Originally posted at American Thinker blog
For those Million Worker Marchers now receiving their Barack Obama entitlements, marching for jobs is no longer necessary. But for the “million” black men who marched for “atonement, unity and brotherhood” in 1995 and the “million” moms who demonstrated for stricter gun laws, some stiff competition is heading their way.
In fact, when the curtain on a “puppet power” rally on Washington’s National Mall rises on November 3rd, it promises to stand head-and-shoulders above its predecessors, especially since legions of 8-foot Big Birds are expected to join the demonstration.
During the first Presidential Debate in Denver, the Republican presidential candidate submitted to America that subsidizing Big Bird with $445 million in federal budget disbursements that public television received in 2012 is not worth borrowing money from Communist China.
While Mitt Romney’s iconoclastic views were shocking, he did balance his statements by professing a personal affection for Big Bird. Romney then intimated to Jim Lehrer and Barack Obama that he would allow neither sentimentality nor a love of the Sesame Street theme song to stand in the way of ending government subsidies to a children’s program PBS has sponsored for close to half a century.
Meanwhile, on the night of the debate, as fate would have it, two 40-something Big Bird activists – one an animation executive from California and the other a student from Boise, Idaho – crossed paths in cyberspace. In response to Willard Romney’s blatant disrespect for educational television programming for children, the duo quickly teamed up like Bert and Ernie and established a website called “Million Muppet March” to voice opposition to Mitt Romney’s PBS-cutting proposals.
The men chose not to make the Muppet March what Michael Bellavia, president of the animation studio Animax Entertainment, called just “a virtual show of support.” The LA animation executive shared that “because it seemed like there was already a growing interest in it,” he and Chris Mecham, his Big Bird cohort from Boise, decided: Why not take the opportunity and make it an “active, participatory event?”
On his Facebook page, Chris Mecham identifies his political view as “social liberalism” and says he is a writer interested in healthcare policy and currently studying political science at Boise State University.
Chris shared that on the night of the debate, while Romney was “still talking [he] was thinking of ways [he] could express [his] frustration at [Romney's Big Bird] argument. Before the debates were over [Chris] had put up the Million Muppet March Facebook page.”
Mr. Bellavia and Mr. Mecham, who had a post on his Facebook profile page he later took down calling Romney a “c*&ksucker” [sic] – which in certain circles would definitely be considered an expression of love – both agree that the while the event may not draw in “a million Muppet-loving people,” the puppet-minded civic crusaders “hope to create … a ‘love fest’ featuring skits and musical performances with Muppets.”
Sorry people, but that scary scenario sounds a lot more like what goes on at a reefer-smoking Million Marijuana March. The only thing worse would be Abdullah the Puppet being designated to march side-by-side with Miss Piggy in the puppet parade.
Nevertheless, the organizers of the event do feel like the November 3rd rally may “get close to the biggest ever assemblage of puppets in one place…and probably the most ever puppets marching on Washington.” Not quite – let’s not forget Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, where an estimated 1.5 million puppets braved the frigid weather to attend that historic event.
Regardless of who does or doesn’t choose to show up on the National Mall, there’s still a few glaring contradictions at play here. For starters, why isn’t Chris ‘share the wealth’ Mecham equally frustrated over former Sesame Workshop 1% CEO Gary Knell receiving $988,456 in total compensation in 2010? Or new Sesame CEO H. Melvin Ming, who before stepping into the CEO role in Knell’s place was the second-highest compensated employee that same year?
Then there’s the absurdity of big-government liberal types like Bellavia and Mecham marching on Big Bird’s behalf, asking for continued funding for educational programming for the children who, on a different day, other liberal groups would be demanding government funding to abort.
Maybe someone should tell marchers Mike and Chris that if ever there was a reason to descend on Washington D.C, it’s to protest the Obama administration’s cover-up of what really happened in Benghazi to Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other murdered Americans on September 11th 2012, not to demand continued funding for Oscar the Grouch.
So there you have it – liberal zombies marching for Muppets, which is proving to be just an organized group of dummies marching for dummies.