A new billboard comparing President Obama to the Colorado Batman gunman James Eagan Holmes has sparked intense debate about the limits of free speech and the necessity for political correctness in a time of national tragedy.
The billboard (see larger image below) is located on Franklin Blvd in Caldwell, Idado, and it equates the actions of crazed gunman James Eagan Holmes with the foreign policy of the United States under President Obama's watch. Under the header, "Making Statism Unpopular," the billboard shows an image of the Batman shooter with the text "Kills 12 in Move Theater With Assault Rifle ... Everyone Freaks Out," beside a photo of President Obama with the text "Kills Thousands With His Foreign Policy ... Wins Nobel Peace Prize." The implication here is that Holmes, who killed 12 people in a Colorado shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, has sparked national outcry, while the American people have been silent as President Obama has overseen U.S. foreign policy which kills people in far-away places like Afghanistan on a regular basis.
The group that sponsored the billboard is named The Ralph Smeed Foundation, and says it wants to use the billboard to draw attention to military men and women dying overseas.
But, the billboard has sparked public outcry, from liberals and conservatives alike. "It's way over the line, and I am not an Obama supporter," said one Idaho resident over Facebook. A spokesman for the Foundation said everyone is entitled to their opinion, but insists the group is fully within its right to post the billboard.
Weigh in: Do you think this billboard is appropriate and/or should be permitted to be displayed in Idaho? Does this cross a line of political correctness or free speech? Let me know in the comments section below.