McCain Cartoon, Part Deux


I know most publications won’t be able to run the previous cartoon I drew on John McCain, but would still want a cartoon on the subject. To show my clients I’m not entirely insane, I drew another that’s a bit safer. While it may not be a sappy, sentimental, Heavenly Pearly Gates cartoon (which editors love), it’s something they can use without being over the top and it makes an actual statement.

I drew a cartoon very similar to this one in 2016 after Nancy Reagan died. But, that was two years ago. I can say it again. At that time, I felt the GOP was turning into a party of extreme wackos thanks to the Tea Party and Trump supporters. Now, I feel the situation is more drastic as the party has become the party of Trump, which resembles a religious cult more than a political party.

A lot of Americans want our nation to be more than a two-party system. They want to see third and fourth parties, such as the Greens and Libertarians gain strength. Some people will vote third-party, even if they don’t agree with the platform, in hopes that their vote will help change the system.

I believe in checks and balances. Even though I’m more liberal than most people, I think even liberals should be held in check. I don’t want one party to control all three branches of government without being challenged. While I want a liberal majority on the Supreme Court, I still want dissenting views.

Now, we don’t even have two parties to choose from if you want to vote responsibly. While one party is arguing about how far left they should go, the other party has abandoned the rule of law and refuses to hold a president in check out of fear of his sycophantic supporters. Our only hope is that this midterm election is so devastating to Republicans that they cease the Trump worship. With the death of John McCain and the retirements of anyone else in the GOP willing to criticize Trump, we’re left with a Republican Party that’s putting cult of personality over our nation.

Who is left in the GOP to call out the extreme, the racist, the sycophants, or even those who promote torture? Will the GOP be buried with McCain?

Maybe the only way to prevent the Republican Party from complete destruction is to bury them this November.

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  1. John McCain began this whole Party of No-Nothings when he took on Sarah Palin as VP candidate. He then did NOTHING to keep Trump/drumpf in check except ONE VOTE . . . he’s not quite the peacetime ‘hero’ he is being made out to be.


  2. If by “arguing how far left they should go” you think there’s some question as to (1) whether the country should spend the money to educate its populace so that they no longer fall victim to con-men and grifters, and never again make the mistake of placing conscienceless people in positions of power… (2) whether we should feed our children and protect the elderly, take care of our veterans, and assist those who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times… (3) whether we should repair and keep our roads and bridges and other infrastructure in good condition… frankly it never even crossed my mind that these would ever be considered “left” positions. I just always figured they were American positions.

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  3. Kary Jastrow OK, McCain died. At least the republicans get their seat back. He did not die in action nor did he ever serve honorably. He was not a “war hero”. He was a disgrace as a US senator. He was going to be court martialed when he got back from Vietnam but his father stepped in saved his ass and he became decorated instead…he was not a republican…he was a war monger. He voted against getting rid of Obamacare, was an obstructionist to Trump…also was part of the phony Russian dossier AND being so sick should have stepped down a long time ago and let the republican governor of AZ pick his replacement. Most likely his wife gets it which is how the dope in MO McCaskill got her seat when her husband died. McCain IS the poster child for TERM LIMITS!! He did something like 40 years in the senate and all because in AZ they have a cross vote primary. It’s been Democrats for 15 years that have kept him in that seat because they voted for him in the primaries!
    His father was the Admiral in charge of the Pacific fleet prosecuting the war in Vietnam.
    Becauseof this he got preferential treatment in the Navy. He was allowed to become a Navy pilot. But he was a terrible pilot.
    He crashed two navy Jets in his early career. Then while aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Forrestal, he got angry because he had to wait in line to take off on a bombing run.
    He shut off his engines, opened the cockpit, and in his haste to exit the aircraft to chew someone out about his having to ” wait”, he hit the button that released his live bombs onto the deck of the Forrestal.
    He took off running, as the bombs exploded, which set off a chain reaction of bombs from adjacent aircraft, and the ensuing explosions and fires killed 133 sailors aboard the Forrestal.
    While his fellow sailors were fighting the fire, he went to the pilot’s lounge below decks and watched the men fight the fire on closed circuit TV.
    Hours later, he took off with a New York Times reporter buddy of his, and went on to say that after seeing the effects of those bombs on the Forrestal, he was beginning to question the morality of dropping those bombs on the Viet Cong.
    He was the direct cause of 133 deaths on his own ship, and was never reprimanded. He was nowhere to be found as the Forrestal had to limp to the Philippines for months of repair work.
    He was married then. His wife was stricken with debilitating injuries in an automobile accident, and while she was hospitalized for more than 5 months, was off gallivanting with anything in a skirt.
    Upon returning from Vietnam Nam, he found his wife was disfigured by her injuries, which included a shattered pelvis, arm, and legs. In order to save her legs, doctors performed 23 surgeries on her, and had to remove significant portions of the bones in her legs, which left her shorter, and unable to walk, and in a wheelchair, she had to use a catheter.
    McCain was disinterested in his first wife’s predicament. She had to go through grueling physical therapy to learn to walk again.
    After he left the Navy, he was intent on a career in politics. He and His wife had gotten to know Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and he was eager to jump into politics.
    But he decided he needed a more visually pleasing young woman by his side. He callously divorced Carol, the mother of his three children, and immediately jumped into the sack with new wife Cindy, who was 18 years younger.
    Upon learning of this, the Reagans were shocked and angered by how he had treated Carol.
    While campaigning for congress, he used pictures of himself posing with Mr. And Mrs. Reagan, but there was no hearty endorsement offered by the Reagans.
    His new young wife was also an heiress to an Arizona Brewing fortune.
    And let us not forget he was one of the Keating 5, who had helped swindle life savings from countless Americans in the Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980’s. He was in it up to his eyeballs.
    Yet he was well-connected in Washington, and parlayed his connections into a seat in the United States Senate.
    So before the tearful tributes start, be sure you remember the facts about this self-proclaimed Maverick. The facts do not agree with that portrait of a heroic patriot and great American.
    With due respect to his family, he was never the great man so many portray him as.
    I do not wish the man any harm or ill-will. But neither should we allow this false narrative fairy-tale about this scoundrel of a man as he faces his eternal fate.
    And now you know the whole story. Donald already knew the story. So when he was called a draft Dodger just remember there are 133 dead navy sailors that probably wish he had been a draft Dodger rather than an Admirals son. #effmccain


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