I make those Two Party Opera comics
By the way, in case anyone thinks that this is not something he would actually say, here’s Benjamin Franklin from the debate transcripts, July 20, 1787:
“History furnishes one example only of a first magistrate being formally brought to public justice. Every body cried out against this as unconstitutional. What was the practice before this, in cases where the chief magistrate rendered himself obnoxious? Why, recourse was had to assassination, in which he was not only deprived of his life, but of the opportunity of vindicating his character. It would be the best way, therefore, to provide in the Constitution for the regular punishment of the executive, where his misconduct should deserve it, and for his honorable acquittal, where he should be unjustly accused.”
Until there’s a successful removal – the entire impeachment process ultimately has a toothless precedent. But it’s what we got.
That’s the part that has really surprised me- just how many Democratic candidates are for the public option as the “moderate” option. If the activists back in 2008/12/16 had not pushed as hard as they did on healthcare, the moderate position now would be much more conservative.
It’s proof that the best strategy is to start from the progressive ideals and not try to appeal to an undefined and nonexistent “middle ground.” Let that come out of the actual lawmaking process, but you first have to fight like hell.
I’ve been wanting to bring in the “captains of Industry” for awhile. A daunting task since Rockefeller is such a difficult face since he looks completely different with a mustache and I wanted to stay true to Ida Turbell’s description of him of a “living mummy.” J.P. Morgan was the easiest to get where I wanted to take it. for a lot of obvious reasons.
And thank you both! All those years I spent working as a live caricature artist at Six Flags and various state fairs have paid off!
Yes but neither one has qualified for the December debate (yet?)
Update from the Campaign – Brian Carroll for CA-30:
Right now, we’re up against our first major hurdle – the filing deadline for getting on the ballot is this Friday, December 6. Because California moved next year’s primary up to Super Tuesday, all the other deadlines moved up along with it. If you’re able to donate to our campaign, please consider doing it this week, as we’ll need to funds to make sure we can pay the filing fee and have some flexibility to forge ahead! Any amount will help us to our goal: briancarrollforcongress.com
It’s comic 750 and you know what that means! The Two Party Opera Activity Page!
Here’s a printable version: http://twopartyopera.com/misc/2PO_activitypage07_01.pdf
And the solution is to tell people to give in to cynicism? To play it safe?
No one knew Obama was for sure going to win in 2008. Sure, the economy collapsed practically the day before Election Day and Sarah Pailin was a lunatic, but we didn’t know for absolute certainty that Obama had it.
It’d be one thing if Obama would tell us what policies specifically he is telling us are “too far-left.” But for him to speak in broad terms is just to introduce cynicism when we’re already beat down.
And again, I like Obama, but he’s not above criticism and he doesn’t get blind loyalty just because he’s the one who said it. Americans want to believe in something and we should fight for policies and leaders that encourage that and believe in the best of us. That’s what was so good about Obama for so long.
Reverse engineer it: should we have backed a more moderate candidate in 2008 because of vague fears of electability and a third Republican term? We forget that the stakes were just as high, only the injustices were more hidden because Bush knew how to keep them quiet.
Obama benefitted (and still benefits) from the very hope that he’s now saying we’re too naive to believe in. And I think it’s worth poking a hole in.
I was generally happy with how much the Obama administration was able to accomplish but that’s mainly because I always saw him as a progressive pragmatist but he always used language to keep us focused on pushing further on what was possible and that the fight was worth it despite process and compromise.
It was all still from a perspective that we should dream and fight even if we don’t always get everything.
I agree. But we also should respectfully push back when it’s warranted.