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They’re Listening

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how our kids are silently absorbing all the negative political conversations we have while they’re playing off in the corner, seemingly ignoring us.

Now, in the comic, I joke about being proud of my son’s actual real life quote, but in all seriousness, I find it concerning. I don’t want him to be as stressed out and negative as I am. But I guess it can’t help but seep in. Because they really are little sponges, and they’re listening, even when you think they’re not. And whether you’re a liberal, a conservative, or something in between (which I think is actually the truth for most of us), we need to protect our kids from the unrelenting negativity, hate and cynicism that’s dominating politics in the U.S. — and in much of the world, from what it sounds like. We need the next generation to grow up thinking they can make a difference, in their own lives, and to the world.

So yeah, as funny as it can seem, no more Dusty Downers…

Moderaters

This week’s new Dustinland comic is my response to all the political experts who have been telling us who can and can’t beat Trump. Well, at least they tell us who can’t. And that seems to be anyone who actually stands for any sort of truly progressive issue, any candidate who believes in changing America for the better. They tell us, oh America isn’t ready for that. You stand for change? That’s crazy! You want the same healthcare the rest of the world has? You crazy leftists! You think it’s bad that multi-billion-dollar companies pay zero taxes in the U.S.? You wacky socialists! You better shut up and leave the politics to the centrists. Yes, play it safe, right down the middle, stand for nothing. That’s the way to win elections.

Meanwhile conservatives around the world push for increasingly extremist agendas and win. So the right goes further to the right, and it works for them, but we’re told that the left should not do the same… instead of fighting back and pushing for progressive stances, we should either support the status quo, or actually go further to the right. That makes a lot of sense. Turn ourselves into a watered down version of the right, in order to combat the right. That sounds like a winning recipe. But this advice is from the people who got us where we are today, so maybe they’re not the best ones to listen to after all.

Let’s All Be Fwiends

This week’s new Dustinland comic was about Trump supporters and how to relate to them, although really it’s just a clever way of mocking them. I find they respond better to this sort of thing. When you get serious with them, they just try to piss you off because that’s what they enjoy most. That’s really their ultimate hope from the Trump presidency: piss off liberals (and keep away the brown people).

But yeah, jokes. It’s sad the best way to respond to people during a Constitutional crisis occurring in the midst of a worldwide environmental catastrophe threatening all life on Earth, but if you have a better idea, let me know.

Breathe

As I say in this week’s Dustinland comic: YAY! The Democrats won the House! Now we can relax and not have to think about politics for a while! Ah…. so chill. Nothing to worry about anymore!

Last Chance

Well, everyone, I as say in this week’s Dustinland comic, this is either the beginning of a potential return to sanity, or the end of democracy in America — and possibly the world. If Trump holds on to the Senate and the House, it’s over. This country will fall into straight up permanent minority rule, where the Trumps and the Kochs will sit at the top as Fox News spreads their propaganda, voting is just a fake display to cover up the rigged elections (if it’s not already), and everything else will fall to shit. And of course, just like in all right-wing authoritarian societies, violent mobs of fundamentalist thugs will help make sure dissent is kept quiet. It’s already started — all of this.

To be honest, even if the Democrats take back the House, even if they take the Senate, even if they impeach Trump – we may not ever get our country back. Something has been opened up and exposed, something uglier than most of us thought was there, buried deep within America. Or maybe not so deep. But now we all know, there is such hatred, fear and ignorance here, maybe another civil war is not so far off. Because the right is living in its own reality at this point, and they will not accept facts that don’t support what they want to believe, and they will not accept compromise.

Garry Kasparov said something about how dictators win by bringing their supporters so slow, so far down into the filth with them, making them slowly defend worse and worse things… eventually, they can’t come back. They’ve gone too far. To admit it was all wrong… that they were part of the horror… that’s too much to deal with. Scary times. I never thought I would see this happen here. I guess we’re never really safe. It’s like what you can feel in the air during a blackout. Civilization is an illusion that is only a few bad mistakes away from complete savagery.

Well, good luck. To us all.

The Fun Never Begins

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.

Excuse Yourself

This week’s Dustinland comic seems pretty self-explanatory. I just know the excuses are going to start rolling in as the Trump presidency disaster unfolds so it will be fun to get ahead of them now and then we can look back at this strip in a year or two and laugh. Or maybe we’re all really so fucked that we won’t be laughing at all. Hard to tell. Hey, maybe Trump is a secret genius and I will say BOY WAS I WRONG! WHAT A GUY! I would love that, really. I think the odds of that happening are about the same as the odds of my entire house suddenly turning into a 25-ton block of gold but sure, let’s see what happens.

I guess there is one thing I want to speak on — the ending. Isn’t it funny how nobody voted for Bush? We had him for eight years (through illegal elections) and millions of people voted for him twice yet suddenly no one seems proud of that. That’s who I see at Trump rallies. The same people—mostly—who said it was “unpatriotic” to not blindly support Bush through illegal wars and disastrous economic policies meant to benefit the .01% at the expense of the rest of us, now suddenly they’re these angry populist anti-war anti-interventionists. Really it comes down to this: After 9-11 they figured we could bomb our way to safety. That didn’t work, so now we can wall our way to safety.

I went off track there a bit but the point is, no one is willing to take responsibility for the failed Bush presidency, and no one will be willing to take responsibility for the unfolding Trump nightmare that could potentially destroy this country, if the GOP isn’t strong enough or patriotic enough to stop him. That’s really what it’s going to come down to. Will the Paul Ryans and John McCains have the balls to stop Trump as he runs this country as his own personal family bank account / PR machine? We’ll see. I imagine they’d love to boot Trump and insert Pence and then boom, it’s like Bush all over again but with a slicker speaker. Seems like a win for the traditional Republican machine. Well, we’ll see. Fun times! I look forward to the excuses!