Barney & Clyde by Gene Weingarten, Dan Weingarten & David Clark

Barney & Clyde

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, about 2 years ago

    Name? More of a description. States, a bunch. United, all together. Of, where they are located. America, not Europe, Africa, etc.

  2. Agent54

    Agent54 said, about 2 years ago

    Remember to include North America so it is not confused with the united people of South America or Central.

  3. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, about 2 years ago

    The official name for Mexico is “Los Estados Unidos de Mexico.”

  4. patiodragon

    patiodragon said, about 2 years ago

    Listen to old movies and you will here people say THESE United States. I don’t know when it changed to THE United States…?

  5. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @patiodragon

    The Constitution begins “We the people of THE United States”, so I’ve always considered “THESE” to be the variant rather than the norm.


    I don’t know how much truth (if any) is behind this, but I’m thinking the distinction has its roots in the Federalist/States’ Rights debate. If you use “THE United States,” the emphasis is on the single nation; if you use “THESE United States,” the emphasis shifts to the multiplicity of parts.

  6. fbsmisterc

    fbsmisterc said, about 2 years ago

    You have it right fritzoid. Before the civil war, people considered their state membership more important than belonging to the “union.” Each decade since then has fostered a greater emphasis on being an American rather than a member of a state.

  7. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    the ‘god bless’ thing is thrown in there so the religious right doesn’t get all indignant and demand impeachment for any politician not duly saying it automatically at the end of every speech

  8. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    “Before the civil war, people considered their state membership more important than belonging to the ‘union.’”


    My only emendation to that would be to say “some people” or “many people” (I’ll go so far as to accept “most people”), but the Federalist/States’ Rights argument goes back to the beginning. Neither has it been definitively resolved to this day, although I’m glad to see you made reference to the “civil war” (connotating a conflict within one political entity) rather than that “war between the states” nonsense (which, frankly, is only grammatically correct if you consider the USA and the CSA to be the two “states” waging war; otherwise, it would properly be “the war among the states”).

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    The United States of North America would be more correct. But then only the USA calls itself “American” as if no one else on the two sub-continents and isthmus are Americas.

  10. Gweedo - It's legal here !!! -  Murray

    Gweedo - It's legal here !!! - Murray GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    We have a long way to go to unite the Americas in order to form a very perfect union.

  11. Lyle Waldo

    Lyle Waldo GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  12. Lyle Waldo

    Lyle Waldo GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Looks like it says America.

  13. LOWRIDER84

    LOWRIDER84 said, about 2 years ago

    @fritzoid

    Sorry. It is called the War of Northern Aggression. It was when the Yankees invaded America!

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