Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    Means you have the right to chase your dreams, but not necessarily the right to catch them.

  2. rusty gate

    rusty gate said, over 3 years ago

    Apparently, not too many signed up for this class.

  3. David Henderson

    David Henderson said, over 3 years ago


    On the other hand be careful what dreams you chase because you may just catch them.

  4. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    Man, I taught for years and I can’t do that! That being said, (see what I did there?), I’ve said all my life that all a good teacher needs is a blackboard and enough chalk…..If you can’t explain something that way, you’re just not a good teacher…BTW, that is what teachers do. They just explain things….They really should be called explainers…

  5. JoeStoppinghem

    JoeStoppinghem GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I do think one big thing missing the the teacher actually writing on the board, so the students have time to write the notes down.
    With PowerPoints and PDFs on the projector, the instruction is rushed too much.

  6. John S

    John S GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    We should be thinking about what Life and Liberty mean as well. If they were truly self-explanatory we’d have a lot more of both.

  7. OngoingFreedom

    OngoingFreedom said, over 3 years ago

    The right to remain silent?

  8. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @John S

    True that, John S. “Life” and “Liberty” came from British philosopher John Locke, but he added another: the right to Property, without which right you cannot be secure in any right. Note that the three together (Life, Liberty, and Property) are the three things government can deprive you of, whether as punishment under a system of justice or as simple tyranny.

    I have read that Benjamin Franklin had Jefferson remove “Property” from the list because he feared it could be used to justify slavery, which is itself a violation of all rights. But today “rights” have been turned from a freedom into a demand for something that someone must be forced to provide for someone else.

    And if anyone objects to this sort of commentary in a comics webpage, this is exactly the sort of thing everyone should be thinking about on the Fourth.

  9. shamino

    shamino said, over 3 years ago


    Property was removed from the Declaration of Independence. But it is in the Constitution as a part of the “Due Process” amendment, which says that no one shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.

  10. shamino

    shamino said, over 3 years ago


    PowerPoints can be very useful, if the teacher knows what he’s doing. For instance, if he distributes the slides before the lecture, then students can take notes on what’s spoken without having to copy everything that was presented on-screen.

    But all too many teachers use it as a crutch to avoid the job of actually teaching, and that’s clearly wrong.

  11. ursen1

    ursen1 said, over 3 years ago

    The disturbing trend we are in now as far as liberty and the pursuit of happiness is that we are willing to trade off liberties for the sake of saftey, thinking somehow that this will bring happiness. If governmental control of your basic liberties is your thing have at it, just don’t include me in the process.

  12. Burnside217

    Burnside217 said, over 3 years ago

    It’s interesting to see the “performer” in panel is audienceless. The pursuit doesn’t guarantee success.

  13. localhost

    localhost said, over 3 years ago


    PowerPoints are a crutch for the teacher and the student. The teacher almost always just reads the slides and the student has his notes taken for him.
    . Basic Rights:
    . Life, Liberty
    . “Property” removed from DoIndependence
    . “Property” added back to Constitution
    . as part of “Due Process”

    I now know enough to pass the test and under NCLB that’s all that matters.

  14. jbmlaw

    jbmlaw said, over 3 years ago

    Think I have heard that the “pursuit of happiness” was a popular phrase of the day (1770s), an opposite to the dour New England puritanism that justified community control over the lives of individuals.

  15. jbmlaw

    jbmlaw said, over 3 years ago

    Funny how things never seem to change.

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