Pat Oliphant by Pat Oliphant

Pat Oliphant

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  1. SuperGriz

    SuperGriz said, over 4 years ago

    Too close to the truth.

  2. Prof_Bleen

    Prof_Bleen said, over 4 years ago

    Touché, Monsieur.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Him whose reading the golden plates in the hat?? Yes, Punk is absent, and I think because what Lincoln is saying is EXACTLY what Beck, and the “ten percenters” are after.

    This trumpet has been sounding since the primaries.

    It is time to differentiate between legitimate “free speech” and treason fomented by Armey, the Koch boys, JBS, Rove, Perle,and those put off by any cut taken from their profits, taken from the middle and little class folks. “Braveheart” William Wallace was also shafted by such cowards as active today for feudalism’s return.

  4. SuperGriz

    SuperGriz said, over 4 years ago

    I think today’s intent is much more ominous.

  5. zzazzenn

    zzazzenn said, over 4 years ago

    … indeed, and the violence has already begun …

  6. Matthew Thorn

    Matthew Thorn GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Ouch! I’m a big Pat Oliphant fan, but isn’t this going just a tad too far…?

    1) He’s doing what we criticize the Tea Partiers for doing by presuming to speak for long-dead national heroes, and

    2) he’s attributing to Beck the intention of inciting assassination, which is borderline libel.

    You can argue that Beck’s antics could and might inspire and embolden some lunatic assassin, but it’s another thing entirely to accuse Beck of intending to do that. Yeah, I know it’s an editorial cartoon, and I think editorial cartoonists should be allowed to draw and write anything, but I for one don’t want people in the Middle or the Right to think that this represents the thinking of those of us on the Left.

    And, yeah, I know the Tea Partiers (and Beck himself) regularly attribute evil intentions to people who oppose them–including the President–but shouldn’t we hold ourselves to a higher standard?

    Just saying.

  7. SuperGriz

    SuperGriz said, over 4 years ago

    Perhaps Beck is inviting somebody to shoot him. Sacrificial lamb and all that.

  8. rallen285

    rallen285 said, over 4 years ago

    More than borderline libel. This is disgusting and sick–accusing Beck of wanting someone to shoot the President is really off the wall. Shame on you!

  9. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 4 years ago

    They’ve gotten their followers to pipe-bomb mosques and oppose new mosques on bigoted grounds. There’s no reason to expect that their call for violence, and their calling Obama a Muslim, won’t have this effect.

  10. V W House

    V W House GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Oliphant expressed one of my greatest fears in this cartoon. Those who say “over the top” may not have noticed that the number of hate and paramilitary groups and individual open-carry types has grown fast since we elected President Obama. Some of these people have an agenda; others are just “ready for action.” Beck and Palin are leading the parade but the “kingmakers” funding them laid out the parade route. Let’s hope they fail.

  11. rallen285

    rallen285 said, over 4 years ago

    In the 60s, it was the far right racist and conservative John Birch society bigots who didn’t listen and engaged in libelous ad hominem attacks. Now, sorry to say, it’s the far left which stereotypes, is filled with hate, doesn’t listen, and engages in libelous ad hominem attacks (characterized by this name-calling and libelous “cartoon”). Two sides of the same coin. A pox on both the far right and the far left knee-jerk views expressed by Oliphant and those who applaud his sick implications.

  12. KamKat

    KamKat GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    One of my greatest fears also. There are too many people out there who feel they have the right to violently act alone when they disagree with our government. Where have honesty, spirit of national pride and cooperation to achieve our goals gone? Where did all the hatred come from? It is unbelievable that we have fallen so far during my lifetime. Working together and compromising to solve differences worked well for many years. Why not now? Let’s try it.

  13. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, over 4 years ago

    I didn’t watch the Beck rally but read quite a few comments upon what actually occurred. In reading the unabashed fear and hatred presented by many above and elsewhere apparently Beck is quite effective and may be accomplishing his goals.

    There is a disease of the left called oikophobia. Many of you out there really hate the US and our basic philosophy. Capitalism, the individual over society, merit based, family over government, rejection of a big “socialist” type government, success and failure, class system, minimal taxes, etc. You are much more comfortable with society as practiced in Europe before it began to collapse.

    It really is different here and the fact that since FDR our country has swung away from your core values is really bothersome. Obama was the solution to all your aspirations. Hope and Change. From the left he is a terrible failure but he is no more of a success to the right.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704147804575455523068802824.html

  14. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 4 years ago

    I love Oliphant, but I agree that this toon is over the top. I certainly worry that someone is going to take a shot at Obama, but I think it’s going too far to say that Beck wants someone to do it. There’s plenty to criticize about Beck without this.

  15. idres

    idres GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I was originally thinking that this might be over the top, but then again, I remember that Beck, on national television, has had skits about poisoning Nancy Pelosi, and pouring gasoline on congressmen and then lighting them on fire.

    Beck’s already suggesting stocking guns, and has had viewers try to storm military bases because he said that base was going to become a FEMA reprogramming camp.

    Oliphant, sadly, is right on the money.

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