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Tom Toles

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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The party of NO ideas.

  2. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    The party of stale, ideas of the 1860’s, trying to change the tune but not the message.

  3. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 1 year ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Now, that’s not fair. The GOP of the 1860s believed in civil rights, infrastructure improvements, a strong federal authority to protect ALL citizens, etc., and were thus hated throughout the South. The only thing the GOP of today shares with the GOP of the 1860s is a belief that Democrats are traitors and unAmerican. After all, the Democrats of the 1860s questioned the Illinois president’s legitimacy, supported states’ rights to oppress minorities (among other things), were the only party white southerners would support, etc.

    I am not making this up, though I am exaggerating. Change your partners, do-se-do. And this is as it should be. With a two-party system, the parties should NOT have principles. They should have inclinations and preferences, which make co-operation possible, rather than cast-iron principles to that make them incapable of the negotiations and compromises actually necessary to govern. In a system of proportional representation, such as you find in just about every other democratic republic, the parties are numerous, and principles make more sense.
    The more ideologically rigid a party, the fewer people it actually represents, but in a two-party everyone is compelled to either (a) make their vote irrelevant, or (b) vote for a party that only partly represents their values. This is why so many of us think we are voting for the lesser of two evils. Would we still feel that way if there were ten parties, and one of them was a more exact fit for us? I know lots of folks who would vote for a Libertarian party but feel obliged to vote (holding their noses) Republican. Just as I know many folks. who vote Democratic with equal reluctance.
    Anyway, would it not be better if the two parties were both broadly centrist, and acted a rival teams rather than like a pair of opposed religious sects.

  4. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    In my lifetime I remember a GOP that was more of a “loyal opposition”, willing to compromise to try and move their agenda. With the rise of Rush/Fox/etc., the Republicans have become more ideologically rigid, which has forced the Democrats/liberals to become the same. Does anyone believe the Tip O’Neil/Ronald Reagan compromise could have happened in today’s milieu?

  5. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 1 year ago

    Too much was made of Rubio reaching for the water.
    Disagree with his ideology.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    @edinbaltimore

    Or even Clinton/Gingrich.

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    Another inane taking a drink of water cartoon. I’m beginning to believe these guys are in cahoots on their subject matter. They can’t possibly really believe that this topic is newsworthy.

  8. Jase99

    Jase99 said, over 1 year ago

    @edinbaltimore

    “Does anyone believe the Tip O’Neil/Ronald Reagan compromise could have happened in today’s milieu?”

    In today’s political climate, Ronald Reagan would have to run as a Democrat and would be reviled as a communist by the Republicans and their ilk.

  9. Jase99

    Jase99 said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    “Republicans don’t drink liberal kool aid.”

    No, they have that “special” tea.

  10. Michyle Glen

    Michyle Glen said, over 1 year ago

    @Jase99

    I want to know what’s in that bottle??
    Probably 30 year old Scotch.

  11. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 1 year ago

    That happen about 10 years ago with Bush’s Medicade system.

  12. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, over 1 year ago

    Again the fiscal cliff looms dead ahead
    ‘Tis stiff-necked breed of Congress that I sing
    And We the People positively dread
    Bare ruined brains where thoughts never take wing
    \
    Not one in all the Capitol will seek
    A compromise where both sides bend a bit
    Committee chambers absolutely reek
    Of stench of failure, or perhaps of…..it
    \
    Both sides will gird themselves for brutal war
    Career politicos of endless years
    On every fire they kerosene will pour
    And burn the nation down around our ears
    \
    I’d just as soon be stoned or thrashed with sticks
    Then suffer through these modern politics

  13. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 1 year ago

    The party of no. No. NO. NONONO. When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Doughfoot

    I said their ideas were from the 1860’s but not the party from that time.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Rickapolis

    The extreme of the extreme among the Republicans are the Tea Party types like Rand Paul who wants the “sequester” to happen.

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