Freedom Gas


And you thought “Freedom Fries” was ridiculous.

Back when we invaded Iraq and France thought it was a bad idea, conservatives initiated an I-Hate-France-And-All-Things-French campaign, forgetting that without France, we wouldn’t have won the American Revolution against our English overlords.

I never heard the term “frog” for the French until the Iraq war. Maybe I was sheltered. What I did start hearing though was “freedom fries” because we Americans are too fat to stop eating french fries but so stupid, that we had to rename them to consume them. It’s bad enough that the majority of us pour ketchup on the delicious creation. I’m just surprised we didn’t start referring to french toast as “freedom toast.” Keep in mind, this is a nation that insulted French people everywhere when we took the croissant and made the croissan’wich, which I have to admit, is delicious.

What happened then was that two House Republicans made the congressional cafeteria take “french fries” off the menu and relabel them “freedom fries.” They changed it back in 2006, about the time everyone except John Bolton realized France was right about the war in Iraq.

Now, a Department of Energy press release has referred to exporting natural gas from the U.S. as “spreading freedom gas throughout the world.” Another official from the same department, headed by Texan Rick Perry, used the term “molecules of US freedom.” No, none of this was from The Onion.

All of this is from the administration that refers to dirty coal as “clean coal.” There is no such thing as clean coal. The Trump administration and conservatives have waged a war on science. To confront climate change, first, we have to acknowledge its existence. Second, we need to stop glorifying fossil fuels that are destroying the planet.

I don’t believe we should be referring to an export from the U.S. as “freedom gas.” It only reminds the world that for the past two years, we’ve been exporting racist, stupid policies from a racist gasbag.

Creative note: The bulk of the coloring for this cartoon was done in a car on Interstate 95.

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  1. As usual, your insight has initiated a train of thought, this one being not greatly welcomed. It does however, explain the dour faces of those often standing behind the AIC (Asshole in Chief) on podiums across our once great nation.

    Just thinking about what noxious gases emanate from that blob compels me to run outside and take a deep breath of fresh, clean air. Obviously, I am not in DC.

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      1. Actually, I am on planet Earth. However, I am not in the nasty Northern Hemisphere. Down south there is plenty of clean, fresh air. The closer you get to Amazonia and away from congested and nasty cities, the better the air quality and for me, the overall quality of life.

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      2. With right wing anti-environment clowns like Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Iván Duque Márquez in Colombia, you are spot on. Bolsanaro wants to destroy Amazonia while Duque wants to frack the Hell out of Colombia. Their common goal is to enrich their buddies, and themselves, while openly rejecting science and the will of the people. Duque also wants to restart the war with the FARC and place hundreds of thousands of Colombians in harms way once again. They are both in lockstep with our Asshole In Chief.

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    1. Heck, instead of just changing the name, let’s use ‘Liberty’ to designate anything other than what we currently have, i.e. Liberty President (NOT 45*), Liberty Senate (NOT GOP-Controlled), Liberty Supreme Court (NOT GOP Flunky Majority), Liberty Media (NOT GOP Propaganda Ministry, i.e. FOXED UP NEWS, Limbaugh, Breitbart, Alex Jones, etc.)

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  2. When I first saw this, I hoped it was a sick joke and I could avoid the projectile vomiting, but no, he and his have plumbed new depths…. There’s our plastic junk in the Mariana Trench, and this crew is rapidly heading for the center of the earth, where Dante tells us that Satan is chewing on traitors…. I can’t take much more, I truly cannot.

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