Dilly Dilly

A Treasonous Cartoon


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It’s ironic that the symbol for the Republican Party is an elephant. An elephant is known for having a great memory, as in an elephant never forgets. Republicans, especially Donald Trump, have the worst memories.

They forget that illegal immigration decreased yearly during Obama’s presidency. They forget that unemployment, even black unemployment, was dropping for the past several years. They forget that the economy was increasing long before Trump took office. They forget that the stock market has been doing great for the past several years. Now that the stock market has had a couple of rough days, they’re forgetting there even is a stock market. Republicans denied the economy was doing better and faulted the economic indicators they’re citing today. Finally, they forget how they treated Obama.

Republicans complain that Democrats won’t give Trump a chance and all they do is obstruct his agenda. They forget all the conspiracy theories they created about Obama like he’s Muslim, a communist, or that he was born in Kenya. Who can forget Mitch McConnell’s statement that the Republican agenda was to make Obama a one-term president? They especially forget how they treated him during his State of the Union speeches.

It’s par for the course that the party out of power doesn’t applaud much during the president’s speech. During Obama’s first State of the Union, one Republican shouted: “you lie.” So it’s galling that for the past week they’ve been complaining about the Democrats lack of enthusiasm during Trump’s stupid speech.

Republicans have been going on and on about it. Fox News hasn’t shut up about it. Conservative pundits have been complaining about it. Every conservative political cartoonist has drawn about it. I know these people weren’t in comas during the Obama presidency because I heard them bitching every day. Bad memories.

During a speech Monday in Cincinnati, Trump attacked the Democrats for not applauding. He’s already lied about his SOTU speech, saying it was the most viewed in history. George W. Bush and Obama both had more viewers for their first SOTU speech. His speech in Ohio was remarkable for two reasons.

First, he was boasting about the economy and how he’s revived it while the stock market was plummeting by more than 1,000 points. Second, he accused the Democrats of treason for not applauding during his speech.

Trump argues that they sat on their hands while he was mentioning good news. I guess the Democrats didn’t want to clap when he was taking credit for Obama’s accomplishments.

Trump said, “Even on positive news, really positive news like that, they were like death and un-American. Somebody said treasonous. I mean, yeah, I guess, why not. Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.” People who truly love our country want to protect it from Trump.

Is this North Korea now where it’s treason if you don’t grovel to the Dear Leader? Will we all be forced to hang portraits of Trump in our homes, thus scaring children and small animals? Not only is Trump incapable of displaying how thin-skinned he is, he can’t refrain from expressing his desire to be an autocrat. He’s surrounded himself with too many people like Stephen Miller who said shortly after Trump first took office, “the president’s authority will not be questioned.”

Trump has called the press “enemies of the American people.” He’s attacked our judicial system. He has called for investigations into a political opponent. He’s attacking law enforcement officials for investigating him and trying to manipulate those agencies and eliminate their independence from the president. Trump is acting like an autocrat. Next in line for that is treason for those who don’t grovel before him.

I didn’t think the Democrats failing to clap for Trump was the most impressionable image from the SOTU speech. The most memorable for me was Trump clapping for himself. I’m sure it’s not the first time he got the clap.

For failing to clap for the president to be treason, Trump will have to become a dictator and change some laws. Right now, it’s impossible to commit treason in the United States.

Technically, the nation has to be at war for someone to commit treason. That’s the way the law is written. I’m not talking about combat situations we’re in. The United States has to be officially at war, which we haven’t been since World War II.

While nobody can be charged with treason, you can say someone acted out treasonous behavior. I don’t think failing to clap for Trump fits that description.

I think better definitions for treasonous behavior would be asking Russia to hack your political opponent, inviting Russians to Trump Tower to provide dirt on your political opponent, failing to enact sanctions on Russia passed by Congress and that you actually signed, or failing to protect the United States from Russia’s continuing attempts to disrupt our elections.

I could probably think of a few more, and if I can’t, I’m sure Trump will.

Creative notes: I drew a cartoon with “dilly dilly” about a month ago. It’s about played out. Though, when I was out watching the Super Bowl and the guy in the Bud Light commercial shouted “dilly dilly,” the entire bar returned the cheer. I was sitting next to a woman much older than I am, and she asked, “what’s dilly dilly?”

The expression, whatever it means, might be played out but I really liked including “pit of misery”.

The creation of this cartoon will be YouTubed at some point later Today. Dilly dilly!

Today’s YouTube Vid

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude

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The Federal Communications Commission has decided to repeal Net Neutrality. What is that? Net Neutrality is a set of rules put in place by the Obama administration that prohibit high-speed internet service providers, or I.S.P.s, from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites. They also prevent the companies from charging customers extra fees for high-quality streaming and other services. Sounds like a good thing, right? Well, say bye-bye.

Now, internet service providers can charge more to see certain content and even limit access to certain websites. If a provider doesn’t like some content, like it may contain facts it doesn’t want too many people to see, it can slow down the speed of that site. How many times have you ever visited a slow website burdened by stupid videos and pop-ups and decided the wait wasn’t worth your time? Oh, every day? Me too. Hopefully, you don’t have that problem with this site and the new video ads WordPress has chosen to display here (though it does give me a few bucks occasionally).

Now, why would the Trump administration want this? It’s not like Donald Trump understands a damn thing about Net Neutrality, or anything that actually exists. For Trump, it’s getting rid of another Obama policy. For the rich jerks that Trump works for, it gives them another opportunity to get richer. For right-wingers who may control internet access, it allows them to control what you can and can’t see. You’re never going to see the pee tape.

Breitbart loves this shit as it could limit access to not just liberal sites, but legitimate news outlets. They hate facts. But, as a column at Boing Boing (love that name) points out, Breitbart is too dumb to survive the Net Neutrality Apocalypse. For conservatives who love this ruling, they have to believe Republicans will control all three branches of government forever.

Google and Facebook are going to fight this and it will end up in court. If we’re lucky, it’ll turn out like most rulings do for Trump. He’ll lose. You may need to yell at some congressmen and senators though.

And, if you don’t…..DILLY DILLY!

Creative notes: I’m trying to get a little ahead for Thanksgiving. There’s food to eat and a couple of invites for me and I’d like to do something tomorrow other than sit in my room watching CNN all day with a cat on my lap. I will be drawing again tonight. I also need to draw a cartoon for Costa Rica, which should I should be doing by tomorrow morning but, I might be working on it tomorrow night. I am in the pit of deadline misery.

I’ve been wanting to use the “dilly dilly” thing ever since I saw that commercial. Another cartoonist actually beat me to it a couple weeks ago, but he used it for a sports cartoon. Dilly dilly is just so stupid, how can I not love it?

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.