This week’s new Dustinland comic is about me explaining Trump to my son. This conversation never actually happened, since I try to shield him from this horrible world we’re in, but we have had to talk a few times because he hears stuff at school and on the radio when I’m not quick enough to change the station. Basically he knows Trump is a racist liar, but that’s about it. But you know, when you try to explain things to a kid, you really make it clearer for yourself. Laying things out so simply, in basic language, it really helps. Try it sometime! Not actually with a real kid of course, but just imagine yourself doing it. Works for many a complex issue!
PS My hand is healing nicely! Still not perfect, still hurts a bit to draw. But hopefully I’ll be 100% soon and my art will get back to where it was, AKA still shitty but slightly less shitty.
Posted in parenthood, politics
Tagged children, dad, dad life, dadhood, democrats, donald trump, fatherhood, fathers, kids, liberal, parenthood, parenting, parents, political comic, politics, raising kids, republicans, the donald, thedonald, trump, trump comic, trump supporters, uspolitics
This week’s new Dustinland comic tackles a particularly annoying argument tactic used frequently by conservatives (well, really Trump supporters so basically hypnotized fascists): The Slippery Slope! Any regulation can be argued against by saying, “oh well it starts here and then where does it end?!” Obviously this is ridiculous because we live in a society that must be governed and managed by rules, and if we stand by the philosophy of slippery slope, then any rule can be argued against. “I can’t murder?! What’s next, I can’t defend my own property against a band of armed robbers!” It’s just a thread of nonsense, but that doesn’t stop the NRA from using it every day.
I’m sure people on the left use it too from time to time, but right now the country is essentially being overtaken by an illegal rightwing coup, so that’s my bigger focus for the time being. If the country doesn’t devolve into a complete dictatorship, if the economy doesn’t collapse as the rest of the world begins to isolate us (except our new best friends, Russia), if the boiling planet doesn’t burn us off into extinction along with every other disappearing species, then maybe I’ll make some more comics that point out problems with liberals. Until then I will focus on the party that thinks science is magic and guns are peaceful and up is down.
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Tagged conservative, democrats, donald trump, gun control, gun debate, gun rights, guns, philosophy, politics, republicans, slippery slope, trump, trump supporters, uspolitics
This new Dustinland comic pretty much says it all. It is a really miserable time for a majority of Americans. Although a very vocal minority is super happy right now, and I will say it right here: Just wait for the gloating comments on this strip. I predict they will either simply revel in “look how the liberals are freaking out” or perhaps voice some sort of sad, patronizing “the liberals are now delusional and we should pity them” thing. Just watch — it is so predictable, it’s really sad and scary. I have to admit, the right wing propaganda machine we are witnessing right now is incredibly effective to the point of sci-fi brainwashing. It may be undoable. I mean, we’re in 1984 territory right now, with truth and fact no longer agreed upon. 2 + 2 =5. That’s our future. Hell, that’s our present. Fun times everyone. Drink up. Happy holidays.
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Tagged america, apocalypse, congress, democrats, depression, donald trump, doom, philosophy, politics, republican, republicans, taxes, the donald, thedonald, trump, uspolitics
This new Dustinland comic is pretty straight forward so not too much to say here, aside from the fact that I was inspired to write it after reading comments from Trump supporters regarding the Women’s March. It really was amazing how people who didn’t know each other were saying almost identical things in completely different forums and social media platforms. I know there’s a lot of similarity between liberal ideas, but the speed in which the identical response to the Women’s March was shared between Trump fans was really amazing, and sort of scary. For a group that proposes to be about freedom and anti-establishment values, they seem pretty eager to accept and spread any propaganda that reinforces their beliefs and makes them feel better about themselves in the face of evidence and facts that paint them and their man in even the slightest negative light.
Should be a fun four years (or months). Oh well, they can always read last week’s comic for excuses once the S.S. Donald starts taking on water.
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Tagged 2016 elections, america, conservative, democrats, donald trump, election, election 2016, inauguration, liberal, politicin, politics, president, presidential, presidential election, republicans, the donald, thedonald, trump, uspolitics, womens march
This week’s Dustinland comic is not me preaching to the choir, although that would have been very easy to do at this moment in time. Rather, it’s about how there really seems to be two Americas. More so now than ever before. And maybe this is nothing new, but it sure has been brought to light as half the nation celebrates Trump’s win while the other half cringes in fear and misery.
Going back 16 years, it’s not all too different than Bush. Patriotic hero to the right, hated buffoon to the left. Then Obama came along. Composed yet righteous inspiration to the left. Power grabbing demon to the right. How can the country be so incredibly split? How can so many people look at the same facts yet come to the opposite conclusion? Ah… but there you have it. They’re NOT looking at the same facts. They never were, and it’s only getting worse.
Sure, back in the day people could choose to read the conservative newspaper or the liberal newspapers. Then came radio. Then came TV news. Then came 24-hour TV news. And then came the internet. And then came social media. Never before has it been so easy to have your own opinion validated by information either cherrypicked or completely made up by people looking to profit by telling you what you want to hear. What’s true? What’s fact? Who knows anymore? And that’s the scariest part of this whole election.
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Tagged cartoons, comics, democrats, donald trump, election, Hillary, hillary clinton, politics, president, presidential, presidential election, republican, republicans, the donald, trump, uspolitics
This week’s Dustinland comic describes my post debate mood. More so directly after the debate rather than the following day, but either way, it’s super depressing. I actually had to take a Benadryl to get to sleep last night, the debates stress me out so much. Instead of inspiring you, they make you feel like shit. It’s a real bummer. Hopefully we’ve hit the bottom but who knows. There’s always worse.
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Tagged 2016, 2016 elections, debate, democrats, donald trump, election, Hillary, hillary clinton, politics, president, presidential, presidential election, republicans, trump, uspolitics
This latest Dustinland comic will probably offend some people but oh well. At this point, Dustinland is a non-profit venture. I don’t make money off it, and my livelihood does not depend upon it. So I can do with it whatever I want, and at this point, I feel like venting. Perhaps you agree with me, perhaps you don’t. Either way, it’s hard to argue with this one fact: I hate this election more than any I have ever been witness to. It is awful and depressing, and winning is losing to some degree in either situation. That’s how I feel, and that sucks — for me.
It will probably suck for you too whether you know it or not, and that’s sad. Hey, maybe not. Maybe everything will turn out just fine. I would love that. I would love to be wrong. Because unlike most people these days, I’d rather be happy than right.
Posted in politics, Uncategorized
Tagged 2016, democrats, depression, donald trump, election, election 2016, Hillary, hillary clinton, politics, presidential election, republicans, the donald, trump, uspolitics
Sort of a boring topic covered in this week’s Dustinland comic. I mean, of course it’s not boring boring. It’s very important and fascinating in many ways. But it’s boring in the sense of, well, it’s almost impossible to say anything original about the U.S. presidential election, considering other people are pretty much paid to do nothing but say things about it 24-7. But this is my take on the Democratic primaries (GOP trolls please wait for another comic to comment about Trump, email scandals, socialism and other predictable topics).
Not much to add here beyond what’s in the comic. But yes, my big fear is that Hillary and Bernie are splitting the party. I really see a lot of anger and distrust from both sides, especially young Bernie fans. And my one concern, the one reason I really wrote this comic, was to say that even if you don’t look forward to a Hillary presidency, it’s still going to be WAY better than a Trump or Cruz presidency. Way, way , way better. To the degree of maybe not dooming the entire human race better.
Now, just remember, back in the Gore vs Bush days, there were a lot of Nader fans saying “Hey, Gore, Bush, same thing, right?” Well, I think we all know the answer to that one. Because while Gore was a career politician with support from big donors — just like Hillary — he probably would not have gone down in history as one of the worst U.S. presidents ever, like Bush will. And Trump/Cruz make Bush look reasonable.
So kids, love Bernie. Vote for him. Root for him. I will too! But, if it comes down to Hillary vs. Trump in the end, remember, it’s NOT the same either way. It’s a really, really big difference.
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Tagged bernie, bernie sanders, democratic primary, democrats, Dustinland, election, election 2016, feel the bern, Hillary, politics, president, presidential, presidential election
Like I say in this week’s political Dustinland comic, it’s so easy to just tell people what they already believe. Orwell said it in 1984. It’s also known as pandering, as I said in this old comic published in MAD Magazine, but current Republicans seem to have a nice grip on a pseudo populist version of pandering that appeals to our laziest and most selfish of urges. Why sacrifice? Why learn about things? It’s not really complicated. It’s SIMPLE. The answers are easy. The way to run things in a way where everyone wins and no one has to really change anything about they way they live is right in front of us. Hey man, that’s an appealing message. I’d love to follow it—if it wasn’t complete fantasy BS.
As for Trump, I love him. Because he’s blowing up the Republican party. It’s hilarious. During debates you just see Jeb Bush and Rand Paul fuming. Especially Paul. He’s like, ” I was supposed to be the crazy anti government one breaking all the rules and thinking outside the box!” Then Trump came in and made him seem like a boring seven-term senator from South Dakota. It’s all very entertaining—and not too scary. I would be more scared if Deez Nuts didn’t have comparable poll numbers. And at least the guy is even giving hedge fund managers shit. Man, he really is the ultimate troll.
Posted in politics, pop culture
Tagged bernie sanders, democrats, election, election 2016, Hillary, jeb bush, politics, president, presidential election, rand paul, republicans, the donald, trump, uspolitics
This week’s Dustinland comic was basically one long rant so I don’t really have much left to say about the subject matter, but it was nice to do something political for the first time in a while. Back in the post 9-11 era I used to drop politics comics all the time but it’s just gotten more and more boring and obvious. And on the other hand, with the Daily Show, Colbert, Twitter in general, etc… there are so many smart, funny people saying insightful things about politics on a daily/minute basis, it’s hard to find something new to say or a new way to say it. But here it is, my sad take on the sad 2016 elections. In some ways I do love how much of a joke the Republican field has become, but in reality, it takes (at least) two healthy parties to make a well-functioning government. The fact that the GOP has sunk so low and has become so directionless — and is increasingly controlled by two rich oil barons — really doesn’t bode well for the future of the U.S. and the world. Fun times!
I wonder if any trolls will comment on this. I hope not. Such a waste of time and energy on their part and mine if I even choose to respond.
Posted in politics
Tagged 2016, 2016 elections, candidates, democrats, election, election 2016, politics, president, presidential, republicans, voting