The screen shot above is from the most recent episode of The Simpsons, a show that made its mark as an irreverent comedy.
Irreverence is fine as far as it goes. It can be funny to point out some of the absurdities in life. However, some things should be off limits and that includes disrespecting the Office of the Presidency.
The danger in disrespect is that it creates a mindset where you don’t need to do what the president says, where his orders to lock American citizens away in military prisons under NDAA is ignored, where his orders to spy on American citizens under CISPA aren’t implemented by Google, where people drink raw milk and smoke marijuana, drink 17 ounce soft drinks, etc. It is like a young child ignoring the orders of their wiser parents – eventually they get spanked.