Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    And he died exactly 50 years later, the same day as John Adams.

  2. night ranger

    night ranger said, over 3 years ago

    Did that machine involve a feather in his hat?

  3. BillWa

    BillWa said, over 3 years ago

    Arlo could not be more wrong. The entire point of the Decleration was Life and Liberty. And the Pursuit of happiness, not necessarily the obtainment of such. We were the first country that had the Gov’t serve the people, not the other way around. I suggest Arlo read it again. It is available for free on Kindle.

  4. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    Bilawa, where is y0ur head at? Arlo says nothing about the attainability of happiness!…And you got another thing wrong. We are the first country where the people ARE the government. Got a problem with the government? NO! You have a problem with your fellow loyal Americans…

  5. water_moon

    water_moon said, over 3 years ago


    " We are the first country where the people ARE the government. "
    so wrong you make me cry when I add “and then he voted”
    ANCIENT GREECE was a direct democracy, it failed. And were not even a real democracy the founding fathers knew democracy was dangerous, the many will gladly trample the rights of the few to get what they want, hence the representatives, and checks and balances. And for a large part of the existance of this country, congress, our representation in federal government, was only half elected, the other half (senate) was appointed by people who were supposed to be elite. Ditto on the electorial college for the president. Because the masses (and by that they meant white male landowners) were too stupid/greedy/shortsighted/etc. to be trusted.

  6. debx2

    debx2 said, over 3 years ago

    Actually, the pursuit of happiness was about property ownership, it had nothing to do with an emotional frame of mind. The colonists were declaring their right to own property, which had been denied to the average man under the aristocracy system in England.

  7. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, over 3 years ago

    Jefferson originally had "the pursuit of property ", but the congressional Congress changed it to “the pursuit of happiness” so to get the public behind the idea of the Declaration of Independence.
    p.s. James Monroe author of the Bill of Rights also died on July 4th (1831).

  8. chassimmons

    chassimmons said, over 3 years ago

    The traditional phrase was “life, liberty, and property”, and this was deliberately changed by Jefferson (some say on Franklin’s prodding), not as an attack on property rights as such, but to suggest that the right to property was not one “endowed by the Creator”, but a socially mediated right, created and regulated by social institutions, particularly government.
    Thus, property in slaves — Franklin’s concern — could be changed or ended.
    It’s a valuable point to remember these days, since we have all these silly “libertarians” around who seem to think that property rights and economic markets could exist without the protection of the coercive powers of the state. They can not.

  9. Frank Siegle

    Frank Siegle GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    It was John Locke who coined “Life, Liberty and Property.” I’m glad our founders changed it.

  10. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 3 years ago


    We weren’t the first by a long shot, and missed by two millennia. Athens was a true democracy before the birth of Jesus Christ.

  11. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    My point is still that the “government”, you may or may not have a beef with, is your fellow Americans….nothing more….

  12. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, over 3 years ago


  13. Butch Glover

    Butch Glover GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    You really believe that the government is spying on ALL of us? Must have at least 100 million spies.
    And this gov. always spied on certain individuals and groups. J.Edgar had dossiers that were the original “who’s who” in America.

  14. Dr McCoy

    Dr McCoy said, over 3 years ago

    Let us have the freedom to celebrate our freedom as we see fit and proper.

  15. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 3 years ago

    Happy Fourth, everyone! I’ve been trying for awhile to get up early enough to reach most of the bright “Arlo and Janis” readers, many of whom are past masters at interpreting obscure comics. I have puzzled over the June 23 “Beetle Bailey,” and was not able to see why it was funny. Just read comments at
    They helped a little, but the comic still seems lame. Anyone else have ideas? Thanks.

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