Just to summarize this week’s comic, it’s really easy for politicians—in any nation— to tell people what they want to hear. And what do people want to hear? Not that they’re wrong or they need to change the way they live or make sacrifices. People want to hear that they’re great, that they don’t have to change a thing, and that it’s easy as pie to make things good again. If a politician is forced to acknowledge there are some problems going on, it’s also easy to blame them on someone else, any kind of minority or foreign source that doesn’t have enough voting power for it to matter if they get pissed off.
Of course the Republicans tend to go down this route a lot more than the Democrats do these days—hence the red square guy. But the Democrats aren’t exactly innocent themselves. They do plenty of telling people what they want to hear. So the circle head guy is green, not blue. He’s not really liberal or conservative. He’s just honest, telling it like it is. And most of the time, the truth hurts. That’s why nobody is listening, and why the future is probably going to suck in many ways.