For those of you who have been living in your coat closets for the past couple of weeks, the space cadets at peta are at it again. This time they’re attacking president Obama for swatting a fly during a television interview. Said it showed a lack of compassion for our fellow creatures, and he should try to think about that before mindlessly swatting.
Now, I believe president Obama has made a great many mistakes lately, but swatting a fly is not one of them. If God had not intended for us to swat flies, He would not have made so many of them. And if we have nothing better to do than complain about mistreatment of insects we are not so much in trouble as doomed.
As an aside here, let me just mention that, for a long time now, I have written about peta, instead of PETA. There’s a good reason for that. The group does not deserve capitalization, and won’t get it here. When they grow up, quit whining, disband, and start acting like adults instead of spoilt crybabies, I’ll think about capitalizing their name.
Anyway, in reading some of the comments about this fly incident, and snooping around to find out what peta has to say about it, I learned about something else peta has done recently. They’ve gone beyond being silly, entertaining, and stupid, to being disgusting, demented lobotomy candidates. They are, as my police officer friend says about some of the people he has to arrest, ‘a waste of skin.’
The latest peta spokesperson is Lydia Guevara, 24-year-old granddaughter of Che Guevara. According to an article in the Canada Free Press (otherwise known as the Conservative Free Press), peta has started an ad campaign featuring pictures of Ms. Guevara, dressed in a communist uniform but topless, with bandoliers of carrots across her chest. The caption reads ‘Join the Vegetarian Revolution!’
Ms. Guevara is quoted as saying, “Revolution runs in my blood. I will never soil the great things achieved by my grandfather.”
Michael McGraw, peta’s publicity chief, said, “It’s a homage of sorts to her grandfather.”
Just to make sure we’re on the same page here, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was an Argentine who became a communist, and set out to assist the people of Cuba. He aided them by joining the 26th of July Movement and helping put Fidel Castro in power as the communist dictator of Cuba.
Under Castro’s leadership, the Cuban people have been oppressed to the point where they are willing to risk drowning, being eaten by sharks, and execution (if caught) to cross the 90 miles of open sea to get to Florida. Guevara helped Castro’s government by shooting people accused of being traitors. In other words, if they wanted freedom, they were bad people, and deserved to be killed.
One of Castro’s political prisoners, Pierre San Martin, has described the brutality of the Cuban communist government and the horrible treatment of his fellow ‘traitors’ in detail. He witnessed many of Guevara’s atrocities firsthand, including the murder of a 15-year-old boy.
No question, Guevara was an evil man. This is the memory peta plans to cash in on to promote being nice to puppies, kittens, and flies. The great things achieved by Lydia Guevara’s grandfather were oppression, starvation, torture, theft, and murder. peta wants to pay homage to that.
Even those who supposedly support peta are having a hard time with this campaign. One wrote, “It says a lot about the mentality of peta that they would invoke the memory and image of a butcher of human beings in order to promote their cause against the butchery of animals.” Another said, “I am a peta supporter, but I find it inappropriate and incompatible with peta’s stances to turn a blind eye to all the pain and death caused by Che Guevara against families who happened to be capitalist. I’m glad Lydia is going veg, but her grandfather should be left out of it.” A third wrote, “I support peta and I am all for it but apparently peta is not aware of who Che Guevara was. Lydia’s grandfather tortured and killed thousands of Cubans. peta believes in the ethical treatment of animals but grandfather Che Guevara did not believe in “ethical treatment of humans”. It is wrong to have Lydia supporting peta.” I’d say it’s wrong to have Lydia supporting anything.
Obviously, peta is using Lydia Guevara for the shock value, the same way they used references to the holocaust, comparing the birds killed by Kentucky Fried Chicken to the Jews murdered by Hitler. There is no justification for this kind of insulting attack against the American people.
No intelligent person takes peta seriously, or espouses the group’s lack of respect. Unfortunately, as Frank Zappa once said, “It’s not getting any smarter out there.”
Kendal Hemphill is an outdoor humor columnist and public speaker who once killed three flies with one swat. Write to him at PO Box 1600, Mason, Tx 76856 or firstname.lastname@example.org