Be offended by the word castration. The Tribune editorial cartoon demonstrates that the entire so-called pension crisis is/was never about pensions. The editorial cartoon was meant to offend and humiliate you.
Yesterday the Democratic controlled super-majority Illinois state legislature voted to cut pensions for active and retired teachers and other public employees. The cartoon depicts a spike collared dog with a cone around its head and the euphemism “Fixed” as the cartoon title. The collar is labeled with “Pension Reform” on it. The tag on the dog’s collar is labeled specifically “AFSCME” but the editorials on the page are more about teachers than any other public employees. (AFSCME is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.)
This cartoon is way beyond offensive. It is an act of psychological humiliation that reduces people to tamed domestic animals that have been slashed into a submissive and harmless state by castration. The legislation itself is anti-teacher, anti-public employee, anti-public education, anti-union, anti-humane and anti-constitutional (state and federal).
The legislation is meant to punish the victims of the created financial crisis, a revenue crisis. A crisis caused by thieving politicians, particularly the 30 year Speaker of the House, Mike Madigan whose representative assembly repeatedly spent pension money for “special” purposes.
The cartoon is meant to show that corporate purchased legislators will savage those who oppose them. It mocks, dehumanizes and humiliates.
This is a state level of the national attack against public education, and teachers are the scapegoated targets of multinational mega-corporations. They are scapegoated by corporate media giants, especially the Tribune Company and its massive media outlets. Read HERE.
The lie that teacher pensions and public pensions are bankrupting each state and the nation is a corporate media lie. Propaganda. Hedge fund managers know this.
The savage psychological abuse intended by this cartoon is done with the intention to make us all feel emasculated, beaten and helpless. We are not.
We intend to fight back in the courts and in the ballot boxes. When several hundred thousand people reverse their votes or simply not vote, gerrymandering will become useless.
We will fight back; we will reclaim reform. And, yes, we have the “cojones” to do it and win.