This free poster is another installment in my “Parity or Parody in Democracy” series. This poster features Sen. Rob Portman as Partisan Man, yet another white man. This political cartoon was inspired by Sen. Portman, white man among white men, in the exclusive group of Republican senators appointed by Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, all of whom are white men.
Sen. Portman, an alleged moderate, has recently weakened his role as a critic of the profoundly ironically named Better Care Reconciliation Act. Sen. Portman was handed his shorts over his pet advocacy project, preserving opioid treatment while decimating overall health care for the poor, addicts, and mentally ill; they included less than 5% of what he asked for! Despite this insulting result, Sen. Portman has weakened rather than strengthened his opposition to the bill. He missed the opportunity of joining other Senate Republicans in challenging the rushed process without adequate legislator review or public hearings. Sen. Portman appears ready to collapse into whimpering partisanship, neither demanding a transparent, democratic process nor a bill that even resembles improving the health of Americans. Ohio’s elected so-called representative is looking more and more like a compliant minion of Senate Republican bosses. He can blame it on Mitch McConnell with a proverbial “Mitch McConnell made me do it,” but Ohioans did not elect Mitch McConnell as their representative. His hiding behind is another version of covering one’s ass. The Republicans, led by their megalomaniacal president, can’t hide behind their big PP, Partisan Politics, in this presumptive Trumpcare debacle. You may note that the American flag in this poster is upside down; this is because and upside down flag is a distress call. Let’s up right this topsy turvy nation of ours and reject the pathetic machinations of Republican health care so-called reform. It is time for health care for all — everybody in, nobody out! It doesn’t get any less partisan than that!!