . . .  And how you say you built all those roads and schools and bridges in some country in Asia.   And in some other country in the Middle East someplace you got rid of some dictator.  Only there’s one country you never bother with – America!  I want to know . . . how come?!  Answer me that, Mr. Flag-Waiving Patriot!

Them: I  . . . can’t . . . .

Well, I can answer that.  For a generation now, we have seen the heartless, callous erosion and destruction of all the things that make you a member of the middle class in America:

A job.

A home.

A car.

The chance to see a doctor when you are sick.

A pension or retirement account.

Social Security and Medicare.

And we’ve seen them replaced by endless war, falling home values, no pensions, lower wages, and now what Karl Marx called a “reserve army of the unemployed” – to keep wages down forever.

Even after only two years in office, as one out of 435 in the House, I can point to a lot of things that I did to preserve, protect and expand the middle class in America, and to help those of us who were falling through the cracks.

I look at our so-called leaders on the other side of the aisle, and I see nothing like that.  Only a perverse delight in eliminating programs that help my fellow Americans in need.  They’ll lead us, all right – they’ll lead us straight to ruin.

The next time you see one of them — at a town hall meeting, in their plush offices, or just on the street – ask them this:  “What have you done to help the people?  Answer me that!”

If they’re honest, they’ll say what Green Lantern said:  “I can’t.”

Courage,

Alan Grayson

In brightest day,
In blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power: Green Lantern’s Light.

(hat tip, Russ Burlingame)

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13 Comments

Simon DelMonte

June 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I had no idea Daniel Webster was still alive. No wonder Grayson lost.

You would think that a man named Grayson would invoke his cousin from Gotham, though.

Isn’t he the Congressman who claimed to have “guts” but got all offended and tried to shut down a website that called him “nuts?”

He has more in common withe Bozo the Clown then the Green Lantern Corps.

Even worse than a political blowhard (who lost and should politely go away) is a political blowhard using a comic longbox as his pulpit.

The guy’s reimagining of the GL speech to modern politicians is just……well, crazy. Almost like he’s Parallax lol see what I did there vote for me!

I actually like Grayson a lot and wish he was still in Congress, but this is ridiculously stupid.

I like how he pulled Masters of the Universe in there.
Too bad he didn’t drop a Skeletor reference on someone.

Actually this story first appeared here, http://graphicpolicy.com/2011/06/20/former-congressman-alan-grayson-sends-out-an-email-about-green-lantern-race-and-politics/

Should attribute it to that in addition to the h/t

I like the “Mr. Flag-waiving Patriot” part. (If only because blatant typos from those who should know better annoy / amuse me.)

This guy is a clown and he’s looking to get some publicity because his district got fed up with his antics.

Jackson J Edge

June 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Grayson is dope. I was too lazy to read this post because I was to busy counting my free money from the government. No thanks for posting it.

Jackson J Edge

June 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

*too. Damn, I can ruin a joke with the best of them.

*Sigh* Why does it have to be a square who uses comic book references for political purposes instead of a regular guy?

What he stated may have contributed to the problems we face today, but he neglected to observe how it’s also partly the fault of citizens themselves. When Obama was elected, the floodgates were busted wide open with uneducated, ill-tempered people with a half-nation knowledge instead of a whole-nation knowledge. Most of them BARELY understand what really goes on in our type of politics. And the fact that the one person who embodies this, Sarah Palin herself, has the gall to try and bring that partial closed-mindedness to the Presidency (which I’m not saying she’ll) win, makes it even more depressing. Drop out, Sarah, and let a REAL woman try for the office.

If our leaders really want to salvage their whole situations, why don’t they just come out and say how they do in fact live up to the stereotypes people come up with about all the political spectrums. And then resign. “The truth will set you free.”

Awesome. Lovely. He’s quoting Denny O’Neil AND Karl Marx. Bonus: he’s STILL ranting about George W. F’n Bush.

Grayson may just be the living embodiment of the democratic party.

This is the guy who lost his seat because he edited video of his opponent so that it sounded like he was making sexist comments. He also called his opponent “Taliban Dan,” based on the falsified remarks that his commercial showed.

He was called out by major news shows, most specifically Anderson Cooper, for being an out and out liar and making such an incredibly offensive and deceptive ad.

This is pretty much par for the course with Grayson. He has a reputation for being a scumbag and it is good that he is no longer in office.

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