Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, January 10, 2005

"...Obvious, Tendentious, Simplistic, Wrong, Unfunny, Self-righteous and Annoyingly Small-minded."

Thus sayeth James Lileks in today's Bleat about today's political cartoonists. And with a few minor exceptions, I wholly concur. James has several links to excellent examples (a couple of which go to the Washington Post, which requires registration - three tries of Bugmenot to no avail.) So here are just a few examples of cartoonists I found that meet that description given above:

David Horsey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This was one of Lilek's examples, and a damned good one.

Chris Britt of Illinois' State Journal-Register.

Can't have a political cartoon set without some asshole opinion on "gun control." Apparently Mr. Britt missed the recent report indicating that decades of study of gun control laws has proven that, well gun control hasn't seemed to accomplish anything.

Mike Lane of the Baltimore Sun.

Apparently $350 million plus a carrier strike force isn't enough for Mr. Lane. We must also cancel the inauguration! Besides, if it isn't government spending, it really isn't charity. Putz.

Rex Babin of the Sacramento Bee.

Apparently there's absolutely no problem with Social Security! None at all! It's all smoke & mirrors, just like WMD! Bushitler just hates old people and wants to turn them into Soylent Green. Putz again.

Milt Priggee - independent.

And I can see why. Yes, Bushitler is responsible for all those horrible deaths. And there's no reason for them! No, if we'd just keep our warmongering to ourselves, the world would be beautiful, with fluffy bunnies and chocolate rivers! But the hundreds of thousands killed by Saddam are, well, not our business. We shouldn't interfere. It's not our responsibility.

And here's the most disgusting one I found:

John Darkow of Columbia, MO's Daily Tribune.

I see Mr. Darkow and Ted Rall have the same outlook. That's not to say that there aren't some good cartoonists out there, but "hate America" seems to be the theme for the vast majority of them. Perhaps if I have some time later, I'll dredge up a few good ones.

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