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Election 2012: Party of Fie

Yay! It’s almost over! Soon I can stop doing comics like this one, about how awful the Republicans have become and how they’re a threat to our future because they care more about power than about helping the country and are just a tool of big business and right wing extremists and they don’t believe in science.

So yes, vote for Obama, especially if you live in a swing state. If you live in a state like NY though, you could probably vote for a third party guy like Gary Johnson and it would only serve to help him reach the 5% he needs to get federal funding or something like that. I’m not a Libertarian, and sometimes I think Libertarians are either incredibly naive or just trying to justify greed. HOWEVER, I like what I’ve heard from Johnson. He has a great line: “I’m more liberal than Obama and more conservative than Romney.” Very interesting. He’s anti war, anti war on drugs, and he’s the first Libertarian I’ve heard actually say the government should protect the environment. So yeah, check him out.

But if you’re in a swing state, vote for Obama because Romney would be another Bush Jr…. same sketchy Rove types secretly running things, same sort of embarrassing guffaws that make the rest of the world laugh at us, same sort of policies that further the gap between rich and poor. Oh and also, the Republican Party steals elections and tries to prevent people from voting. Just on that basis alone, you should vote them out of office. Etc etc etc… Fie.

A Message To The President

You probably didn’t read this comic, because you’re not President Obama. So I’ll just fill you in on it: I basically told the president that he needs to whoop Mitt Romney’s lying ass tomorrow night, at least just for my sake. I mean, this race was easy for so long—a cakewalk. Nothing to worry about. Then Obama pulls out that stinker of a debate and opens the door for one of the worst and most desperate Republican candidates in the last few decades.

Really, I just don’t want to waste brain cells worrying about this debate. I’d rather use them worrying about little things in my personal life, or giant things like global warming and the end of civilization (and the bee holocaust).

And in case you’re wondering, I do find it hard to vote for Obama for numerous reasons. But I often wonder, how many of the things I don’t stem from his personal beliefs and style of government, and how many of them are due to how absolutely fucked the system has become. Either way, I have seriously considered voting for Gary Johnson—even though I kinda think that most Libertarians are naive enough to believe in unicorns and fairies—if only as a protest vote, since I live in New York and my vote doesn’t count because of the awfully stupid electoral college. But enough ranting. Hopefully 25 hours from now I will be drinking a beer out of celebration, not to dull the pain.

*Update – 10/17 – I don’t want to take all the credit, but clearly the president read my comic this week.

Obameh

First of all, this week’s Dustinland is not meant for people who think Obama is some raging socialist. If you actually believe that, you seriously need to reconsider what kind of sources you’re getting your news from, because he’s far from even being considered a progressive liberal in pretty much every category, not to mention a socialist. I mean, you’ve got people accusing Obama of being in bed with Wall Street, and being a socialist at the same time. That’s like saying my pet cat is also a dog.

But anyway, as I said in the comic, I know one man can’t just come in and instantly change a system where enormously powerful groups have extremely entrenched influences. But still, I feel like his Obama’s overall performance has been very underwhelming. He seems content with many small victories that don’t achieve much but sound good on paper. He can pass these kind of things through our joke of a congress because they don’t offend the giant corporations that control our elected officials. And that is the problem. It is this very corporate influence that is causing all the problems. These powers will never support legislation that makes them weaker. We need to ram it down their throats. And it’s true, Obama can’t do that without support of a real liberal majority, not the bunch of fake Democrats in office now who care more about their poll numbers than about standing up for a cause they deem even slightly controversial. But still, it doesn’t seem like he’s even trying. And hey, he’s always been a middle of the road guy. Maybe I just hoped for too much.

I’m also concerned with Obama’s leadership style. His speeches lately feel fake and stilted. He sounds like he’s reading. I don’t care if he reads or not, I just don’t want him to sound like he’s reading. He also hasn’t been able to give much of a powerful impression. He doesn’t seem like a leader. He seems calculated. And while this doesn’t directly affect policy, it doesn’t give people confidence in him, and when his poll numbers droop, then Congress isn’t afraid to stand up to him and then we’re back to getting nothing done.

Hey, at the end of the day, I recognize the guy has a lot going against him, and has still accomplished a few nice things, but I also think we have lowered expectations these days, and that the problems before us are so great, we need major, bold solutions, not safe, tiny political gains.

Baracist Obama

First of all, just to make this idiot-proof to people who think I run around screaming the N-word:

I’m not saying I agree with the guy in this Dustinland. I’m making fun of him. I’m saying it’s ironic when racist people complain about racism.

Now, I didn’t want to post this comic. I drew it last weekend right after this whole situation first happened. I heard on the news: a black professor was arrested because he got angry when a white cop hassled him about entering his own home. A reporter asked Obama. He said, “sounds like the cop acted stupidly.” Of course it became a big deal. And I KNEW IT. I KNEW what these assholes would say. The whole reverse racism thing. It’s so predictable, it’s pathetic. So, after drinking a few beers, while on vacation, I sat by a lake and drew this comic. But then I figured, hey, this whole thing will just blow over. No need to ever post it.

But nooooooooo. Of course it has to keep going and going, with assholes like Glenn Beck going on FOX and not even beating around the bush — just calling Obama a straight up racist.

You know, if you don’t like black people, just say it. I would respect you more. Join the fucking KKK. At least be honest about it. Then we can have a real discussion. But what I really can’t stand are racists who hide behind this thin coat of bullshit. These are the same people who complain: “How come black people can say the word ‘nigger’ but white people can’t?” Why, do you want to say it that badly? Yes, yes you do, and everyone knows it.

Holy shit, how can this situation be an issue? I’m white and if a cop started giving me shit about getting into my own house, I’d get pissed. If I was black I’d be double pissed. It doesn’t matter if the cop’s intentions were racist or not. What matters is that from the point of view of a black person, it’s “Oh, because I’m black I can’t live in a nice house, I must be trying to break in.” Maybe the guy overreacted. Hell, maybe he’s a total asshole. Either way, the dude had a reason to be angry, and most definitely did not deserve to be arrested — that is for sure. So Obama hears about it and says it sounds like the cop acted stupidly. “OH NO! WHAT A RACIST! If it was a black cop who arrested a white cop, he’d never call him stupid!” Man, you can just feel it — these people love this shit. They are so angry, they have so much hatred, they just wait for instances like this to pop up so they can rant and rave and focus all that pent up misery in one place.

Man, I am sick of it. It’s just boring at this point more than anything. Boring and predictable, and I wish I didn’t feel like I had to put this comic up but sadly I still do.

OBAMA WINS!!!!!! WOOHOOO !!!!!

YAY!!!! New happy Dustinland!!! Enjoy everyone! I’m out of the country on bidness for two weeks! See you soon! Congrats everyone and thanks for making the world a better place!!!

Race To The Finish

You know, I wrote and drew this week’s Dustinland before this story came out:

“Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.” – (read the full story here)

But you know, I think even if this didn’t happen, the comic would still be pretty dead on. Now, to head off predictable comments, let me say it for the one millionth time – NOT ALL REPUBLICANS ARE RACIST and YOU ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY A RACIST IF YOU DON’T VOTE FOR OBAMA. That being said, there really is a scary amount of racial hatred being uncovered in this election. Some of the clips I see – especially online – make me wonder if it’s 2008 or 1948. But it’s like I said in this Dustinland from the other week, the same assholes who were calling hippies “long-haired faggot commies” are still out there today, and have even reproduced.

What I really wonder is this: Are the racists of this country afraid that a black man will become president, or are they more afraid that if he gets elected, he’ll do a good job?

A Brief History of Conservatism

“In its second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the tops of their voices in an effort to drown the maddening bleating voice that came from the screen… A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic…” – George Orwell, 1984

This week’s Dustinland was inspired by all the nasty things McCain supporters have been saying about Obama lately – particularly that he’s a terrorist. I mean, does that word even have a meaning anymore? If you asked these people to define “terrorist,” I wonder what they’d come up with, besides just saying “Obama” or “someone who hates freedom” or some other meaningless bullshit. Because it’s not about truth or logic with these people. It’s about us or them. And it has been that way for a long, long time. The people who today call themselves “conservatives” have been around forever. I’m not talking about Ron Paul supporters or people with brains who choose to support the Republican party for some reason. I’m talking about the people who wish that McCain would step down and let Palin run for office herself. These people are angry. They’re afraid. They don’t want something different. They don’t want something new. They don’t want change: It scares them. So they look at the thing they fear, and they label it, they debase it, they hate it, and they try to destroy it. And the Republican Party today needs these people to win, so it has become a cult of mean, angry, raving lunatics. And to see them together in large groups can be a frightening thing.

***Update: This strip is heating up on Reddit.