We needn’t help kleptomaniacs; they have always helped themselves.
Who writes this sloppy dialog? The second panel should be “How can only $200 enable you to open a jewelry store?” The play is all on two of the various meanings of the word “open”. Apt dialog would not have tipped readers off to the third panel’s punch line; indeed, it would have sucked them in even deeper.
Zoturdly, please, for God’s sake, tell me and the rest of the otherwise intelligent, educated, experienced world what Ramirez "nailed.’ What do you believe Ramirez’s message is? I am among the baffled, confronted by what seems to be an utterly meaningless Tableau vivant. Is it absurd and useless to expect Ramirez to make a clearly meaningful political statement in order to present an opinion vividly, not only to those who might agree with his take on things, but also to entice and prod those who might disagree, in an attempt to proselytize? What in God’s name is the ultimate point of a political cartoon other than to confirm a particular political opinion or belief while simultaneously to challenge opposing views? Why does Ramirez flout that time-honored tradition in favor of utterly ambiguous, even meaningless, drawings? My guess is that Ramirez simply draws something that contains elements touching on current political events, but which in the context created by Ramirez don’t actually portray reality or make a point. Instead, he simply puts his ambiguous drawings out there in hopes of letting his benighted and hopeful followers assign their own subjective meanings (each such viewer’s subjective meaning differing from every other viewer’s subjective meaning!) to the drawings and causing intelligent, educated, experienced readers to scratch their heads bewilderedly. Ramirez has Trumped Rorschach!
In his first inaugural address, FDR sought to reässure an anxious nation torn by fascism and economic inequality by saying, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is . . . fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.” FDR’s insightful understanding of our national peril and his assurance that together we can prevail is just as valid 88 years later as we face a newer, but just as parlous, economic and political threat. If we, the people, combine our collective intelligence, our diverse educations, and our vast experiences, we can prevail not only to benefit the nation comprehensively, but also through selfless trust and patient empathy to mend the rifts separating individuals, families, and groups personally.
I’m a patriot and I prefer to buy American when I can, but, when a job needs doing, I always opt for using the best equipment for the job rather than let a problem fester in the name of patriotism. In this case, a low-wing Piper cannot carry enough Fabreze to do what needs to be done. We could opt for a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy fleet. Each plane has a payload of 118 tons; however, a more efficient choice, not necessarily available, would be an Antonov An-124 Condor fleet, each plane’s capable of handling a payload of 150 tons. We’d need Vlad’s okay to borrow such a fleet, but he might be willing, given his need to mend fences after all his plans to continue corrupt our nation blew up in his face. Vlad needs to rejigger his “Plan B” in the face of what he must deem a nightmare: the effectiveness of TRUE democracy!
High praise, indeed! Thank you!
Yet again, Ramirez just doesn’t get it. When Twitter banned prominent, connected liars from its platform, the little blue bird became a phoenix, not a social-media casualty. Poor, poor, poor, ignorant Ramirez. I have no idea about his heritage, but I strongly suspect that, if Ramirez had been around in the late 30s, he would have enthusiastically ballyhooed Francisco Franco. Shame on Ramirez & his utterly flawed take on reality.
I certainly recognize the hopeful and fond nickname, but “Uncle Joe” is suggestive of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union’s tyrannical leader until 1953. During Stalin’s more than 32-year-reign, his policies, including genocide, doomed 20-25 million to death, compared to Hitler’s 11 million.
Let’s hope Leo’s wrong insofar as he anticipates Biden’s imminent sainthood. In Roman Catholicism, the Church can recognize sainthood only if the proposed saint is dead. I’ll cross (no pun intended) my fingers and wish VIRTUAL sainthood on President Elect Biden; however, in fifty years, perhaps Leo’s good wishes will come to fruition. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy having a president who will, in his quiet moments, pray for America, rather than PREY ON AMERICA.