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You know that famous quotation written by Martin Niemöller, a German who initially welcomed Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich…then turned against it when he realized what was coming. His quotation goes:

“First they came for the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.

“Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

“Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Well, guess what. Now, they’re coming for you. Or at the very least, they’re coming for your kids.

If you did not speak out when the Trump administration started separating families as a policy of cruelty to deter illegal immigration, except to say, “yay,” shame on you. You assumed that a cruel and heartless administration would only stick to their racist agenda and it wouldn’t affect you negatively because you look like them?

Yes, Donald Trump is a racist who is supported by fellow racists and others for whom racism is not a dealbreaker. But in addition to being racist and heartless, they’re selfish and greedy. This is when they come for you. And they’re coming for you and you don’t even know.

Donald Trump will force your children to go back to public schools before we’re ready for schools to open. If you honestly believe you can make elementary school children practice social distancing, then you have never met a child in your entire life. You probably don’t even remember when you were a child. Let me remind you in case you forgot; you were sneezy, snotty, and sticky. You were gross. The only way you can force kids to practice social distancing would be to place them all in cages. Let’s not give the Trump administration any ideas. Betsy DeVos doesn’t care for your children any more than Stephen Miller cares about brown ones.

Donald Trump doesn’t want schools to reopen because we’re ready or it’s best for the community you’re in. And you’re a special kind of stupid if you believe he actually cares for your children. The only reason Donald Trump wants the schools to reopen is so people can feel like things are going back to normal. It’s another way to practice denial about the extent of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a distraction to help reelect Donald Trump.

Benito Mussolino wasn’t just a fascist dictator. He was a total failure as a leader. He couldn’t employ his people, he couldn’t create jobs, he couldn’t stimulate his economy, and he couldn’t build a great military. His constituency would say, “At least he has the trains running on time.” Il Douchey can’t even do that. Donald Trump’s trains are public schools and Confederate statues.

The worst part of this might be the “new normal” makes the type of cruelty of sacrificing your children for Trump’s personal interest acceptable. Like violence on television, we’ve become desensitized to Donald Trump’s stupidity and cruelty. For example, did you know they’re still separating families? Did you think it quietly disappeared like the coronavirus was supposed to do last April? It didn’t.

There are still families being separated. There are still children alone, in cages, wondering where their parents are. There are still cases over this in courts. We just moved on from one outrage to another. Our focus shifts from whatever brand new cruel insanity Donald Trump is breaking out today.

If you didn’t speak out when Donald Trump forced children into cages, will you speak out when he forces your children into a covid cesspool? If you’re not speaking out even now, just imagine what you’ll have to speak out against if this works and Donald is reelected.

The same cruel assholes who forced migrant children into cages, who tore them apart from their parents, who forced children to go to court alone are the same cruel assholes willing to sacrifice your child for Donald Trump’s selfishness.

You’re late to the game, but you better start speaking out now. The question is: Will there be anyone left to speak for you?

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Say Hi To Grandpa


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A cartooning friend of mine, Marshall Ramsey, posted on Facebook today that one thing about this pandemic is that it’s showing our true colors.

Another cartooning friend, whom I won’t name, showed his true colors by posting a meme stating, “You are being conditioned to think that people who stand up for their freedoms are selfish, extreme, irresponsible, hateful, irrational, and lawless.” The only thing about this “friend” is that he’s been showing his true colors for years. He is selfish, extreme, irresponsible, irrational, and most of all, hateful. But most racist gun nuts tend to be that way.

You are NOT being brave by going out into the streets to protest. You are NOT standing up for your “freedoms” because nobody is trying to take away your “freedoms.” The only people who try to take away other people’s freedom is you. White conservatives, especially middle-age male white conservatives, believe they are the most persecuted people in the world. They also believe that anyone who complains that isn’t them are “snowflakes.”

They think you’re a snowflake if you want to control your own body. They think you’re a snowflake if you want equal justice for all. They think you’re a snowflake if you say “black lives matter.” They think you’re a snowflake if you don’t want babies thrown in jail. Then, they cry that the Super Bowl halftime show offended them.

I’ve also heard the term “sheeple” tossed at those who are staying home and believe it’s too soon to reopen the country. This was gone over months ago, but it bears repeating.

We are not just staying home for ourselves. We’re not staying home out of fear. We’re staying home to protect others. We’re staying home to save our nation. We’re staying home and making personal sacrifices for our nation. We’re staying home to protect the people we love. We’re staying home to protect people we don’t even know. We’re even staying home to protect all you stupid, racist, hateful protesting assholes.

When you wear a mask, you’re wearing it not so much for yourself, but more so for others.

When you’re storming the state capitol building, armed to your three teeth, not wearing a mask while screaming in the face of a police officer, you’re endangering other people. You’re threatening your country.

And now Donald Trump is calling us “warriors.” Well, Warriors, now is not the time to come out and play (like what I did there, geeks?). Donald Trump is using the term “warriors” to goad us into going back to work, school, shopping centers, and Trump rallies. He has established to himself and his base that there are a number of acceptable deaths to reopen the nation, bring back the economy, and save his reelection. That’s all it’s about for Donald Trump and his…sheeple. The only thing he hasn’t established is the number of deaths that’s acceptable. If you’re one of his sheeple, what’s your number? Who in your life are you willing to lose to give a racist narcissist four more years in the White House?

Speaking of the White House, where Donald Trump lives and from where he’s issuing the message to go back to work because it’s safe now: It’s not safe in the White House. He wants you to go back to back to the Cheesecake Factory while his office is becoming more contagious than a meat-packing plant.

To sum up, if you’re a Trump supporter screaming about reopening the nation, you are being selfish and hateful. And one more thing if you’re one of these people…

…say hi to Grandpa.

Creative note: Some cartoonists complain about cliches while other cartoonists base their entire careers on them. While sinking ships, mazes, and crashing Hindenburgs are thought to be the most overused cliches in the business, they’re not. The most overused cliche are cliffs. Things, people, lemmings, whatever going over cliffs is the biggest cliche in the political cartooning business. This also includes waterfalls. It’s so big that if you pay attention, you can’t go a week without seeing a cartoon featuring a cliff. Usually, conservative cartoonists are the biggest users of cliches, but every cartoonist draws cliffs. It’s kinda lazy.

Well, today I was a little lazy. I also admit I’m one of the biggest advocates for NOT drawing them. But, sometimes you break your own rules. My only defense is I last drew one in 2013, but I could be wrong. Now, I’ll try to go another seven years without drawing one.

So, it’s kind of a special day in that you’re getting two cartoons (the CNN cartoon already posted on social media) and me drawing a cliche.

Tip Jar: This pandemic is hitting everyone, including your favorite goofy cartoonist. I have lost clients and I’m afraid I might lose more. The PayPal button has always been included here for those who can and want to voluntarily support what I do. I understand this time is hard on everyone. If you can’t, don’t contribute. Take care of yourself and your family first.

But, all and any help is greatly appreciated and it helps keep me going. Think of me like a street performing busking out tunes on a corner (I won’t play “Wonderwall.” I promise). If you like the tune, or in this case, toon, throw a buck into the tip jar. It’ll help me play another song, draw another toon, write another blog, make another video, and post another snarky post on social media. It’ll help keep me alive. You can also order a signed print for $40. And if you don’t like the PayPal option, you can snail mail it to my P.O. Box. 

You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.

New Book: Tales From the Trumpster Fire

Watch me draw.