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Gassy Republicans


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While chomping on some two dollar street tacos last night at a nearby Mexican restaurant, I was thinking about the gas shortage. It’s the thing everyone is talking. A couple of guys near me and the bartender were talking about how bad the lines were getting here locally, despite the fact there really isn’t a gas shortage.

DarkSide, a brand new criminal gang from Russia that may be Eddie and the Cruisers or Darth Vader fans, conducted a ransomware hack into Colonial Pipeline, which flows nearly half the gasoline for the eastern United States. Immediately, people started freaking out and forming long lines at gas stations, filling tanks, cans, and even barrels (one photo circulated of someone putting extra gas into freezer bags).

Immediately, conservatives started blaming President Biden, comparing him to President Carter, and demanded that our nation have energy independence.

There was a supposed gas shortage in 1979 due to the Iranian Revolution. Gas prices shot up here in the United States despite the fact at the time, we only got five percent of our oil supply from Iran. We were exporting more oil in 1979 than importing (In case you’re a Republican, “export” is when you send out and “import” is when you bring it in). Global supplies only decreased by four percent. It’s funny Republicans are mentioning Jimmy Carter when talking about a 1970s gas shortage, because it also happened in 1973 (In case you’re a Republican, 1973 was in the 70s) when Richard Nixon, a Republican, was president. This was due to an embargo by OPEC, holding up oil imports to nations supportive of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. Because we did not have energy independence, we had long gas lines. Oil shot up from $3.00 a barrel to $12.00 a barrel. Today, oil is around $64.00 a barrel.

According to yokels on social media, gas went up ten cents a gallon at the pump yesterday. Let’s say your car can hold up to 13 gallons of gas. In case you’re a Republican, that would add up to $1.30 more than you would normally pay.

In 1990, oil prices shot up from $17.00 a barrel to $36.00 after Saddam Hussein invaded fellow OPEC member Kuwait. Oil production did decrease but we never had an actual shortage. Western oil companies should have sent Saddam thank-you cards and bouquets for that one. And while we didn’t actually run out of gas, the short spike in prices contributed to the recession that made George H.W. Bush a one-term president. Maybe Bill Clinton should have sent Saddam a bouquet.

Now it’s happening again. People are freaking out over this hack even though oil hasn’t been disrupted. There is no shortage and there is no decrease in the flow along the eastern seaboard. But people are rushing out to make gas 2021’s toilet paper.

If only we had energy independence. Oh, wait. We do. Don’t you Republicans remember praising Donald Trump for making us energy independent? That means we get most of our energy from ourselves. Even before we achieved independence from foreign nations, we received very little oil from the Middle East. Most of it came from Canada. But Donald Trump was taking credit for making us energy independent and the GOP was heaping praise on him for it. Only thing is, we achieved energy independence during the Obama administration. Whoops. But that’s OK. Republicans LOVE taking credit from a Democrat and giving it to a stupid racist Republican who can’t spell “energy independence.”

Hey, Republicans. Another good way to achieve energy independence would be to decrease our need for oil. We could always increase green energy and all start using electric cars. I know. You still think wind turbines freeze in Texas. But wouldn’t your monster truck look badass with a wind turbine mounted on the hood?

It’s also funny Republicans are blaming President Biden. While Obama was president, Republicans were critical of him because they thought he was slow cleaning up their economic mess. How many times did you hear, “Slowest recovery ever” from the Party of No? Then, Trump waddles into office, with help from Russia, and Republicans start talking about the “economic miracle” he inherited. Except, they never mentioned he inherited it. Then, Trump watched the economy tank from a pandemic he politicized.

Now, Republicans are blaming President Biden for Trump’s mess. They’re screaming about jobs and inflation, a situation that started under Trump. And they get to go after him for long gas lines from a hack inflicted by Donald Trump’s friends. Somebody should call Donald Trump and ask him if he sent the hackers…because he has a history of sending goons to attack the United States.

Republicans probably don’t have time to ask Donald Trump about sending more terrorists to attack our nation because they’re too busy destroying Liz Cheney for criticizing Donald Trump for sending terrorists to attack our nation.

There’s also irony in that Liz Cheney is being punished for taking a stand, stating the truth that the election wasn’t stolen, and the Republicans are doing it with a secret vote because they’re all too cowardly to take a public stand.

People, these gas lines will be gone next week. There is not a gas shortage. But, if you run out of gas, there is a real problem because there are fuckers out there stocking up for a shortage that doesn’t exist. How much are you willing to bet that the people hoarding gas, filling tanks, barrels, cans, and even Ziploc guy, are all Republicans?

Creative note: Last week, my first idea on Liz Cheney involved her being burned at the stake. Then I realized, other cartoonists would do that same idea. It’s kinda lame. And then, other cartoonists did the same idea. They also had her hanging on walls and walking planks. It’s why I don’t go with my first idea. Then last night, I thought this would turn the burning-at-the-stake idea on its head.

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Trumping Lincoln


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The Republican Party is not the party of Lincoln anymore. It’s now the party of Trump. They’re not even the party of Teddy Roosevelt or Eisenhower anymore. Even the more conservative Reagan doesn’t fit today’s Republican Party. Even Richard Nixon isn’t corrupt and dishonest enough for today’s GOP.

My friend and a guy whose work I often criticize, Michael Ramirez, wrote a long, painfully-detailed column on Facebook explaining to his fans why he stands with the truth, why he refuses to carry the lie that Trump won the election, had it stolen from him, or that anyone but Trump supporters attacked our nation’s Capitol building. In the column, he writes how his party, the GOP, is on the right side of the issues and the majority of Americans are with them. He’s wrong.

Michael has been long recognized for how talented he is. He has two Pulitzer Prizes. He’s very intelligent and his column is extremely eloquent…as though he went to great lengths to be eloquent. But, no amount of brains is going to save you when you’re as hyper partisan as he is and you’re bullshitting your balls off (I am less eloquent).

If you have to explain your stance in not accepting a lie to your lying party, maybe you’re in the wrong party.

Mike swings from refusing to accept the Big Lie to using the Big Lie to justify voter suppression laws. He wrote, “We don’t need to lie or deceive ourselves to win” and follows that with, “The truth is, conservative policies work and theirs do not.”

No, conservative policies don’t work. Did that huge Trump tax cut for asshole billionaires, trust-fund babies, and corporations work? Did it reduce the deficit? Did the “trickle-down” theory put more money in the middle class’ pocket? No, it did not. How about those two tax cut for asshole billionaires to finance two wars? What about all the racist policies?

Republican policies attract Nazis and Klansmen. Mike is right to accept that it was Trump followers who attacked the Capitol but he didn’t recognize them as terrorists. When you attack a government in a bloody coup attempt to overturn an election, you’re a fucking goddamn terrorist.

The fun part of his column were the comments from his readers. Most reject that President Biden won. They reject the truth. Some argue there’s no way a failed racist stupid fast-food peddling game show host could lose an election because they saw so many pro-Trump signs in their neighborhoods. How could a guy lose an election after trashing the economy and doing nothing while watching hundreds of thousands of Americans die from a pandemic he politicized and lied about? How could Trump lose the popular vote to Joe Biden after losing it to Hillary Clinton? How could a guy who repeatedly chose Putin over America be rejected by American voters? How could an impeached president (sic) lose an election while on his way to a second impeachment? It boggles the mind.

To reject that Biden won the election is to reject democracy. Oh, Republicans love democracy until they don’t get what they want.

A majority of Republicans believe Donald Trump won the election and somehow President Biden stole it with the help of Republican leaders in states like Georgia and Arizona. The party is about to oust Liz Cheney from leadership, not because she doesn’t support Republican policies, but because she refuses to support the Big Lie.

Here’s the question for Republicans like my friend: If you don’t want to be in a cult, then why are you a Republican? It seems you would have quit when the Nazis came knocking.

Creative note: I wrote this cartoon in the middle of last week and thought my editor at CNN might like it. He loved it and approved it around 10:00 AM Friday morning. I dug it too and took my time with it. A few cartooning colleagues have patted me on the back for it which I truly appreciate it. Even though we’ve all been to the site, I used a great black-and-white photo for reference from the New York State Archives I found while doing a Google image search. This is a case where I’m really satisfied with a cartoon and will check it months down the line to see if I still like it.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: I have Three copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Evil Flying Hater Poop Machines


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If you’re still having a public squabble and hissy fit over being banned from Facebook, you don’t deserve to be president. And that’s the topic I originally intended to cover today, but after this flying monkey idea flew into my head, I couldn’t let it go.

Liz Cheney is most likely going to lose her leadership position in the House because Donald Trump has sent his flying monkeys to destroy her. Accidentally speaking on a hot mic, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made it clear he wants her gone. If he wants her gone, she’s gone. And all of this is because she won’t support the “Big Lie” that the election was stolen from Trump or the talking point he’s not responsible for all the MAGA terrorists attacking the Capitol.

While Liz Cheney won’t goosestep with her cult, er…party regarding the Big Lie and its support of white nationalist terrorism, she is in lockstep with them on virtually every other issue.

Her party doesn’t have a problem that she opposes same-sex marriage, which she does despite having a lesbian sister.

Her party doesn’t have an issue that she wants the grey wolf taken off the endangered species list. She also opposed the grizzly bear being returned to the Endangered Special Act, saying it wasn’t based on “science or facts.” She favors murdering endangered animals and raping national parks for energy companies.

She joined her party in accusing FBI agent Peter Strzok of planning a “coup” against then-candidate Trump in 2016. While she voted to impeach Trump in 2020, she voted against the first one despite him being guilty of asking a foreign nation to meddle and help his reelection.

Liz Cheney was more than fine with Trump’s family-separation policy at the border. She never spoke out against parents losing their children, babies being thrown into detention centers, or children being forced to go to court alone to defend themselves. She loves Donald Trump’s racist border wall.

She never questioned Donald Trump’s grifting of our government. She never went after him when he chose Putin over U.S. Intelligence.

She didn’t oppose Trump’s Muslim ban.

When Turkey invaded Kurdish territory in Syria attacking our allies after Trump pulled U.S. troops out of the area, Cheney blamed the invasion on Democrats’ impeachment of Trump.

She supports Israel annexing more of Palestine.

Cheney called for the Trump Justice Department to investigate foreign meddling by Russia and China to influence, not the 2016 presidential election, but environmental groups like the Sierra Club, Sea Change, and the National Resources Defense Counsil.

Liz Cheney is anti-choice, anti-healthcare, anti-education, anti-environment, anti-civil rights, anti-women’s rights, anti-gun control, and anti-social security. She may oppose the Big Lie, but I haven’t heard her oppose changing voting laws, designed to make voting harder for black voters, based on the Big Lie.

Trump might be angry at her, but she supported Donald Trump giving himself a huge tax cut. She opposes corporations paying more in taxes…or in most cases, any taxes.

And while she opposes the conspiracy theories that Donald Trump won the 2020 election, she has supported the conspiracy theories that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. She once gave the keynote address at a dinner hosted by the Center for Security Policy, which is a conspiracy group that’s been labeled as a hate group, and is led by Frank Gaffney, who once compared Muslims to termites. Cheney never criticized him for comparing human beings to termites.

As the flying monkeys swarm over Liz Cheney, keep in mind…she’s a flying monkey too. She just pissed off the Wicked Witch.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: I have Three copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Liz-Aid


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I have to get my second vaccination this morning. I’m going to do that first, get a money order for my rent, then return and write today’s blog…if I’m not on my ass. Check back later today.

It’s later today:

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants his party to retake the House in 2022. He believes the only way to do that, isn’t just by enabling Donald Trump’s lies, but attacking anyone who speaks against his lies.

The GOP already has gerrymandering to help them retake the House. Red states like Texas, Florida, and North Carolina are getting new congressional seats and that will help them too. They’re changing voting laws to make it more difficult for black people to vote, which will also help them. So you would think McCarthy wouldn’t need to debase himself by groveling to the Trump base. Except, McCarthy is a Republican and most of that party has abandoned principles.

And it’s not just members of the House engaging in the Big Lie that Donald Trump won the election and it was stolen from him. Senator Mitt Romney was booed last week at a Republican event in his home state of Massachusetts, or Utah…or whichever one it is this week. They booed him because he voted to convict Donald Trump.

Republicans are pushing the Big Lie and gaslighting the January 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol that Donald Trump instigated. While Democrats want an independent commission to study the attack, McCarthy and Republicans want to deflect by making Black Lives Matter and Antifa “violence” a part of the study.

Here’s a fact: The attack on the Capitol was conducted by white racist terrorists instigated by Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter and Antifa didn’t have a damn thing to do with it.

If Republicans have their way, an independent commission to study the attack on the Capitol will be about as independent as the Arizona recount being recounted by Republicans, Trump goons, GOP candidates who are on the ballots they’re counting, and MAGA terrorists.

Now, Wyoming’s lone representative, Liz Cheney, daughter of Daick, is demanding that the party have principles. Keep in mind, this is a person who verbally attacked LGBTQ in order to get elected and has a lesbian sister. But for Republicans, this is about as ethical as it gets.

The party that cries about “cancel culture” now want to cancel Liz Cheney. Cheney is speaking out against the Big Lie, saying the election wasn’t stolen, and the Capitol attack was Donald Trump’s fault. She said Donald Trump’s false claims are “poisoning our democratic system.” That might be where she messed up because Republicans care more about conspiracy theories than about our democratic system.

Cheney is the number three Republican in the House and survived a vote to remove her a few months ago after voting to impeach Trump. Reportedly, another vote may come up and this time, she’s not expected to survive. Matt Gaetz, before his sex scandal hit, even went to Wyoming in an ugly suit with his hair sticking up like Cameron Diaz’s in “There’s Something about Mary,” to campaign against her. Why is everything with that guy icky?

Steve Scalise, the number two guy, said about Cheney, “This idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where we are — and frankly, he has a lot to offer still.” The idea Steve Scalise can’t disregard a flagrant liar like Donald Trump who engineered a bloody coup attempt, is now where this country should be.

Today, Kevin McCarthy said on Fox News that any effort to get rid of Cheney isn’t about her vote to impeach Trump, but her “ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message.” That message is a message of bullshit.

Right now, there is more criticism and condemnation of Liz Cheney for speaking her mind than there is for Matt Gaetz, or Qanon fucknuts Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert. Next year, you can expect Donald Trump to rally against Liz Cheney in her reelection attempt. Right now, Cheney is fighting for her leadership position, but she may not even have a seat in the next Congress while lunatics like Gaetz, Greene, Boebert, and Jim Jordan are still there.

Kevin McCarthy doesn’t not have principles, ethics, or integrity. He attempted to exercise some integrity by blaming Trump for the terrorist attack, then quickly back-peddled when Trump expressed outrage. Then, he flew down to Mar-a-Lago for a Trump photo-op. McCarthy is a coward. He doesn’t actually believe the election lie. He knows Trump lost and Biden won, but he’s too much of a coward to state the truth. He’ll repeat any Trump lie to regain the House. He is worst than your average everyday enabler. He’s a party to the party of lies.

The majority of the party believe Trump won and the election was stolen. They’re idiots.

For me, the Democratic Party is not the solution to everything. I am a liberal but not a partisan. There are plenty of problems with the Democrats and they will never have my loyalty. But the Republican Party has stopped being one that’s just opposite on the ideas, but they’ve become a cult.

The Republican Party would take the presidency, the House, and the Senate, and then stack the courts, despite the fact fewer Americans will vote for them. They don’t care how they get power, just so long as they get it. And they don’t just oppose civil rights, free speech, a free press, women’s rights, reproductive rights, and wanna fuck with elections. No. They have become a party obsessed with worshipping a racist reality TV show host with a dead bleached skunk on his head and who supports terrorists.

The Republican Party will never be a party we can take seriously until they stop being the party of cult worship. And the cult of personality they’re worshiping is a very stupid personality at that.

The people enabling a lying racist who tried to overturn an election through a bloody coup attempt are the ones who should be up against the wall, not the person telling the truth.

Creative note: I know! It was Flavor-Aid. Every time I draw a Kool-Aid cartoon, someone wants to show off their big brain and inform all of us it was Flavor-Aid used in the mass suicide of Jim Jones’ cult. Actually, I have read it was both….but anyway, “Flavor-Aid” does not work for the cartoon. Informing me it was Flavor-Aid is almost as annoying as complaining about the ads on this site. If I see an ad for Flavor-Aid, I’m gonna lose it.

Also, I stared at this idea for about an hour this morning until I gave up on waiting for a better idea. Walking back from the clinic, I got an idea I like a lot better. I’m really kicking myself for not doing that one even though this cartoon has over 300 shares on Facebook.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: I have Three copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Racist Country


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Republican Senator Tim Scott was chosen to deliver his party’s response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress. In his speech, Scott said, “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”

Republicans, who struggle with race, rallied around this message in hopes that we can finally stop talking about race so they’ll be left alone to create racist legislation.

If America is not a racist country, at the very least, the Republican Party is a racist party. Proof of this is they chose their one black senator to deliver the message that they’re not racist. It’s not like they said, “Hmmmm….which one of our many black members should we choose to deliver this address?” And to be a successful black Republican, you have to echo racist Republican talking points. And for those few black Americans who are Republicans, some have found it to be very profitable to be the GOP’s black friend. Isn’t that right, Candace Owens?

Candace Owens used to be a liberal until she cashed in her principles to be the Republican black friend. Republicans will pay a black person to say they’re not racist. Ever see a Trump rally on TV? Ever notice there’s always a black person in the audience behind Trump? That’s the Republican black friend of the day and they’re using him to show the party’s diversity, even though there are no black Republicans in the crowd standing in front of Trump. But at least they got the one black guy on TV.

Senator Tim Scott told us Wednesday night America is not a racist country. Another time he gave a speech at the Capitol was about how he couldn’t walk through the Capitol without police stopping and harassing him…probably because we live in a racist country.

Tim Scott is to the Republican Party what Chris Rock is to every Adam Sandler movie. He’s the one black guy. Or, Tim Scott is like the one black guy in Sha Na Na, or the one black guy on Barnie Miller, or that one black guy in Hootie and the Blowfish, or the one black guy in Star Wars, or the one black guy in the reboot of Star Wars, or the one black guy on the Supreme Court. What you don’t want to be is the one black guy in a horror movie (except George Romero zombie movies. The black guy is always the hero), because he’s always the first to die. Tim Scott, the Republican Party may not be a horror movie, but it is a shit show.

But you gotta hand it to Tim Scott. He’s chosen to be the Republican Senate’s token and he’s nailing it. He’s nailing it because just like all his white counterparts, his position is based on bullshit and ignores reality.

The problem for Republicans in shedding their image as a racist party is that they’re racist. I’m not saying every Republican is a racist, but every racist is a Republican. They draft policies racists love. They are on the same side as neo-Nazis and Klansmen. During the Capitol riot in support of Donald Trump, the terrorists were white nationalists. There were Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and One Percenters. If you want someone to think you’re a racist, put on a MAGA cap. And if you think Black Lives Matter is a Marxist or terrorist group, then you’re probably a racist.

Republicans tell us they’re not racist while sponsoring over 360 bills nationwide to make it harder for black Americans to vote. The entire lie the election was stolen from Trump is based on supposed illegal voting by black Americans. Other legislation Republicans are creating across the nation is to make it legal to kill black Americans for protesting.

President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris agree with Senator Scott that our nation is not racist. All three of them are wrong.

When one of our two major parties is racist, we are a racist nation. This nation was built on racism. Our Constitution was written with exceptions made for racists. Our electoral system is racist. We fought a war over racism and today, half the nation can’t admit it was fought over racism. During the last election, over 70 million Americans voted for racist Donald Trump. And yes, Donald Trump is a racist. If you voted for Donald Trump, you are very comfortable with racism.

Republicans say they’re not racist but racism is not a deal breaker for them. And if you are on the same side as Nazis, you’re probably a racist. Republicans can tell us all day they’re not racist, but David Duke also says he’s not racist.

As for the black-friend defense, keep in mind that Hitler, perhaps the most vile bigot in world history, had a pact with Japan. Another major bigot from American history, Strom Thurmond, who ran for president as the racist candidate, loved to have sex with black women and even had a black daughter (at least one we know of). The black-friend defense doesn’t work anymore, but if you’re a racist, you probably still think it does. You also probably start a lot or sentences with, “I’m not a racist, but…”

We are a racist nation. If we weren’t, then it wouldn’t have been so shocking that a jury convicted a white cop of murdering a black man.

To deal with the fact we’re a racist nation, you have to confront it like white privilege. You have to admit it’s real. You have to confront the problem to fix the problem. I don’t recall at any point of this nation’s history where white America ever said, “Damn. We are racist.” We can’t stop being a racist country if we can’t even admit we’re racist.

America, you have a race problem. The proof of that is each time a Republican says we don’t a Republican says we don’t. Also, further proof is how many people voted for and still support Donald Trump. As the token black guy in a teen horror film might say, “that shit is whack, yo.”

Creative note: I had more trouble than usual with this cartoon because of the challenge of drawing exactly 50 senators (yes, there are 50…or there should be), and making several of them caricatures…which got complicated because my stylus stopped working. This has been going on for a while. Every couple of days, it stops working. But, rebooting my device seems to be the cure for a while. The only problem is, if I’m in the middle of coloring, rebooting the program creates another layer and that’s a new complication to blend, which involves techie geek stuff you don’t wanna hear. I thought I had fixed the problem but as I learned this morning, I didn’t. Then, instead of waiting two more days, the stylus stopped working again. When you have to stop your project repeatedly to deal with a tech issue, it really kills momentum and discourages creativity.

Other creative thing: Republicans elect a lot of people with freaky faces. What’s up with that? I had a conversation yesterday with my colleague Pat Bagley and I asked if his Ted Cruz caricature is uglier than my Rudy Giuliani caricature.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: I have Three copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Flat Earth Kitty Purr Purr Purr


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I’m always on my colleagues about drawing so many cliff cartoons. At the site GoComics, I saw four in one day last week. Cartoonists draw a lot of cliffs. I will draw one every now and then but I try to limit it to one a year…or even less. This cartoon does include a cliff, but since it’s, as my proofer Laura said, “So weird and random,” I don’t think it counts.

What do you think? Is this a cliff cliché cartoon?

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: I have Three copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Enemy Of Statehood


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In Georgia and several other states, Republicans are not making it harder to vote for black Americans because of widespread voter fraud and a lack of integrity with the 2020 presidential election. They’re changing laws and making it harder to vote for black Americans because there was a massive voter turnout which did not give them the result they wanted. It’s for that same reason Republicans will prevent the District of Columbia from becoming a state.

Republicans are good at talking about taxation without representation when discussing the American Revolution. It’s something they bring up quite often when discussing the 2nd Amendment. But they literally work in a city where the citizens don’t have federal representation.

The American citizens of Washington, D.C. do not have representation in Congress. Not in the Senate and not in the House. They have what is called a shadow senator who can’t vote. Basically, they have a lobbyist. But why should the people in our nation’s capital have zero representatives while Wyoming has three?

Wyoming, which is a state, has one congressman and two senators while having fewer residents than Washington, D.C. The same goes for Vermont which is also a state. And don’t get me started on Puerto Rico, which is not a state but would be the 31st most-populated if it was. In case you’re a Republican, there are currently 50 states. I’ll give you bonus points if you can tell me how states Canada has (Hint: It’s a trick question).

So why won’t Republicans allow Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico to become states? Because Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico would most likely send Democrats to Congress. That would be four more Senators for the Democratic Party (In case you’re a Republican, each state gets two senators. Even the crappy states like the Dakotas). And, it would be at least five more representatives for the Democratic Party in the House. The District would have one House seat while Puerto Rico would have four. Also, it’s not very likely any of them would be white.

For Alaska and Hawaii to become states in 1958, they had to be tied together. That way, both parties were to receive an equal number of senators (in case you’re a Republican, two apiece). Although, the funny thing is, Hawaii was expected to be a Republican state and Alaska was expected to go to the Democrats. Today, we don’t have any territories that are Republican. The District and each territory are non-white. In addition to Puerto Rico, there is Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are nine more territories that are unpopulated and even two that are disputed.

Even in the states we have now, representation is not equal. California has nearly 40 million people while Wyoming has less than 600,000. With two senators for each state, that gives a Wyoming voter approximately 70 times the influence in the Senate as a California voter. Republicans don’t care about this. While there are small Democratic-leaning states like Vermont and Delaware, most are red like Wyoming, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.

Here’s another way to look at the way representation in the Senate is given: It takes 22 of our smallest populated states to equal the 40 million population of California. That means 40 millions Americans have 44 United States senators and another 40 million only have two.

The system that distributes senators is as outdated as the one that distributes electoral college votes. This is a system devised by slave owners so slave states with smaller populations could have as much political clout as larger states. And Republicans do expect to have more representation than those on the left. Ever seen one of those ridiculous memes on Facebook that shows the bulk of the nation as red, ignoring the fact they’re showing empty acres more than population centers. Republicans demand that wide-open fields of nobody should have more representation than the human beings in Philadelphia…or the nearly 700,000 human beings in Washington, D.C. whose majority of non-white citizens don’t get to have any representation in Congress.

White Republicans aren’t eager to create new Senate and House seats that brown people will vote to fill. As it is now, they’re trying to eliminate non-white voters in actual states. As Georgia goes from a red to blueish state, it has sent two Democratic senators to Washington. So Republicans are now trying to make it harder for black people to vote. This is going to keep happening.

Other states like Arizona have gone from red to blue. Texas is expected to do the same. The Republican solution is to stop non-white people from voting. Voters are supposed to choose their leaders. Now, Republicans want to choose their voters.

Republicans are all about taxation with representation just so long as it’s the right representation. And to get the results they want, Republicans, those loveable scragamuffins who like to refer to themselves as “constitutionalists,” have to violate the basic principles of the Constitution.

The majority of this nation is voting Democratic while the bulk of representation is Republican. Although they’ve been representing fewer Americans for at least over the last decade, Republicans have been controlling the courts. These courts will not represent the people of this nation for decades thanks to the small-state influence of Republicans. And even with that advantage, Republicans had to steal two Supreme Court seats.

Think about it. If the court had been seated by justices the population actually wanted, then there probably would not be an accused rapist on the Supreme Court for the next 30 years.

Republicans are not playing fair and while they’re playing politics, they’re depriving American citizens their basic constitutional rights of selecting their leaders.

In opposing statehood and black voting, Republicans are the enemies of the state.

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Maskless Ban


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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: I have FIVE copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Mitch McRacist


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When LeBron James offered a political opinion, racist Fox News talking blonde head, Laura Ingraham, told him to, “Shut up and dribble.” This is a pattern for Republicans. They want you to dance, sing, play sports, and entertain, but if you disagree with them, shut up. LeBron James shouldn’t be weighing in on political matters, but Ted Nugent, James Woods, and Chachi should be consulted by a Republican president (sic). Now, Mitch McConnell is telling corporate America to, “Shut up and write checks.”

Mitch McConnell is a hypocrite. We already knew this. Somewhere down the line, he’ll contradict whatever bullshit he’s saying today. For example; he believes Democratic presidents can’t nominate Supreme Court justices in an election year, but Republican presidents (sic) can. Now, he’s doing a 180 on corporations being involved in politics.

In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people and that they could contribute to political campaigns without limitations. Mitch was giddy with joy. He said, “For too long, some in this country have been deprived of full participation in the political process,” and the decision was “restoring the First Amendment rights of these groups.”

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech. Now, Mitch doesn’t want corporations to speak if they disagree with Republican policies. He is now wanting to deprive them of “full participation” in the political process. Mitch especially wants to deprive corporations full participation in the political process when they disagree about Republican efforts to deprive black Americans full participation in the political process.

After Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines voiced objections to Georgia’s new racist anti-voting laws, Mitch said, “My warning to corporate America is to stay out of politics.” Then he said, “I’m not talking about political contributions.” That means, “Shut up and write checks.”

Mitch, you argued for corporations to have “full participation” in the political process. Do you understand what “full participation” means? I kinda think it means they can exercise their First Amendment rights, which you yourself argued for.

When it was revealed that Chick-fil-A was anti gay marriage…and anti-gay everything, and was contributing massive amounts of chicken money to hate groups, Mitch never said they should “stay out of politics.” The guy who is now waffling on corporations’ “full participation” probably ordered extra waffle fries.

Mitch went after corporations and said, “Most of them contribute to both sides. They have political action committees. That’s fine. It’s legal. It’s appropriate. I support that. I’m talking about taking a position on a highly incendiary issue like this and punishing a community or state because you don’t like a particular law they passed. I just think it’s stupid.”

Would it have been stupid and inappropriate if corporate American had taken a stand for black voters in 1964 during Freedom Summer? Would it have been inappropriate if corporations had pulled out of Mississippi for the state government turning a blind eye on the murders of black Americans and civil rights workers?

Mitch is warning corporations to stay out of it or else. He told reporters earlier this week, “From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government. Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”

What sort of consequences are you threatening, Mitch? The consequences I see are that the majority of Americans will see Republicans for the racists they are and history will remember it as well. History will remember Mitch and his party for not being “woke.”

From my experience, liberals actually only use “woke” in jest and in humor. I don’t think Republicans actually get that. But in trying to use “woke,” some Republicans are saying the quiet parts out loud.

Republicans in 43 states are proposing hundreds of bills to change voting laws. Mitch and others, like Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, claim the laws are expanding voting and all these changes are in response to a lack of integrity and people losing faith in the last election. Bullshit. These laws are in response to the massive turnout and Republicans losing in the last election.

Fact: Georgia went blue, voted for a Democratic president, a Democratic Jewish senator, and a Democratic black senator. Georgia went for three Democrats. Who’s changing the voting laws in response? Republicans. It can’t be more clear for you to see.

If you really wanted to restore voter integrity, then…I don’t know…maybe get rid of the Electoral College so that only the majority of actual voters can elect a president and not a point system that’s a remnant from the slave period of this nation.

Republicans are making it harder for black Americans to vote…and some of them are admitting it.

Michael Watson, a Republican and Secretary of State for Mississippi, you know, that state with a horrible history of how it handled black people voting, said the quiet part out loud this week. Watson said, “Mississippi is doing things the right way under the system we have now.” I’m sure they said the same thing in 1964. He was upset over efforts to register voters.

Watson cried, “Think about all these woke college and university students now who are automatically registered to vote, whether they wanted to or not, again if they didn’t know to opt out then receive a mail-in ballot that they probably didn’t even know was coming because they didn’t know they registered to vote. You’ve got an uninformed citizen who may not be prepared and ready to vote automatically forced on them, ‘hey go make a choice,’ and our country’s going to pay for those choices.”

You mean, our country is going to pay for the choices made by voters? He’s upset there may be more “woke” voters? Who are these “woke” voters? The real funny part is, he’s complaining about “uninformed” people voting while he’s in a party that intentionally misinforms voters. Can we start with who Republicans claim won the last election? Uninformed much?

Republicans, pay attention: Every eligible person has the right to vote. They have that right even if they’re liberal. They have that right even if they’re conservative. They have that right even if they’re “woke.” Even people who are uninformed have as much of a right to vote as those who are informed. Every eligible person has the right to vote, it doesn’t matter if they’re black, white, red, green, purple, yellow, whatever. Klansmen have the right to vote, neo-Nazis have the right to vote, and so do “woke” college students. I don’t see the Mississippi Secretary of State complaining about uninformed Nazis receiving mail-in ballots they didn’t request. What up with that?

From the founding of this nation, conservatives have done everything they can to prevent black people from voting. Now that it’s legal for black people to vote, Republicans are trying to find ways to make it harder for them to vote…when they’re not literally removing them from voter registrations.

Republicans are changing election laws because they can’t win on their policies. What sort of polices? The kind of policies where they want to change election laws because they can’t win on their policies.

These new voting laws are racist. Mitch McConnell and other Republicans keep saying liberals and corporations are lying about these new laws, but we’re not. They’re racist.

If you’re removing drop boxes in black communities, it’s racist. If you make voter IDs more of a requirement then shut down places for black people to get those IDs, it’s racist. If you’re eliminating days to vote, targeting black voters, it’s racist. If you’re taking power away from local election boards in black communities, and giving it to white conservatives, you’re a racist. If you’re making it illegal to hand a black person a bottle of water while s/he is in line to vote…it’s FUCKING racist you fucking racist.

If you’re trying to make voting harder in this nation for black voters, you are a racist. If you support those laws, you are a racist. If you are Mitch McConnell, you’re a racist. If you’re a Republican and you’re down with this shit…you’re a racist.

Creative note: My first concept was to use Mitch and name several corporations to show his hypocrisy…but then about 20 other cartoonists did that. I thought of having him in a race car, like NASCAR, then just a driver’s onesie uniform….and then I got the brilliant idea of having him in his turtle shell with sponsors’ stickers all over it. But about 20 cartoonists have done that concept, so I went in a different direction.

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No Reasonable Voting Laws


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Racism is never reasonable.

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