For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Downundergirl

    Downundergirl said, 11 months ago

    well, my mother refused to let me dress up as a hippy. Same old- same old no matter what generation!

  2. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    The USA has been on a war footing since 1950, and it has been increasing since then. The USA has an enormous military. Larger than several of the old Empires including Britain’s.
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    Coupled with a Depression it is rough out there. It is ruining otherwise well educated people. Trashing their lives and future.

  3. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 11 months ago

    If you are a fan of Canadian history, there are some parts of this comic strip you may find puzzling. What is Anne Nichols talking about when she said they were closer to making war in a 1984 comic strip?
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    In 1984 Pierre Trudeau, the Liberal Party PM was replaced by Brian Mulroney from the Progressive Conservative Party, and he quickly established good relations with Ronald Reagan, the US president in 1984. There were those who believed Reagan was going to encourage Canada to join the US in a war with Russia. Judging from the comic strip, I suppose Lynn Johnston shared that belief.
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    You might also wonder why Elly Patterson is trumpeting the “Make Love, Not War” theme of her generation, when it was an anti-Vietnam War slogan and Canada did not participate in the Vietnam War. Canada was heavily involved in the war in other ways than militarily. Lynn Johnston may be remembering an organization in her home of Vancouver called the Vancouver Committee to Aid American War Objectors and others like it which sprang up in the late 1960s as the Canadian opinion about the Vietnam War turned.
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    You might be confused why Lynn Johnston is equating the “leather and bizarre makeup” of Michael’s proposed Boy George costume with angry kids. I have no idea. There are many things I associate with Boy George, but I don’t get anger out of “Karma Chameleon.”

  4. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, 11 months ago

    Boy George had a really smooth and calming voice. That song was a favorite of mine.

  5. flagmichael

    flagmichael said, 11 months ago

    Of the three imminent unrestricted nuclear war events of the last half of the 20th century, the only one that was publicly known at the time was the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. That was the closest Canada has ever been to nuclear annihilation and known about it publicly. That preceded the “make love not war” slogan by 5 years. I don’t understand the reference.

  6. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @howtheduck

    Or did the ‘anger’ reaction have more to do with Elizabeth’s punk costume? Couple with the traditional ‘previous generation’s bafflement with the next.’

  7. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, 11 months ago

    @howtheduck

    Thanks for the interesting background notes. Spot on.

  8. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Right. Foolish not to want to encourage even more weapons that destroy the entire world many times over. Anyone remember the old nuclear arms race analogy of the two cavemen who keep piling up bigger and bigger mounds of clubs against each each other? Of course, it kind of fell apart when you remembered that clubs, without being wielded, do little, But a bomb is a bomb at all times.

  9. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 11 months ago

    howtheduck: Remember the evil triumvirate well: Maggie, Ronnie, and Moronie.

  10. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 11 months ago

    @Thomas Scott Roberts

    Or did the ‘anger’ reaction have more to do with Elizabeth’s punk costume?
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    Possibly. I figured the “bizarre makeup” comment was a reference to Boy George, but there were some punk rockers who wore makeup too. We have yet to see if Elly prevents little LIzzie from wearing her punk rocker outfit, but we have already seen that Elly forced Michael to be Sherlock Holmes and not Boy George.

  11. D W

    D W GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @howtheduck

    However, don’t forget that during the 80’s the US led the buildup of military in Europe. This could be what the reference is to, but again it is forgetting the Vietnam war during their childhood period. This European buildup was based on the belief that a war with Russia was imminent at the time. At the height of build up, there were approximately 300,000 US service members in Europe. The area thought to be the planned route of attack was through the Fulda gap. On one side, the Russians had several divisions stationed, with the US having similar numbers. Part of the US defense was to heavily mine the area, in the event of an attack, to slow the Russian advance. There is book out regarding this information that is interesting.

  12. GrizzlyGary

    GrizzlyGary said, 11 months ago

    The Hippie generation taught MY generation a lot: Drugs is Great, personal responsibility is a myth, and hate the military/police because they risk their lives for us.

    As the Hippies slip into drug induced dementia, hopefully my generation will right the wrongs of their colossal screw ups.

  13. Old Timer

    Old Timer GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @D W

    Yes it was a big buildup, it was called “The Cold War” was it not.
    Both sides had enough weaponry to annihilate the entire world’s population many times over. As a result both sides knew that war was futile, and guess what? Yep war was avoided.

  14. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, 11 months ago

    @howtheduck

    “We have yet to see if Elly prevents little LIzzie from wearing her punk rocker outfit, but we have already seen that Elly forced Michael to be Sherlock Holmes and not Boy George.”

    Parental prerogative. That’s a parent’s job: to make decisions on behalf of children, in their best interest.

    Would I let my child dress as a punk rocker for Hallowe’en? Yeah, I might – but that might be wrong, in the long term.

    The kids don’t make the rules. Parents make them, and others need to butt out.

    Either butt out, or quit blaming parents for the failures of children and sabotaging their efforts by criticizing their efforts loudly in front of those children.

    You can’t have it both ways.

  15. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, 11 months ago

    @howtheduck

    “Canada was heavily involved in the war in other ways than militarily.”

    Apart, of course, from the boys who eagerly migrated south of the border to enlist. There were a good many Canadians serving in the US Military in Viet Nam.

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