I had something else planned for this week’s new Dustinland comic, but then my kiddo made the comment featured in the strip and I had to switch things up last minute. It’s amazing the things they put together. Just unique ways of thinking. Ironically, while my son gives me way more ideas for comics, he also sucks away all the time it takes to draw them. So that’s a bummer. But it’s pretty fulfilling being a parent, probably more fulfilling than drawing comics, so I think shorter strips are a worthy sacrifice, all things considered.
Oh but yeah, this election is a nightmare and the Olympics are way more fun. Nice to see Trump having a rough week or so and I hope that continues but still, this is just a really unpleasant time. Of course with climate change upon us, we’ll probably have plenty of unpleasant moments ahead of us, but hey, maybe elections will actually get better as mankind bands together to fight a common enemy, just like in Watchmen.
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Tagged 2016 olympics, donald trump, election, Hillary, hillary clinton, olympics, politics, rio2016, the donald, trump, uspolitics
I’ve been on vacation for the last two weeks — coincidentally during both the RNC and DNC. That was pretty good timing, because I got to avoid a lot of the stress and anxiety brought on by these events (I avoided the RNC hatefest completely, but I did watch some of the DNC). But still, this scary election has been on my mind and I’ve really been pondering how to cover it through my comics. And this new Dustinland strip is my latest attempt.
EVERYONE is talking about this election, and that makes it hard to say something original about it. But through a lot of writing, I eventually came to this metaphor. Maybe it’s been said before, but I haven’t seen it if it has. And I do think it’s an honest metaphor. Of course all politicians can been seen as taking advantage of people’s emotions to further their own careers. But the Donald takes it to a new level. Just look at what the ghostwriter of his book said about him. This is a guy so out for himself, the only way he’s ever going to do something that benefits anyone else is if it’s by accident. And I know Hillary isn’t perfect. Frankly she worries me in many ways. But there’s really no comparison. I may disagree with her on some issues. I may not be a huge fan of her abilities as an orator. But it’s actually silly to even be debating who would make a better president, her or Trump. Because while there may be doubts as to who she really is, you know who he is. He’s that sketchy guy out to take advantage of you when you’re at your weakest. And if we let him, this country just might wind up permanently fucked.
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
No point in writing any more about this week’s Dustinland comic, considering it’s already a pretty lengthy rant in itself. But yeah, pretty self explanatory. I would imagine you either love it or hate it, depending on your political views, so feel free to heartily agree or to troll me mercilessly. Either way, good times.
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Tagged bernie sanders, cruz, election, election 2016, Hillary, politics, president, presidential election, the donald, trump, uspolitics
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.
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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 casts the 2008 presidential hopefuls — Hollywood style. Some of the picks were easier to find than others. Obama and Bloomberg were probably the toughest, and Huckabee was tricky too. I’d have to say my favorites are Bruce Campbell as Romney and the dad from Frasier as Ron Paul. Oh, and as much as I love Dennis Kucinich and plan to vote for him in the primary, he really does kinda remind me of the midget from Twin Peaks (that’s who Michael J. Anderson is, in case you were confused).
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Tagged Bloomberg, Decision 2008 The Movie, Dustinland, Edwards, Fred Thompson, Giuliani, Hillary, Huckabee, Kucinich, McCain, Obama, Romney, Ron Paul