Monday, January 25, 2010

"Twin Fingers"

Recent baseless criticism of Obama brought out my inner (former) New Yorker; only a handful of times a year will a drawing so deeply satisfy like this one. As I just mentioned on the opening day of the new semester to a new class: art can serve multiple purposes and meet many needs, and occasionally it can be really gratifying on a personal level. That's a bonus. Along with getting paid for it...

Originally the caption said "...Hey Dick" but after much reflection I decided to be more inclusive, and say "Note to Republicans:" instead. Then my editor weighed in that it "works better, more to the point of the specific comment..." to retain the Cheney reference, plus I started waffling the longer I though about it - there are actually quite a few a couple Republican's that I wouldn't give the (middle) finger to. And, come to think of it, there are a few couple Democrats I would...

Specific context aside, Cheney's asshole backseat driving commentary on the new administration's handling of terrorism, or anything for that matter, isn't going to fade from public consciousness anytime soon - he's like Sarah Palin in that annoying whack-a-mole way; pops up with brain-achingly stupid pronouncements that really aren't all that helpful. You know, like some opinionated editorial cartoonists.
The irony of Republicans politicizing terrorism and their hypocritical posturing calls for a reminder to put things into proper context. To be sure, both sides may be complicit in studiously avoiding the root of the problem and cashing in on the perpetuation of the war machine, but one is banking on all the fear they can hype: looks like all bets are off when it comes to promotion of partisan patriotism.

"It is much easier to be critical than correct." - Benjamin Disraeli

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