Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    What a silly young man.

  2. Buzza Wuzza

    Buzza Wuzza said, almost 3 years ago

    the dirty trick squad strikes again

  3. Lin Collingwood

    Lin Collingwood said, almost 3 years ago

    so true!! Just look at who they help put in office. Now there are millions who don’t have healthcare because of Big “O” and Miss “we have to pass it to find out what is in it” HOWS THAT HOPE AND CHANGE working for you now????????

  4. DavyG

    DavyG said, almost 3 years ago

    In his teens, my son frequently read The Economist and Foreign Affairs, along with the newspaper and many books on history and politics. When he was about 16, he said he resented the fact that, no matter how well informed he might be, he couldn’t vote, but some semiliterate yahoos living down the street could, simply because they were born a couple years before him. I couldn’t argue. Fortunately, I don’t think those guys ever bothered to vote.

  5. DavyG

    DavyG said, almost 3 years ago

    Why “Bring back dry”? Some handles are obvious – “leftwingpatriot” is self-explanatory – but yours has got me curious, as do Night-Gaunt49, and Redkaycei Repoc.

  6. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, almost 3 years ago

    Forcing people to vote may force them to vote for candidates and issues they have no knowledge about. When I don’t know anything about candidates for a particular office or have no opinion about an issue, I skip that part of the ballot so I don’t cancel out a more informed voter’s vote.

    I also wonder: If this takes place in North Carolina, why aren’t there any African Americans in the audience? I thought the schools there are now integrated.

  7. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Arye Uygur

    There are clearly African-Americans in panels 6 and 8.
    No one is forcing young people to vote; some of us are upset at the North Carolina’s legislature’s decision to make it more difficult for young people to vote.

  8. Bill Weinberg

    Bill Weinberg said, almost 3 years ago

    Um, NOBODY is “forcing” anyone to vote in the US, that’s for sure! Forgive my ignorance, but is Ned a take-off on some particular politician?

  9. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 3 years ago

    Voting is mandatory in Australia, as it was in George Washington’s Virginia. Voting was a civic responsibility, like militia service, posse and jury duty. It is based on the idea that voters are citizens, participants in the government of their country, and have no business being either ignorant or apathetic. And the richer you were, the more such duties you had.

    Getting rid of the fines for failure to vote (just like evading the draft, or shirking jury duty) was presented as easing a burden placed on poorer (in both senses) voters, and keep the more easily bribable away from the polls, but was (of course) also a means of encouraging the “lower sorts” to leave the running of things to “their betters.” As in “let those better informed do the voting, don’t trouble your little head about it.”

    We are no longer required by law to get out with pick and shovel to help maintain the roads, nor to ride with the posse, nor serve in uniform, nor help put out fires, nor come to one another’s aide in emergencies, etc. The only obligations left to us as citizens are (1) serve on a jury if called; (2) pay our taxes; and now (3) buy ourselves health insurance: though even that last is set up as a tax on the uninsured, rather than an actual positive command, like a jury summons or a draft notice.

    But these days, most Americans HATE the idea that they have ANY duties owed to their country, or any responsibilities as citizens, other than to leave one another alone. Military service is now a job, even a career, rather than a burden placed on citizens generally. And as for paying taxes, paying their “freedom dues” as I think they ought to be called, that’s only for the other guy. Voting remains a moral obligation to some, but as several comments here demonstrate, we don’t actually trust our fellow citizens enough to want all of them voting. Some ask “Why should we encourage the apathetic and ignorant to vote?” rather than asking “Why should we encourage our fellow citizens be apathetic and ignorant?”

    We hate the very idea of duty, because all we really believe in is “looking out for number one” which is the antithesis of public duty. Oh, we may do things we think benefit the country, but only when we individually feel like it, and only on our own personal terms. And we label irresponsibility “freedom.”

    I’ve been thinking a lot about WWI, with the centennial upon us. During WWI, the sons of the nobility in England flocked to the colors, and died in droves: the sons of the elite suffering the highest casualty rates of any social class. How many of the children of the 1% today place themselves in harm’s way for their country, I wonder. Has any child of a president served in combat since WWII? (The question is not rhetorical, I actually don’t know the answer.) I don’t want to idealize the past, buying your way out of military service has also a long history in America. Still, liberty and self-government once meant PARTICIPATING in the government of your community and nation.

    There is a difference between being a citizen and being a subject, as some conservatives like to say. But the difference is NOT between meekly obeying the laws others make, versus standing up (perhaps gun in hand) to resist those laws. That’s only the difference between being a good subject and being a bad subject. (Though sometimes being a bad subject is a good thing to be, at least when the law in question is genuinely bad, and usually leaving out the gun!) The difference between a citizen and a subject is between one participating in, and thus owning and respecting, the process of government and the laws, … and one who does not. Voting is only one part of that.

    My old friend Henry was never a good citizen, by this measure, but was rather a bad subject merely. As I said, however, being a bad subject has its value too. And I still like what he said in 1854 about voting: “The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls … it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.”

  10. cdward

    cdward said, almost 3 years ago

    Wait, the young are too immature to handle voting, but assault weapons, which he equates with voting, are okay for the young?

  11. artworksmetal

    artworksmetal GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    That’s the big Joke! The Koch Joke.

  12. wdgnas

    wdgnas said, almost 3 years ago

    @Lin Collingwood

    while you’re ranting, please show me more videos of mittens dancing horse. you know the one they got the $60,000.00 tax write off for.

  13. wdgnas

    wdgnas said, almost 3 years ago

    while both of those programs started under you boy bush 43, obama has continued them using the same lame excuse. are we safer?

  14. $$i9

    $$i9 said, almost 3 years ago

    Good points, Doughfoot. One thing which irked my dad is that presidents Johnson and Nixon had daughters and thus didn’t give a fig about who was sent to war. No, I believe both presidents Roosevelt were the last to have sons serve in combat. Teddy lost a son in WW I and another in WW II. FDR’s eldest, James, was executive officer of one of the Marine Raider battalions.

    I’m not convinced that any American can be informed. It wasn’t until recently that I learned of “The Plot to Seize the White House” (book title and actual event) and the overthrow of foreign governments by our country; three of these leaders were democratically elected. These are things which are deliberately not taught in public schools before college. I mean, imagine what would happen if Americans actually knew of the shenanigans going on by the wealthy and powerful in our gov’t. We common folk don’t control the media and we are kept ignorant to make sure the powerful may continue to have their ways.

  15. Kit Walker

    Kit Walker GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    The citizens of North Carolina are doomed, as long as the GOP controls the legislature. Every Republican fantasy, no matter how evil, can become law in NC. The real damage gerrymandering can do is on full display there for all to see.

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