Does It Matter?




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Article; copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert.  BeThink.org

Today, just as every Saturday, at a local intersection, I stood vigil for war veterans, civilians and soldiers.  As I held a sign which reads “Love.  Not War.  Love,” I contemplated the combat overseas, the recent tragedy in Mumbai, India, the protracted wars in Iraq, Afghanistan.  The situations in Israel and Iran, were not far from my consciousness.  Threats and acts of terrorism, nations in turmoil; thoughts of a desired global tranquility filled my mind.  I imagined, as I do daily, a transition, and a hopeful worldwide transformation towards peace.

As I pondered the profound, a man in a very large Sports Utility Vehicle stopped near me. He rolled down his car window. The gent was perhaps in his forties, well-groomed, and thankfully polite.  Calmly, concerned, and a bit critical of what he seemed to think my naivety. this anonymous chap announced, “What would you do if they came on to our shores and attacked us.”  

Without a thought I said, “Violence begets violence.”  He repeated his query and expanded the thought.  “Would you not fight back?” I reflected on what I observe to be true.  People kill other people in the name of peace.  Christians, Muslims, Jews proclaim a love of the Lord and all mankind, except when they define another as the enemy.  I stated, “I would wonder of their reasons. Might they believe we had done them harm.”  Agitated, the stranger shrieked, “Do you mean to say that we, Americans are to blame?” Without hesitation I responded, “No.”  I than shared, “I believe as my grandfather taught me, ‘Two wrongs do not make a right.'”  Seemingly in a huff, the man quickly sped away.

As an afterthought, I realized I might have asked as Andrew Wahl had more than two years ago; “Does It Matter?” (Archive No. 0626a)  Does it matter who assaulted whom first or last.  For me, it does not. Jew, Muslim, Christian, no matter the race or creed; a life is a life.  

I thank you Andrew for the illustration that speaks more than a thousand words might.

An end to new editorial cartoons … for now


“Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press,?

is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free.”


~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1918

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From this week’s Weekly Editorial Cartoon E-mail:

I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news this week: This will be the last Weekly Editorial Cartoon E-mail, at least for a while. After much soul-searching, I’ve decided it’s time to take an extended sabbatical from editorial cartooning. Several factors went into this decision, from financial (it was never really about money, but, in these tough economic times, my toons aren’t even supporting my comic-book habit anymore) to practical (the progressive media outlets that have supported my work are going to be less hungry for toons critical of the Obama administration) to inspirational (I’m sure Obama will make his share of mistakes, but I doubt he’ll ever fuel my fire like W.) All considered, it seemed like the right time to make a clean break.

I’m not sure exactly what’s next. I’m hoping to publish a collection of my Bush-era toons. There’s also a graphic novel or two on the backburner, as well as a couple of kids’ books. And I would never rule out a return to editorial cartooning, if the right opportunity arises. I’m going to spend the rest of the year finishing up my current semester of grad school and enjoying the holidays. Then I’ll turn my attention to the hard question of “What’s next?”

Before signing off, I pass along a hearty “thank you” to all of you: the readers of this e-mail and the editors who have supported my work. It has been a pleasure!

From Abomination to Obamanation




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copyright © 2008.  Andrew Wahl.  Off The Wahl Perspective.

With overwhelming voice, Americans have voted to move beyond the dark times of the past eight years. “Yes We Did” (Archive No. 0838). Now, if the nation can just survive the next two months, 17 days, 19 hours, 59 minutes and 42 seconds.

Quick note: I’ll be out of town so no new cartoon next week. Back November 19.

Till then,

Andrew

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GOP Back on the Brink




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With less than a week until Election Day, it’s starting to look more and more likely that the GOP will be cast “Back to the Wilderness” (Archive No. 0837) by voters.  But beware: The last time Republicans were banished, they came back strong, first with their “Contract With America,” then with a scary brand of neoconservatism implanted on the born-again blank slate of George W. Bush. Lord only knows what they might come up with this time.

Back in seven with my post-Election Day toon.

Andrew

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America at a crossroad




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Just thirteen days until United States citizens face “The Choice” (Archive 0836), (though early ballots are already in the mail). Have you made yours?

Back in seven . . .

Andrew

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A Rerun? Really?




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Yes, I’m sorry, but I had to dig into the archive this week.  As much as I hate to go with a rerun this close to the election, I’m in the middle of grad school midterms and, well, the history of the Vietnam War trumps everything for a few days.  I’ll return to Election 2008 soon, but, in the meantime, enjoy “All Tricks, No Treats” (color version) (Archive No. 0639b) from 2006; it’s as accurate today as it was then (unless you happen to live on Wall Street).

Back in seven . . .

Andrew

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That comment




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“That one?”

No, I don’t think John McCain had any racial intent when he oddly referred to Barack Obama as “that one” during last night’s debate. But it was dismissive and a poor choice of words, especially in light of McCain’s nasty anti-Obama ad, “The One,” from earlier this year. In debates, it’s often the little things that stick, and “That one” just might be that thing for this one. My latest toon, “What’s in an Article?,” (Archive 0835) reflects on the moment.

Back in seven . . .

Andrew

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More on money




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The economic meltdown continues. This week’s take, “Money Talks” (Archive 0834), is the latest in my dollar-bill series.

Back in seven . . .

Andrew

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It’s the war economy, stupids




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I understand that deregulation, greed, and mismanagement are major factors in the current economic crisis.  But why are so few of the “experts” talking about a war, fought on credit, that’s already cost hundreds of billions – and that some believe will have a total economic impact of more than $3 TRILLION?  It’s insane.  This week’s toon, “Dollar Wise,” (Archive 0833) pokes at that question.

Till next week,

Andrew

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References . . .

The Reckoning; The Iraq War Will Cost Us $3 Trillion, and Much More,  By Linda J. Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz.  The Washington Post. Sunday, March 9, 2008; Page B01

Chaos in perspective




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It’s not the actual destruction that makes us fear terrorists, it’s the chaos they introduce into the system. So imagine what the rest of the world thinks of the “First-World Terrorist,” (Archive 0832) who, driven by a radical faith in greed, lays waste to financial markets and threatens prosperity everywhere. Too bad Bush and his cronies didn’t launch a preemptive strike against those bastards.

Till next week,

Andrew

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