Friday, June 21, 2019

A Day In The Anti-LIfe - Drum Beats!

I talk less about the deplorable state of the nation here for the simple reason I try not to think about it much. Life needs living and there's an ample library of books and films in my possession which allow me to go days on end without hearing the T-Word. That's good for my blood pressure. But at the risk of my health (not really) let me reflect on some more recent events.

The loathsome nature of the current leader is all too clear to anyone willing to glance in the direction. All the people I interact with who support our Dotard-in-Chief regardless of his endless whimperings know full well how low he is. But they set that aside because somehow they are convinced the the other side is worse. And while the other side is not worse in terms of policy (which will be revealed agonizingly slowly over the course of the next few decades as the cost of deregulation begins to create problems once thought solved) the opponents to the current Blowhard-in-Chief lack the stupid single-mindedness which seems ultimately to pay so many dividends these days.

I am reminded of quaint far off times when "flip flopping" once could well be the harpoon to the gut of any campaign, and now we are riddled with flips and flops so pronounced and frequent that just cataloging them requires due diligence and framing them into context utterly impossible save in reflective articles which almost no one will ever read. The secret is never to admit the obvious, just plow forward regardless of ethics. Power is all that matters, the getting and using of power to achieve ends or in the case of our cringe-worthy leader just as end in itself so that he can  bask in the soft warm glow of sweet lovely power.

I've said before and I'll repeat that the amazingly callous administration which currently heads up the United States has found far more traction than I thought it ever could. A brief bout of madness is not uncommon in American body politic, but usually a few years washes it out of the system and we return to the normal state of politics which is no bag of sugar on its own. The difference these days to me seems to be the utter openness of those in power to talk about maintaining that power and doing so at the cost of failing to meet their responsibilities. The House of Representatives was returned to the Democrats for the express purpose to put a check on the flagrant violations of the Republicans and especially these Republicans who treated Washington and the country as their own personal pig sty. They were not put into place to merely watch the pigs and secure a seat to watch them longer, they are there to clean up the sty. 

Not only that, but in the face of obvious provocations it is the responsibility of the House to impeach the President. I'm not crazy about the prospect, but it is their duty and as far as I can see the only way they are going to be able to gather the necessary footing to tip the balance of power back into the hands of the legislature which has for far too long allowed the executive to have its way. As the drum beats of a yet another possible conflict in the Middle East begin to thrum through the land, the Democrats must stick the bully in the eye before he  ruins another two decades of the twenty-first century. It may already be too late. 

Rip Off


  1. Love the Sad Sack! I often feel Harvey just doesn't get its due. I mean, we had two spinners in our "news agency" and most of one was Harvey, clearly out publishing the Big Two from what I can tell.

    Dems and Repubs are almost two sides of the same coin. I mean, Chuck Schumer is a Dem and Wall Street (literally) keeps reelecting him. We do owe Sanders and Warren a debt of gratitude for at least giving voice to a progressive wing as it is painfully clear "Boy" Biden has no intention of progress beyond his big donors wallets.

    1. I try hard to keep away from the pox on all houses attitude, but it's getting more difficult as you point out. We need fresh faces with new ideas and that seems to get clearer each day that passes.

      Oh and you are so right -- Harvey Comics ruled the newsstands of my youth, they must've been enormously successful. Perhaps more than any company they were unable to find footing in the direct sales markets.

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    2. Yep... I don't know exactly why Harvey died off so quickly as compared to Archie, DC, Marvel other than I "heard" it was b/c, at the end of the day, they were more cartoonish and lost their market to Saturday morning TV cartoons. I suppose that's plausible though for most of their product but wouldn't seem so for Sad Sack. Geeze, Sack and Richie Rich each had 5 - 10 titles monthly?

      Yes, there is indeed now some daylight between both parties but truly due to Sanders and Warren. I recall just two (!) years ago not a single Dem would stand next to Sanders when talking about Universal Health Care and now that's probably going to be a theme of their 2020 platform (unless Biden is the nominee, lol).

  2. It's funny how Sad Sack became a kid's comic, since George Baker originally drew him for the GI magazine Yank, and his name came from the expression "sad sack of sh*t."
    Though Baker drew the covers till he passed (and a few early stories), the bulk of the comics' stories and art were by Fred Rhoads - who was to Sad Sack what Carl Barks was to the Disney ducks.

  3. I keep thinking I'll wake up and find that the past 3 years have been a bad dream, but it hasn't happened yet. Well, i mostly just try to stick my head in the sand and ignore the news, spending my free time on low stress pursuits, like reading comics and watching beloved old TV shows and movies.


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