Sometimes I think the fundamental tension in our country is between the right to be stupid and the right to be protected from our stupidity. I think this tension is abating as we continually move closer and closer to a society that protects us from ourselves. For good reason. Stupidity is expensive and costs all of us whether it’s an uninsured motorist or a person without health insurance who goes to the emergency room for the flu. But I admit that protecting us from ourselves is expensive too. I don’t really believe it’s on our best interest to be guaranteed safety and security. We have to participate in the equation through personal responsibility and hard work. But we should also be protected from disasters not of our own making. And from enemies, foreign, abroad and at home (the NRA).
In this insane election cycle this sort of nuanced view is in short supply. Voters want simple solutions to extremely complex problems. And the candidates, both left and right, pander to them. Yes, you have a right to be stupid. But with rights come responsibilities. In this case, the responsibility to accept the consequences of ignorance.
Sorry. Forgot to post this one yesterday. Just as well. It illicit a firestorm of protest over at gocomics.com/overthehedge. 48 comments! Might be a record. What makes me scratch my head is there really isn’t any bias in this cartoon. We mention two Democrats and two Republicans. The only candidate we trash is Trump. I’m not going to apologize for trashing a narcissistic blowhard on a self-inflated brand building exercise.
I gotta go mark my territory.
Hey, between Trump and Sponge Bob I’m always going to watch Sponge Bob. But the yellow sponge isn’t on 24/7 and the Donald pretty much is.
Don’t forget to vote. I voted a couple of weeks ago. It’s about the only time in public these days where I’m the youngest guy in the room.
Today’s comic started another firestorm over at comics.com.
Most reasonable people agree that these voter ID laws are a solution without a problem. I say reasonable because a careful analysis of the facts shows there are very few cases of voter fraud. But these facts are supplied by the government or the main stream media. If you have a carefully nurtured distrust of all things government and/or media then these facts become propaganda. No facts and you can just believe whatever you want to believe. Based on… what?… a hunch?… the stars?… whatever some talk show host says?…
Here’s the problem: a citizenry that can’t agree on the validity of the basic facts needed to make informed decisions is in big trouble. It’s not that the truth won’t eventually come out, it’s that facts that should be self-evident don’t become subject to wide spread agreement until AFTER we’ve enacted stupid and unnecessary laws like Voter ID and we have to deal with nasty fallout from denying citizens their constitutional right to vote.
In all my years of cartooning, I’ve never seen the partisan rancor this bad.
It’s really nasty out there. And I don’t have a solution. If we can’t stand together on a level playing field of basic agreed upon reality, how can we have an honest debate? How can we run a country? A state? A city? A family?
How can we get out of bed in the morning?
I stepped in it today. Over at comics.com there’s a wild run for the exits by all our not-so-loyal right wing readers.
For the hundredth time, we occasionally do topical/political material. Maybe two or three weeks a year tops. And yes, both T and I tend to tip a bit toward the left in today’s political climate. But that’s only because the scale has slide so far to the right. I think both T and I would say we were moderates.
But I really don’t get the vitriol directed our way about Romney. Even a good chunk of the right thinks he’s a bad candidate. Our harmless little jab is directed at his own self-inflicted wounds (bloodless wounds).
So, if you can’t stand us doing a political strip now and then go with God. But seriously, do you really want to get this worked up about a comic strip?
My logic here is a bit off. If you’re going to base your monetary system on something (which is a bad idea for a lot of reasons) it should be something relatively rare like gold or silver. Twinkies are fairly plentiful – at least right now. Of course, if there were a Twinkie Standard one would assume you’d need to stockpile Twikies in some sort of Twinkie Ft. Knox resulting in at least a short-term shortage. In fact a Twinkie Standard could require the nationalization of any private Strategic Twinkie Reserve such as RJ’s. So, perhaps, it’s not completely off base.
Bottom line? You probably shouldn’t rely on a comic strip featuring talking animals with thumbs for accurate information on monetary policy.