Placed strategically in one of New York's busiest squares, the leftist radicals' banners and speeches could be seen and heard from far and wide. That might not be enough to gain converts, but quite sufficient to plant the seeds of distrust and uncertainty about the American system in the minds of innocent bystanders.
Likewise, by inserting our mockery right into the heart of leftist activism, we most certainly provoked people to re-examine their own received opinions and to start questioning the righteousness of leftist causes. And it definitely was a morale boost to those already on our side.
Jason called our showings "Revolutions," and we documented them with pictures and captions on our website:
Despite the uneven playing field, Communists For Kerry turned out funnier, more effective, and with a larger following. Our task was also more challenging: we mocked liberal snobs while surrounded by them. The snobs were not amused. Some of the "intellectually superior" elitists, however, were gullible enough to take us at face value. They approached our table to cheer us up and shake our hands. Upon hearing our foreign accents, they welcomed us as some sort of Red Dawn-style "liberators." Mission accomplished.
At one point, two DNC workers stopped by to thank us for our support of John Kerry. They thought we were totally cool and left with the conviction that both communism and Kerry were good for "the people." Says Jason:
They were quite happy to see us. I told them we needed to make sure all people stand together to defeat the imperialist Bush regime. The young lady said to me: "That's so great, it's nice to see so many diverse groups out here today supporting our candidate." I then asked them if we could take a picture for our scrapbook and they gladly participated.
Our number on Union Square also grew: during the last "revolution" our group consisted of at least thirty men and women. They were a diverse bunch of individuals of different ages, incomes, races, immigration status, and sexual preferences. What united them was the satisfaction of mocking leftist radicals by impersonating them. Not all were in character. There was, for example, one gay singer with an in-your-face handwritten sign on his shirt that read, "Fags for Bush."
We didn't limit ourselves to Union Square. When the Dan Rather controversy broke out, we staged a "takeover" of the CBS headquarters in Manhattan, establishing the "freedom zone" and posting a sign that read, "You are leaving the American sector."
At another time we staged an absurdly grotesque protest at the Fox News street-side studio on Sixth Avenue.
The high point of our theatrics was the infiltration of the large anti-Bush demonstration and protest rally during the Republican National Convention in New York on August 29, 2004. Dressed in ridiculous costumes and carrying Communists For Kerry signs, a dozen of us walked through a thousands-strong leftist crowd, from 37th Street along Seventh Ave and past Madison Square Garden.
Jason led the way. A former Marine dressed up as Che Guevara with a big cigar, a megaphone, and a deadpan look on his face, he heralded hilariously absurd slogans: We must end the two Americas! First North, then South! And then we will all move to France! (See full report here - and pay attention to the puzzled looks of the leftist protesters around us.)
Working the crowd in Che costume was not all Jason did. There probably would be no Communists For Kerry if it weren't for Jason's planning and organizing. I mostly did the web-related work: graphics, writing, photographs, and web formatting. Others had their duties too, yet Jason was the leader. He was the kind of leader anyone would want to have as a boss: open, funny, generous, determined, and easy to work with.
We celebrated Bush's victory together. Then we moved on, but remained friends. The Communists For Kerry website was turned into the "Museum of Failed Revolution." I started a sequel site named after the all red Rubik's cube we used to show in Union Square - ThePeoplesCube.com.
Jason and I stayed in touch for a few more months until he moved back to his Florida hometown. His wife Stephanie was expecting a baby, and Jason said that conservative Florida was a better place for raising children than New York. Who could argue with that?
This month, Bryan called me with the news: Jason is running for Congress in Florida. A few days later, Gene emailed me a link to a Tampa Bay Online article that described Jason as a former Protest Warrior, comparing his masquerade to the one that happened in 1773 in Boston, when some locals got dressed up as Mohawk Indians and staged the original Tea Party. I loved that analogy.*
But, according to the same great column by Tom Jackson, local Republican leaders are not happy with Jason's past. Said the head of the Hernando County GOP, Blaise Ingoglia:
Jason Sager claims this was supposed to be satirical (but) I can't see how dressing up as a communist revolutionary, who murdered hundreds of people, is funny in any way, shape or form.
If only the GOP leaders had as much scorn for actual leftists as they have for conservative activists, we wouldn't be worrying today about the country going to the dogs. What would their liberal opponents do in a similar situation? To know the answer, take a quick look at the evening lineup on Comedy Central. Or visualize Al Franken.
The liberal establishment eventually rewarded Billionaires For Bush with their own Broadway show, which was lavishly advertised if poorly attended. What did Communists For Kerry get besides moral satisfaction and great memories? Snobbish scorn.
Back to Tampa Bay Online: the alarm/spin seems to be that if Sager prevailed in his primary showdown with his moderate Republican opponent, Democrats would reap a political windfall by wallpapering the district with the now-famous photo of Sager in Che costume, needlessly converting a solid Republican district into a competitive race.
Well, writing this account of Jason's story is one way to make sure that doesn't happen. But most importantly, doesn't it sound a little bit elitist to suggest that their constituents can't tell Che from Shinola? That the "commoners" won't be able to figure out what's really going on? Come to think of it, it does sound elitist.
I'd even say it sounds a lot like "liberal ruling class" elitist.
I have only this to say to the GOP establishment: show us that you yourselves can stand up to frenzied leftist radicals while massively outnumbered, expose their absurdities, challenge their icons, unflinchingly defend the Constitution and stay cool while doing so, without apologizing or surrendering your moral high ground because you are confident in the moral superiority of your cause.
If you had that in you, you wouldn't be in the minority right now, would you? You wouldn't continue on a path of shameful compromises, which makes you an accessory to the destruction of the U.S. Constitution and the American way of life by leftist demagogues.
If anyone can stand his ground like a Spartan against the charging hordes of Washington radicals, it's Jason Sager.
As for Billionaires For Bush, they have remodeled themselves as "Billionaires for Wealthcare" and are now using the same agitprop clichés to dehumanize opponents of ObamaCare. I stumbled upon them last September in Washington, D.C., on the outskirts of the 9-12 Tea Party rally. They stood over a ditch, dressed in tuxedos and evening dresses, playing for the cameras and using the Tea Party "commoners" as a backdrop. They always do what they know best. How hard can it be, really, for elitist snobs to pretend being elitist snobs?
* Not to impugn Tom Jackson's informative and insightful article, I must clarify one thing for the record. It is true that some of us were members of Protest Warriors, and this is how we met. Yet Communists For Kerry was an independent operation, equipped and financed out of our own pockets. Like everyone else, Jason contributed to it a few hundred dollars from his family budget, which he never recovered.
Quote:Jason Sager claims this was supposed to be satirical (but) I can't see how dressing up as a communist revolutionary, who murdered hundreds of people, is funny in any way, shape or form.
Quote:Snobbish scorn. which should be worn as a badge of honor. Congratulation on a job well done by all. You make me very proud that we still have true Americans, will to do the hard, dirty work the rest of us can't or won't do.
Khruelchev(El Presidente –Just a note –Che’ did not actually kill/maim/slaughter people, just bourgeoisie!)
LeninkaIs that a party approved car? It looks too Rethuglican.
Quote:Oh that's right. Das Kapital is a made prog's Playboy.
Recovering CapitalistI'm very confused. I've been trying to stop making profit. But I read this article and temporarily relapsed into thoughts of private property, personal motivation etc. I even went so far as to donate to Mr. Sager.
Quote:Oh that's right. Das Kapital is a made prog's Playboy.
Quote:CD 5: Hernando County Sheriff Rich Nugent defeated conservative activist Jason Sager in the Republican primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite. With more than 84,000 votes counted, Nugent pulled 62 percent. He should be a favorite against Democrat Jim Piccillo in November.
|Cradle to Grave Marxist||25||5978|
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests
Rubiks & Rubik’s Cube ® used by special individual permission of Seven Town Ltd.
Ethicists agree: two wrongs do make a right so long as Bush did it first
The aftermath of the 'War on Women 2014' finds a new 'Lost Generation' of broken and disillusioned Democrat politicians, unable to cope with life out of office
White House: Republican takeover of the Senate is a clear mandate from the American people for President Obama to rule by executive orders
Nurse Kaci Hickox angrily tells reporters that she won't change her clocks for daylight savings time
Democratic Party leaders in panic after recent poll shows most Democratic voters think 'midterm' is when to end pregnancy
Desperate Democratic candidates plead with Obama to stop backing them and instead support their GOP opponents
Ebola Czar issues five-year plan with mandatory quotas of Ebola infections per each state based on voting preferences
Study: crony capitalism is to the free market what the Westboro Baptist Church is to Christianity
Fun facts about world languages: the Left has more words for statism than the Eskimos have for snow
African countries to ban all flights from the United States because "Obama is so incompetent, it scares us"
Nobel Peace Prize controversy: Hillary not nominated despite having done even less than Obama to deserve it
Obama: 'Ebola is the JV of viruses'
BREAKING: Secret Service foils Secret Service plot to protect Obama
Revised 1st Amendment: buy one speech, get the second free
Sharpton calls on white NFL players to beat their women in the interests of racial fairness
President Obama appoints his weekly approval poll as new national security adviser
Obama wags pen and phone at Putin; Europe offers support with powerful pens and phones from NATO members
White House pledges to embarrass ISIS back to the Stone Age with a barrage of fearsome Twitter messages and fatally ironic Instagram photos
Obama to fight ISIS with new federal Terrorist Regulatory Agency
Harry Reid: "Sometimes I say the wong thing"
Elian Gonzalez wishes he had come to the U.S. on a bus from Central America like all the other kids
Obama visits US-Mexican border, calls for a two-state solution
"Hard Choices," a porno flick loosely based on Hillary Clinton's memoir and starring Hillary Hellfire as a drinking, whoring Secretary of State, wildly outsells the flabby, sagging original
Accusations of siding with the enemy leave Sgt. Bergdahl with only two options: pursue a doctorate at Berkley or become a Senator from Massachusetts
Jay Carney stuck in line behind Eric Shinseki to leave the White House; estimated wait time from 15 min to 6 weeks
100% of scientists agree that if man-made global warming were real, "the last people we'd want to help us is the Obama administration"
Jay Carney says he found out that Obama found out that he found out that Obama found out that he found out about the latest Obama administration scandal on the news
"Anarchy Now!" meeting turns into riot over points of order, bylaws, and whether or not 'kicking the #^@&*! ass' of the person trying to speak is or is not violence
Obama retaliates against Putin by prohibiting unionized federal employees from dating hot Russian girls online during work hours
Russian separatists in Ukraine riot over an offensive YouTube video showing the toppling of Lenin statues
Obamacare bolsters employment for professionals with skills to convert meth back into sudafed
Joe Biden to Russia: "We will bury you by turning more of Eastern Europe over to your control!"
In last-ditch effort to help Ukraine, Obama deploys Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Jackson's Rainbow Coalition to Crimea
Al Sharpton: "Not even Putin can withstand our signature chanting, 'racist, sexist, anti-gay, Russian army go away'!"
Mardi Gras in North Korea: "Throw me some food!"
Obama's foreign policy works: "War, invasion, and conquest are signs of weakness; we've got Putin right where we want him"
US offers military solution to Ukraine crisis: "We will only fight countries that have LGBT military"
Putin annexes Brighton Beach to protect ethnic Russians in Brooklyn, Obama appeals to UN and EU for help
The 1980s: "Mr. Obama, we're just calling to ask if you want our foreign policy back. The 1970s are right here with us, and they're wondering, too."
In a stunning act of defiance, Obama courageously unfriends Putin on Facebook
MSNBC: Obama secures alliance with Austro-Hungarian Empire against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine
Efforts to achieve moisture justice for California thwarted by unfair redistribution of snow in America
North Korean voters unanimous: "We are the 100%"
Leader of authoritarian gulag-site, The People's Cube, unanimously 're-elected' with 100% voter turnout
Super Bowl: Obama blames Fox News for Broncos' loss
Beverly Hills campaign heats up between Henry Waxman and Marianne Williamson over the widening income gap between millionaires and billionaires in their district
Biden to lower $10,000-a-plate Dinner For The Homeless to $5,000 so more homeless can attend
Kim becomes world leader, feeds uncle to dogs; Obama eats dogs, becomes world leader, America cries uncle
White House hires part-time schizophrenic Mandela sign interpreter to help sell Obamacare
Kim Jong Un executes own "crazy uncle" to keep him from ruining another family Christmas
OFA admits its advice for area activists to give Obamacare Talk at shooting ranges was a bad idea
President resolves Obamacare debacle with executive order declaring all Americans equally healthy
Obama to Iran: "If you like your nuclear program, you can keep your nuclear program"
Obama: "I'm not particularly ideological; I believe in a good pragmatic five-year plan"
Shocker: Obama had no knowledge he'd been reelected until he read about it in the local newspaper last week
NSA marks National Best Friend Day with official announcement: "Government is your best friend; we know you like no one else, we're always there, we're always willing to listen"
Al Qaeda cancels attack on USA citing launch of Obamacare as devastating enough
The President's latest talking point on Obamacare: "I didn't build that"
Carney: huge ObamaCare deductibles won't look as bad come hyperinflation
Washington Redskins drop 'Washington' from their name as offensive to most Americans
Poll: 83% of Americans favor cowboy diplomacy over rodeo clown diplomacy
Obama administration gets serious, threatens Syria with ObamaCare
Obama authorizes the use of Vice President Joe Biden's double-barrel shotgun to fire a couple of blasts at Syria
Sharpton: "British royals should have named baby 'Trayvon.' By choosing 'George' they sided with white Hispanic racist Zimmerman"
Nancy Pelosi extends abortion rights to the birds and the bees
Hubble discovers planetary drift to the left
Obama: 'If I had a daughter-in-law, she would look like Rachael Jeantel'
FISA court rubberstamps statement denying its portrayal as government's rubber stamp
Every time ObamaCare gets delayed, a Julia somewhere dies
GOP to Schumer: 'Force full implementation of ObamaCare before 2014 or Dems will never win another election'
Janet Napolitano: TSA findings reveal that since none of the hijackers were babies, elderly, or Tea Partiers, 9/11 was not an act of terrorism
News Flash: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) can see Canada from South Dakota
Drudge Report reduces font to fit all White House scandals onto one page
Obama: the IRS is a constitutional right, just like the Second Amendment
Jay Carney to critics: 'Pinocchio never said anything inconsistent'
Obama: If I had a gay son, he'd look like Jason Collins
IRS targeting pro-gay-marriage LGBT groups leads to gayest tax revolt in U.S. history
Boston: Obama Administration to reclassify marathon bombing as 'sportsplace violence'
Study: Success has many fathers but failure becomes a government program
Michelle Obama praises weekend rampage by Chicago teens as good way to burn calories and stay healthy
This Passover, Obama urges his subjects to paint lamb's blood above doors in order to avoid the Sequester
White House to American children: Sequester causes layoffs among hens that lay Easter eggs; union-wage Easter Bunnies to be replaced by Mexican Chupacabras
Time Mag names Hugo Chavez world's sexiest corpse
Boy, 8, pretends banana is gun, makes daring escape from school
Study: Free lunches overpriced, lack nutrition
Joe Salazar defends the right of women to be raped in gun-free environment: 'rapists and rapees should work together to prevent gun violence for the common good'
Dept. of Health and Human Services eliminates rape by reclassifying assailants as 'undocumented sex partners'
Deeming football too violent, Obama moves to introduce Super Drone Sundays instead
Japan offers to extend nuclear umbrella to cover U.S. should America suffer devastating attack on its own defense spending
Feminists organize one billion women to protest male oppression with one billion lap dances
Urban community protests Mayor Bloomberg's ban on extra-large pop singers owning assault weapons
Concerned with mounting death toll, Taliban offers to send peacekeeping advisers to Chicago
Karl Rove puts an end to Tea Party with new 'Republicans For Democrats' strategy aimed at losing elections
Answering public skepticism, President Obama authorizes unlimited drone attacks on all skeet targets throughout the country
Skeet Ulrich denies claims he had been shot by President but considers changing his name to 'Traps'
New York Times hacked by Chinese government, Paul Krugman's economic policies stolen
White House: when President shoots skeet, he donates the meat to food banks that feed the middle class
To prove he is serious, Obama eliminates armed guard protection for President, Vice-President, and their families; establishes Gun-Free Zones around them instead
State Dept to send 100,000 American college students to China as security for US debt obligations
Jay Carney: Al Qaeda is on the run, they're just running forward
Fearing the worst, Obama Administration outlaws the fan to prevent it from being hit by certain objects
World ends; S&P soars
Riddle of universe solved; answer not understood
Greece abandons Euro; accountants find Greece has no Euros anyway
Wheel finally reinvented; axles to be gradually reinvented in 3rd quarter of 2013
As Santa's workshop files for bankruptcy, Fed offers bailout in exchange for control of 'naughty and nice' list
Freak flying pig accident causes bacon to fly off shelves
Report: President Obama to visit the United States in the near future
Obama promises to create thousands more economically neutral jobs
Imam Rauf's peaceful solution: 'Move Ground Zero a few blocks away from the mosque and no one gets hurt'
Study: Obama's threat to burn tax money in Washington 'recruitment bonanza' for Tea Parties
Study: no Social Security reform will be needed if gov't raises retirement age to at least 814 years
Vice President Biden: criticizing Egypt is un-pharaoh
Israelis to Egyptian rioters: "don't damage the pyramids, we will not rebuild"
Lake Superior renamed Lake Inferior in spirit of tolerance and inclusiveness
Michael Moore: As long as there is anyone with money to shake down, this country is not broke
Obama's teleprompters unionize, demand collective bargaining rights
Obama calls new taxes 'spending reductions in tax code.' Elsewhere rapists tout 'consent reductions in sexual intercourse'
Obama's Regulation Reduction committee finds US Constitution to be expensive outdated framework inefficiently regulating federal gov't
Taking a page from the Reagan years, Obama announces new era of Perestroika and Glasnost
White House to impose Chimney tax on Santa Claus
Obama decrees the economy is not soaring as much as previously decreeed
Conservative think tank introduces children to capitalism with pop-up picture book "The Road to Smurfdom"
Obama refutes charges of him being unresponsive to people's suffering: "When you pray to God, do you always hear a response?"
Fluke to Congress: drill, baby, drill!
Planned Parenthood introduces Frequent Flucker reward card: 'Come again soon!'
Obama to tornado victims: 'We inherited this weather from the previous administration'
People's Cube gives itself Hero of Socialist Labor medal in recognition of continued expert advice provided to the Obama Administration helping to shape its foreign and domestic policies
Hamas: Israeli air defense unfair to 99% of our missiles, "only 1% allowed to reach Israel"
Voters Without Borders oppose Texas new voter ID law
Enraged by accusation that they are doing Obama's bidding, media leaders demand instructions from White House on how to respond
Official: China plans to land on Moon or at least on cheap knockoff thereof
Koran-Contra: Obama secretly arms Syrian rebels
Poll: Progressive slogan 'We should be more like Europe' most popular with members of American Nazi Party
May Day: Anarchists plan, schedule, synchronize, and execute a coordinated campaign against all of the above
Midwestern farmers hooked on new erotic novel "50 Shades of Hay"
Study: 99% of Liberals give the rest a bad name
Obama meets with Jewish leaders, proposes deeper circumcisions for the rich
Cancer once again fails to cure Venezuela of its "President for Life"
Tragic spelling error causes Muslim protesters to burn local boob-tube factory
White House: "Let them eat statistics"
Special Ops: if Benedict Arnold had a son, he would look like Barack Obama
It's Big Fur Hat
The Fine Report
Sad Hill News
Looking at the Left
Red Planet Cartoons
Death By 1000 Papercuts