Lame: Local Dem politician demands end to Obama satire in Tennessee

posted at 3:20 pm on August 4, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I guess Joe Armstrong must have found this satirical box of Obama Disappoint-Mints objectionable under the “personal offense” clause of the First Amendment.  You know, the one in which Republicans get scolded and silenced for their violent rhetoric while Democrats call them “terrorists” and “jihadis” with “suicide vests” (via Instapundit):

Breath mints packaged in a tin can poking fun at President Barack Obama have been pulled from the shelves at the University of Tennessee bookstore after local legislator Joe Armstrong told store officials he was offended by the mints.

Armstrong, D-Knoxville, said he got a call from a student who had seen the satirical mints in the bookstore and was bothered by the depiction of the president.

The tin can reads: “This is change? Disappointmints.”

Armstrong followed up Tuesday with a visit to the bookstore, located in the basement of the University Center, where he talked to director David Kent.

“I explained to him that I felt those mints were politically specific products that had no educational value,” Armstrong said.

“If it was a book or something of that nature, fine, but that’s sort of a discretionary product they have there. It wasn’t viewpoint neutral. It was very specifically insulting to the president.”

Had this been a private citizen complaining to a private-sector business owner, there would be nothing wrong with it.  In the private sector, customers complaints require attention if a business owner wants to keep his business open for very long.  Even a boycott is a perfectly rational private-sector response to a private-sector issue, even if most boycotts are demonstrations of impotence and usually misguided.

However, that’s a far cry from a legislator telling a state facility to take something off the shelves because it offends his partisan leanings.  Armstrong apparently didn’t have any problem when the same bookstore sold mints skewering George W. Bush a few years ago; at the very least, no one demanded an end to that satire. In fact, The Anchoress has a picture of those mints, which went a great deal further than “disappointment” in its satire:

 

The Anchoress quotes Instapundit and adds a few thoughts of her own:

Reynolds also points out at his site that these very Obama mints are sold by The Nation.

Methinks the Democrats had better buck up and try to develop a sense of humor — at least enough of one to let satire slide — otherwise there is no way they’ll have the fortitude to endure the sort of genuine rage, earned distrust and outright mockery they’re going to be encountering out there on the campaign trail, this time.

And the mockery…oh, the mockery is going to sting.

For the record, although Joe Armstrong could not handle a little tin of disappointmints, I think Barack Obama would take the things in stride. After all, if Jesus can handle it, why shouldn’t Obama?

Be sure to check out the Messiah Mints at The Anchoress’ post, as well as one last jibe at Obama’s first-class — well, I’ll send you there for the punchline.

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I am experiencing DisgruntleMint.

Mason on August 4, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Love this internet and the way the two sides are presented. No wonder the government wants to control it. Good show.

mixplix on August 4, 2011 at 6:20 PM

How about more Jim DeMints?

Left Coast Right Mind on August 4, 2011 at 6:25 PM

How about more Jim DeMints?

Left Coast Right Mind on August 4, 2011 at 6:25 PM

I was waiting to see who would do that first.

Yahtzee!!!

hillbillyjim on August 4, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Please pass the dethrone-mints.

Kenosha Kid on August 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM

More proof that liberals are deminted.

trigon on August 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Joe, you’re full of excremints.

Barnestormer on August 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM

You can buy them right from the source (with better shipping costs than the previous link), but they are on backorder.

Ssharon on August 4, 2011 at 7:11 PM

hillbillyjim on August 4, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Happy to oblige. Who had 3 hours 5 minutes on the office pool?

Left Coast Right Mind on August 4, 2011 at 7:24 PM

If you look in the dictionary under, “Dishes it out but can’t take it”, is a picture of Liberal America.

Whaaa!!!!

Whaaa!!

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Sniff sniff.

FCBs

hawkdriver on August 4, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Armstrong is one of those guys who’s always looking for some reason to be offended, and likes to throw his weight around as a state legislator like he’s some big deal.

Shame on the bookstore for pulling it. They should have told him to suck on it. The mint, I mean . . .

Adjoran on August 4, 2011 at 9:49 PM

OBAMINTS ! !

Melts in your mouth and not in your hand!

amend2 on August 4, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Obamamints….no matter how hard you try ya just can’t get that taste out of your mouth?

coldwarrior on August 4, 2011 at 10:08 PM

a legislator telling a state facility to take something off the shelves because it offends his partisan leanings

Democrats want to control every aspect of your life.

TN Mom on August 4, 2011 at 10:21 PM

If I were a Democrat (God forbid) I wouldn’t want to see anything going around that was going to make the President more of a joke than he’s making himself. The more this president becomes a joke, the more the people who vote for his policies capable of losing next time around.

It’s coming.

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on August 4, 2011 at 10:38 PM

What’s sad is that the bookstore — undoubtedly a privately run affair — pulled the mints.

I’m wondering whether the university added a wee bit of pressure.

unclesmrgol on August 5, 2011 at 12:02 AM

He has no judgemint.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Another in a long list of incidents that reek of Democratic hypocrisy.

GarandFan on August 5, 2011 at 12:34 AM

The first thing I look for in a breath mint is educational value.

Every time.

98ZJUSMC on August 5, 2011 at 1:56 AM

Democrats – the ‘D’ is for demagoguery, deception, and dictatorship. I’m getting sick and tired of this totalitarian behavior from elected officials.

zoyclem on August 5, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Another in a long list of incidents that reek of Democratic hypocrisy.

GarandFan on August 5, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Democrats can no more be hypocritical than blacks can be racist.

SKYFOX on August 5, 2011 at 7:04 AM

Joe Armstrong seems to have mintal problems.

ZK on August 5, 2011 at 8:03 AM

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