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June 1, 2024

The cult of Trump is one of the most disturbing developments in U.S. history. He could drown a kitten on stage and many of his fans would soon be looking for a hose, a bucket and fluffy to follow suit in a perverted effort to validate themselves. Kristin Noem’s story of killing a puppy is a litmus test of MAGA cred. Being a felon is looked upon as an asset. I hope folks remember that the end game of all this is an authoritarian regime, hell bent (of course, through Christ) to control the personal aspects of individual’s lives, and punish, denigrate and inflict violence on them for non-compliance. I hope we’re not shooting each other over this by January, as I don’t think Republicans should exert their crime family influences over the rest of us Americans – because we will kick their ass – and have a better aim than those “gravy seals”. At any rate, out of the fog will come some cartoons.

I am honored to have been the featured artist again on the AAEC website June 9, however, there is a glitch with the website so I am unable to upload any new content until they get it fixed. I have some on paper in abeyance, and they may appear on my FB page.. AAEC website and support them. www.editorialcartoonists.com

Below is some recent rolling blog history. Be well and chin up!

April 22: Happy First Trial Day (and btw, Earth Day)! Trump goes to court for the “hush money” paid to porn star Stormy Daniels (and another tryst). The charges are typical Trump, money seems to be his soul (presuming he has one) and I presume he thinks is everyone else’s. I feel for Stormy, she “took one for the team” in diddling probably one of the most physically unappealing individuals to come along. I’m surprised the “hush” isn’t the other way around. A list of other trials is forthcoming, the tinpot wannabee dictator inexplicably has a brainwashed following thinks he’s some kind of martyr. (And, evangelicals, probably over Jesus’ objection, are comparing him to their savior).

January 17: Three drown while crossing the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass; the Texas Department of Public Safety blocks the Border Patrol from saving them. Later, they said, “that’s ok, they were dead already anyway.” Gov. Abbott says in a right-wing talk radio show, “we’d shoot them, but we’d be charged with murder.” Duh. Problem is, the white Texas Republicans think they’re so much closer to God than darker-skinned people, they completely lose perspective of compassion, dignity and thrive on dehumanization. It’s a fundamental trait of Trumpism.

January 15: Escambia School District in Florida bans dictionaries and encyclopedias from their shelves; while they claim they are “under review” there’s no timeline for their return. How the hell do kids in Florida read and write? (Hint: maybe that’s the plan, Trump said he loves the “uneducated.” (A follow-up: while visiting Grand Turk, my wife and I met a woman and her husband who were both educators in the aforementioned school district. A homespun take is that she was from Washington State initially and had moved there. I asked about the “book bans”; she said they have straightened that issue out. I hope so, fascists, populists and conservatives (which can be used interchangeably more and more) would just as soon keep you angry as well as stupid.

January 10: Stanley Cup confusion, Taylor Swift football draw, as an attempt to add a little humor (especially since I’m cooped up due to the weather).

January 6 is the anniversary of the attack on our democracy.

I can remember walking with my wife at a park when I heard of the events unfolding.

I was unspeakably angry, ready to deck any Republican I saw – if I could only find one.

I still am angry, and will be til the end of my days. I understand anger is not healthy, but I will channel it int he best, most helpful ways I can.

This was a dress rehearsal for authoritarians who would love to enrich themselves, have poisoned our relationships with each other and say to hell with your freedom. As Liz Cheney said, “There are no bystanders in this fight.” If you want to be ruled by them, then go on about your business.

If you don’t, better get ready for a fight, because they’re not stopping until they rule, unchecked. And never forget January 6 – it’s just the rehearsal.

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