This poster was a response to an article by Thomas Sowel, which suggested American democracy was being dismantled by the Obama administration. He compared the president to Hitler and Lenin, both of whom cultivated "useful idiots" (citizens who normally are not politically engaged) to support their radical aims. Sarah Palin asked her followers to read this article. And, its sentiments made their way to a billboard in Mason City, Iowa, showing Hitler, Obama, and Lenin over the headline: Radical Leaders Pray on the Fearful and Naive. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote an opinion piece about Sowel's article in the July 18, 2010 edition of the paper.
The posters in this series reflect the conflicts the American political system has been experiencing during the turbulent period between 2010-2018. They are meant to encourage an exploration and a dialogue about the cultural minefield we now find ourselves in.