It has come to this: the above image currently appears on a Dhavani billboard in Times Square. The company proudly tweeted it out, writing,
As you know, we’re extremely passionate about creating high-quality, fashionable and innovative products in the most sustainable and ethical ways possible.…But the state of the world weighs heavily on us. There is a palpable tension in the air, an untenable clash of ideals, and we can no longer just sit back and watch….hat’s why we’ve decided to #StandForSomething and become the world’s first and only Activ(ist)Wear™ company. DHVANI is a brand for people who are committed to making the world a better place. As of today, with each purchase, we will donate to a featured nonprofit partner.
Yes, fomenting hate and denigrating the elected leader of the United States is the way to make the world a better place. That’s the message. Now run out and put money in their pockets.
It is increasingly clear to me that the future of our nation, government and culture depends upon how many Americans eventually realize that no matter what they may think of President Trump, those who shamelessly employ these tactics and this kind of rhetoric are a far, far greater threat to our values.
Commenting on this phenomenon, conservative commentator John Hinderaker writes,
Can you imagine what would have happened if a billboard had appeared in Times Square, depicting President Obama in a similar posture? No, actually, I don’t think you can. As Jim Treacher reminds us, a rodeo clown was cashiered for merely wearing an Obama mask….The interesting question, for me, is whether Republicans should imitate the Democrats’ tactics next time we have a Democratic president, which could come as early as 2021. For a long time my answer was, of course not–we are far above such repellent tactics. Now, I am not so sure.
Historically, the deterrent to violating longstanding cultural and political norms was the fear of a voter backlash. But the Democrats’ disgusting behavior has met with little condemnation, no resistance, and, so far at least, no pushback from voters. So one is tempted to ask, why not? It is one more instance, I suppose, of our culture sliding downhill, perhaps irredeemably.