Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Better put your body armor on for what’s coming today.

  2. MiepR

    MiepR said, almost 3 years ago

    They had health care in 1861?

  3. MiepR

    MiepR said, almost 3 years ago

    The bowl with the apples is like totally collectible now.

  4. Ravenswing

    Ravenswing said, almost 3 years ago

    Hey, I’m happy to present some Northern rhetoric, just so we can be Fair And Balanced:

    “It’s evil to make another human being your slave, so that you can rape, maim or kill that person with impunity.”

    “If you rebel against the United States government, you’re a traitor!”

    There, how’s that?

  5. Jerry Kelly

    Jerry Kelly said, almost 3 years ago

    Why is the father of a Union Soldier ranting against the Government in Washington? Isn’t what he is saying the stand of the Confederacy?

  6. TexTech

    TexTech said, almost 3 years ago

    @Jerry Kelly

    That uniform is light gray and not dark blue which makes it a Confederate uniform. Also, that was the standard battle cap of the Confederate soldier. The boy is going off to defend the right of the South to determine its own way which includes owning other people as property and nothing more.

  7. JanBic

    JanBic GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Missing the point here. The strip is showing that things never really change.

  8. SlightlySlow

    SlightlySlow said, almost 3 years ago

    I believe the Boston Tea Party preceded the Confederacy…if my memory serves me.

  9. Swalb%515

    Swalb%515 said, almost 3 years ago


    You got it right. That’s it exactly.

  10. Swalb%515

    Swalb%515 said, almost 3 years ago

    So true, so true.

  11. Tokyo Tengu

    Tokyo Tengu said, almost 3 years ago

    Why did I know what was coming by the second frame?

  12. mpk39

    mpk39 said, almost 3 years ago

    Given the way things are going now, it’s a pretty scary strip.

  13. WaitingMan

    WaitingMan said, almost 3 years ago

    There are probably several southern states that would bring back slavery today if the question was put to a public referendum.

  14. Coyoty

    Coyoty GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    Mississippi didn’t abolish slavery until February. This year.

  15. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 3 years ago

    The question is still, are we one nation or several? Partly this is about so-called states’ rights. Partly this is about whether all Americans are REAL Americans, equally worthy of being heard, or only those with small-town values.

    If we first and foremost seek consensus, we may survive. If we first and foremost seek the triumph of Virtue and Truth (truth as we see it) over Wickedness and Error (truth as someone else sees it), we are doomed. And which road are we on, folks?

    Our system is designed to give greater weight to acres than to people. In the last election for the House of Representatives, 15,000,000 more people voted for Democratic candidates than voted for Republican candidates, and yet look at the house today. A half-million Wyomingites have the same power in the Senate as 38 million Californians.

    Rural counties take up 72% of America’s area, but contain 15% of her people. And the number is shrinking, not just in percentage, but in absolute numbers. 58% of all American live in communities of more than 200,000 people. And 68% in communities of more than 50,000. And 77% in communities of more than 5,000. Yet rural and small-town populations have an out-sized influence. Here in Virginia, in the last election, every urban area, in fact just about every city of at least 5,000 people, went Democratic. The large the population, the larger the margin. A mediocre Democratic candidate for governor won by a comfortable margin, and the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor won by 10%. The Attorney General’s office is still undecided. This suggests an even split among the voter, as does the composition of the State Senate. But the state House of Reps is dominated by Republicans.

    In 1776 the Virginia Declaration of Rights asserted “that government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community … and that, when any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community has an indubitable, inalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal.” Yet then and now the system was designed to thwart the will of the majority in favor of the select minority. Then it empowered only the free white adult male landowners. And now?

    Yes, the rights of the individual have to be protected from the tyranny of the majority. But liberty is not only a matter of personal freedom, it is also the liberty of the people to create the laws and institutions they want for themselves and their society.

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