Marvel writer Dan Slott recently let it be known that he really doesn’t like it when Christians pray after Islamic terror attacks, but this week he made it clear that exploiting raw emotions after a tragedy is good and virtuous — “politicize the f–k” out of such moments were his exact words. He also wants innocent Muslims, Jews, Christians, atheists — all Americans, in fact — to know that it is “crazy” to uphold the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Due process? Who needs that? Police states are so much more efficient.
Men like Dan Slott are political vultures. They swarm around in circles and wait for people to die before tearing at the carcasses. There are millions of Americans who will look at the gruesome spectacle and agree to anything to get it to stop, but luckily there are others who use logic and reason to ensure the blessings of liberty for future generations.
South Carolina Rep. Try Gowdy, for instance, demonstrated after the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack just how dangerous it would be to deny an innocents their constitutionally protected rights because the government suspects them of a committing a crime.
Mr. Gowdy had the following exchange in December with Kelli Burriesci, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Screening Coordination, Office of Policy of the United States Department of Homeland Security:
Trey Gowdy: Let me ask you a question about the terrorism list. What process is afforded a U.S. citizen — not someone who overstayed a visa, not someone who crossed a border without permission — but an American citizen? What process is currently afforded an American citizen before they go on that list?
DHS: I’m sorry, there is not a process afforded the citizen prior to getting on the list. There is a process should someone feel they are and unduly placed on the list.
Gowdy: Yes there is. And when I say ‘process,’ I’m actually using half of the term due process, which is a phrase we find in the Constitution — that you cannot deprive people of certain things without due process.
So I understand Mister Goode’s idea, which is wait until you’re right has been taken from you and then you can petition the government to get it back. I understand that that’s his idea. My question is can you name another constitutional right that we have that is chilled until you find out it’s chilled, and then you have to petition the government to get it back? Is that true of the First Amendment?
DHS: Sir, there are strict criteria before anyone gets put on the list.
Trey Gowdy: That’s not my question ma’am. That is not my question. My question is what process is afforded a United States citizen before that person’s constitutional right is infringed? He’s fine when we do it with the Second Amendment. My question is, ‘How about the First?’ How about we not let them set up a website or Google account? How about we not let him join a church until until they can petition the government to get off the list. How about not get a lawyer? How about the Sixth Amendment?
How about you can’t get a lawyer until you petition the government to get off the list? Or my favorite — how about the Eighth amendment? We’re going to subject you to cruel and unusual punishment until you petitioned the government to get off the list.Is there another constitutional right that we treat the same way for American citizens that we do the Second Amendment? Can you think of one? **pause** Can you think of one?
DHS: I don’t have an answer for you, sir.
Ms. Burriesci didn’t have an answer because deep down she knows that Mr. Gowdy is correct.
Do you know who else agrees with Mr. Gowdy and not with comic book writer Dan Slott?
Answer: The American Civil Liberties Union.
“The standards for inclusion on the No Fly List are unconstitutionally vague, and innocent people are blacklisted without a fair process to correct government error,” the ACLU wrote on Dec. 7, 2015. “The government has emphasized that it is making predictive judgments that people like our clients — who have never been charged let alone convicted of a crime — might nevertheless pose a threat. That’s a perilous thing for it to do.”
How would Dan Slott feel if, 50 years from now, Jews in the United States were routinely put on terrorist watch lists because they were merely suspected of crimes? They could not fly, they could not own weapons, and perhaps their 8th Amendment rights were frozen until they could prove they weren’t terrorists.
That sounds pretty scary, right? Not to Dan Slott.
If you think due process is an essential component to living in a free society, then Dan Slott insults you on Twitter. That is because, like I said, he is a political vulture. It may be fitting for a guy who regularly writes about Spider-Man’s villains, but it is not funny.
With that said, I highly suggest listening to Reason’s Remy sing “How to React to a Tragedy,” with Dan Slott in mind. It perfectly lampoons activist-writers like those employed by Marvel.
Editor’s Note: Hat tip to Colossus of Rhodey for bringing attention to Mr. Slott’s tweets.
Yet more proof that Slott is really just an activist and not much of a writer. If I get published, my plan is to be publicly apolitical.
“Yet more proof that Slott is really just an activist and not much of a writer. If I get published, my plan is to be publicly apolitical.”
When you get published, Carl. When. 🙂
On a serious note, I think the bigger issue is not what they say publicly, but how they say it. With Dan Slott, for instance, you have someone who admits that he is divisive. He’s so intellectually lazy that he just takes the talking points of the moment that forward his own political causes and spews them into the digital ocean.
He mocks people who disagree with him. He sneers at people with legitimate rebuttals to his Twitter screeds. It’s sad and pathetic, but the worst thing about it is that he seems to lack the self-awareness to see just how bad he comes off in the end.
“When you get published, Carl. When.:)”
Right. I guess I should start thinking of it as “when” and not “if.”
“On a serious note, I think the bigger issue is not what they say publicly, but how they say it. With Dan Slott, for instance, you have someone who admits that he is divisive. He’s so intellectually lazy that he just takes the talking points of the moment that forward his own political causes and spews them into the digital ocean.”
He just comes off as an angry loon who flies off the handle on a regular basis.
“He mocks people who disagree with him. He sneers at people with legitimate rebuttals to his Twitter screeds. It’s sad and pathetic, but the worst thing about it is that he seems to lack the self-awareness to see just how bad he comes off in the end.”
Even worse is that no one at Marvel calls him out on it. I’ve mentioned this before, but any normal person would be fired for saying some of the things Slott (and other comics writers) say on social media. Think about all those people] who have been fired for saying dumb things on social media, and there are articles upon articles about them, how “terrible” they are and how it’s a “teachable moment.” You don’t see the comics media calling out Slott or any other creator on it, because they don’t want to lose their access to the creators.
And I was actually dumb enough to think he’d be more reserved about making obnoxious tweets from here on out after having recently been reprimanded by Tom Brevoort of all people.
“And I was actually dumb enough to think he’d be more reserved about making obnoxious tweets from here on out after having recently been reprimanded by Tom Brevoort of all people.”
You would be wrong, good sir! Why spend time closing plot holes in ASM when you could be ranting about guns on Twitter all day?
If Dan Slott is interested in being a propagandist, may I suggest that he go the New York Times? I heard that Carlos Slim pays well.
“If Dan Slott is interested in being a propagandist, may I suggest that he go the New York Times?”
The New York Times may be liberal, but its editors sometimes run decent stories. Dan Slott just issues talking points that are only suited for the lowest common denominator. It’s embarrassing. His political tweets project “I am an intellectual sloth” to anyone who is not content to accept bumper-sticker rhetoric from cable-news talking heads.
That’s true, he’s not as intelligent in his politics as an average NY Times reporter; however, I’ll add the caveat that that’s a pretty low bar to reach, so it’s not terribly impressive by any standard.
I have lost so much respect for Dan Slott over the last several years. I can’t believe this is the same person who wrote the wonderful Spider-Man / Human Torch Team-Up mini-series. It’s especially disheartening now that you see the Spidey comics he’s writing now. That mini-series was pitch perfect and the ending, with Aunt May & MJ coming to FF Tower to have dinner with the Fantastic Four brought tears to my eyes. I don’t know what made him turn into this, maybe it was always there but the fact he’s let it poison his work is the saddest. As a conservative I try really hard to separate the art from the person, but the left makes it harder and harder with each idiotic screed.
“I don’t know what made him turn into this, maybe it was always there but the fact he’s let it poison his work is the saddest. As a conservative I try really hard to separate the art from the person, but the left makes it harder and harder with each idiotic screed.”
There are only so many times a creator can essentially call you an evil person for your worldview before you say, “You know what? I tried to respect you, but you won’t return the favor. I’m out. Bye. Maybe someone else will buy your work.”
You are not alone, SirKev. There are many readers just like you. Marvel may want to pretend like we don’t exist, but its obvious from the sales that countless readers have abandoned ship.
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate it.
Sounds less like he wants politicised and more like he wants to be martry’d.
“Sounds less like he wants politicised and more like he wants to be martry’d.”
In many ways Dan treats his preferred political party with religious reverence. Government is his god, his idol. It’s creepy.