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Jim Morin

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  1. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, 11 months ago

    Seriously?

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 11 months ago

    @narrowminded

    I actually agree with you, NM.
    The cartoon is unhelpful, divisive, and out of context.
    The shutdown, according to the head of the IMF and other financial groups would be incredibly bad for the USA and the world, but there is no comparison with Syria and I the folks on my street who consider themselves part of the tea party do not deserve the caricature Mr. Morin has given them here.
    Sincerely,
    C.

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 11 months ago

    The picture of al-Assad with red hands is not proven.


    Best estimates are that a majority of those killed in the war were killed by the anti-government forces. For political reasons, the anti-government forces are called ‘rebels’ in the US/UK/French press, but Arabs say most do NOT have Syrian accents, so they’re not rebels but mercenaries paid by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. There is a lot of money involved, plus Saudi Arabia and Qatar are Sunni and the Syrian government is Shia.

  4. Kingoswald

    Kingoswald GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    A totally OTT and false analogy not worthy of Mr. Morin.

  5. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Actually I was going to comment that for once the tea party wasn’t portrayed as a lunatic with tea-bags hanging from their hats in all manner of jester attire. Whereas I looked at, considered and pondered the ‘toon and can’t come up with one bit of agreement regarding the connection, I thought the portrayal was at least different and maybe an improvement of the typical view of the TP. Sloppy and slovenly disheveled but dressed in the garments reminiscent of the upper crust, which many tea party members seem to either believe themselves to be or believe that they are one step away from becoming. And it is reported that the tea party darlings are some of the major voices behind shutting down the government. So if you can cut out the disconnected reference to assad, I think the tea party is portrayed well, if not cartoonishly exaggerated. But I do agree, to try and connect the tea party and their desire to shut down government as hostage to their petulance and harmful draconian demands to assad is distasteful, devoid of reason and certainly not connected with reality. At least not at this time.

    But it still begs the question, if the government is shut down except for “essential services” (like lawmakers pay) and we haven’t invaded, I mean bombed Syria yet, will that military action be deemed “essential services?” In another time, under a different party president I believe it would have despite it not being essential to this nation’s security.

  6. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    And just for the record, for any troll who might lash out in a moment of panic for not being able to refute the message and accuse me of supporting bombing Syria, I never have and under current circumstances never will. I have said it before and I will reiterate here, The United States should not be the world’s cop. It is time for other countries to take the lead, absorb the cost and provide the military

    We the United States of America need to set an example again for morality, justice, honor and minding our own business except when it affects OUR neighbors, friends and allies. And then we are should be a supporting force, NOT the primary force in their defense. And we certainly should not be the financier of any such actions. We cannot afford to ignore our own country, our own needs, our own infrastructure, our own people any longer. Certain factions, and not just political and not just republicans, would be happy to pillage and plunder what is left of this country and then abandon the shriveled up corpse for the next third world country. When our roads no longer can support the interstate transportation of trade, our rail lines can no longer pass safely through towns, our water supply is no longer safe to drink, our air is no longer safe to breathe (think China) and our ground is no longer safe to live upon. And do not think that this country could not devolve into third world status if we do not keep our tax dollars at home, regulatory restrain on those who wish to polute, destroy and disregard. We need torebuild our great nation. Our ancestors, our mothers, fathers, grandparents, great grandparents sacrificed much to build roads, bridges, sanitary water and sewer systems and research into health and technology, so this country could become great. It was with this infrastructure and research investment that we became the industrial powerhouse we were that provided so many the opportunity to work hard and grow rich. Our ancestors put that money in the bank and invested in their future generations. Well today’s society seems so self-absorbed, so greedy that all we can do is withdraw from that bank account and figuratively raise the third digit to our benefactors. Come on America, can’t we once again put country before self and vote for the good of all, not just the wants of the few?

  7. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    “Come on America, can’t we once again put country before self and vote for the good of all, not just the wants of the few?”
    Nah, we don’t do that around here anymore. Welcome to the Divided States of America, where our anthem is “This is MY country, NOT YOURS!”.

  8. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Shouldn’t that sign be dripping with blood. too?

  9. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    “Welcome to the Divided States of America”
    Agreed. Too bad each side only see the failing of the other side and nothing within their own camp. Like conservatives claim it is regulation killing jobs, like without regulations employers would treat employees fairly and provide safe working conditions. Or like liberals claiming… nah, I’m a liberal (I guess), I’ve got nuthin’ to support the conservatives on.

    Flame suit on…

  10. Stipple

    Stipple said, 11 months ago

    “Divided States of America”
    Assad is not the only cheering section. A divided America is a smaller America.
    Half undoing while half do, and swapping sides while its going on.
    I will not list all the countries that would like nothing more than the USA to shutdown over ACA,
    LOTS of them, and those that don’t normally care? They will line up just to watch the spectacle of the mighty falling to earth.
    .
    Divide the country, divide the resources, divide the military, divide the jobs, divide the money.
    All these are related, our divided country in not #1 when divided, more like #3 and #4.
    .
    I personally like fellow Americans better than foreigners and can swallow the differences to stay on top.
    .It has been good being king and I would like the USA to stay there.

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    While a bit “over the top”, I do have to agree with Morin’s point that “TEA party” types, and Republican obstructionists willing to shut down the government, DO hand power to our enemies, external and internal, out to destroy what America has, and should, represent to the world. “United”, is indeed anathema to their plans.

  12. Barc O'Dez

    Barc O'Dez said, 11 months ago

    Pretend your brother-in-law keeps hitting your spouse up for money, and s/he keep giving it to him because he’s family. He’s not a bad guy, is just always asking for hand-outs. You’ve been understanding, and for decades you’ve supported him. He’s living a pretty good life on your hand-outs, maybe not perfect, but decent. But a few years ago it got to the point where you’re giving him more than you take in. You have had to max out your credit cards, and take out a 2nd mortgage to support him because he just refuses to stop asking for more. You’ve tried to negotiate with him: A few times you’ve tried to scale back how much is given but every year you give in and give him just a little bit more. Even this year (although maybe not as much as he was asking for). You’ve suffered set-backs at work, there’s not as much income and your mortgage rate has increased. You’re barely making payments, paying all your debts and having enough left over to live on. Much longer and you’re going to start defaulting and getting calls from creditors. But your brother-in-law just keeps asking for more, more, more. Finally, you’ve had enough and start really screaming and yelling that it’s time to cut him off. You are the tea party.

  13. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 11 months ago

    @Barc O'Dez

    Barc O’Dez….
    that…. was… AWESOME.
    I can even relate to that story through friends and family. I have a relative who is out over 25k from trying to help people, and another who is out over 100k which was part of her retirement.
    You may have provided the best description of what the ‘best’ of the tea party is all about.
    Thank you for that ephiphany. I’m going to be thinking about that the rest of the evening and I’m cutting and pasting it to my politics file.
    Thank you,
    Sincerely,
    C.

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 11 months ago

    @Barc O'Dez

    quick note, I do have some nuanced disagreement where ‘details’ get involved, but the core message you present is beautiful.
    Thanks for the brain candy,
    C.

  15. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 11 months ago

    Why does the Tea Party hate America…

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