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Tolerants

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about a lot of things — mainly the debate on race we’ve all been having lately. Actually we’ve been having it for decades now, but the Trump era has really brought it to the forefront, which is probably the one thing we can thank him for.

So on one hand, it’s about our conversation on race and equality. But it’s also a conversation about the conversation, and how who can and can’t say what. Because I think ultimately, it’s hard to say what’s more frustrating: That we’re still debating what seems incredibly obvious (everyone should be treated equally in the U.S. and yet this still isn’t the way things are) or that we can’t even talk to each other anymore without being attacked, trolled, berated or cancelled.

Now What

This week’s new Dustinland comic? Well, you know, right in the middle of an awful pandemic I thought we needed U.S. racial issues to finally boil over completely. Perfect timing for that. So here we are?! What to say? Well you can say a lot. And we do. We talk and talk… we type and type… But we can we do? What will we do and where will it get us? Those are the questions, and I don’t have the answers.

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.

Explaining US-Iran Relations to Kids

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how difficult it would be to explain a war with Iran to children. Working on this comic made me realize that 99 out of 100 Americans is most likely not aware of the history between the US and Iran beyond the last 10-20 years — maybe 30 if we’re talking about some folks a bit older who remember Jimmy Carter and hostages. But that is par for the course — we’ve got lots of people with virulent opinions yet no knowledge. Good times!

Sure Shots

What’s frustrating about this week’s new Dustinland comic, is that when I created it less than a week ago, it was very relevant. But between that time and the day of the week when I normally publish new comics, Trump has essentially started a new war with Iran, making any other current event-related political content irrelevant. Basically, I cannot keep up with the insanity — you really can’t unless you’re publishing daily, or maybe even hourly.

That being said, this comic was inspired by the Texas church shooting where a guy tried to shoot a bunch of people, but only shot two people before being shot himself by what was essentially an undercover church security guy. In the comic I do try to be a bit more neutral than your average anti-gun screed, although I do make fun of MAGA red hat types throughout, but I can’t help that part.

2020 Resolutions

This new Dustinland comic — the last of 2019 — is a bit of a “guide”‘ for your 2020 new year’s resolutions. But you know, it’s a bit tongue in cheek. You’ll see what I mean. Let’s just say that next year, maybe give yourself a bit of a break, if that’s what it takes to keep your sanity.

Good luck, happy new year, and thanks for reading!

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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.

Divided States

This week’s new Dustinland comic is pretty clear — it’s about how much Americans have come to hate each other. I think we always have, to some degree. The country really never got over the Civil War, which is pretty pathetic, but still, that’s life. But Trump has really stirred things up and made it even worse than it was during Bush or Obama.

So yeah, we all hate each other. Good times!

Also, I recognize this comic could be used as a meme for just about any subject matter, so hopefully it won’t get too Photoshopped.

There Is No Middle

Yes, this week’s new Dustinland comic is about impeachment. I didn’t want to do it, because there’s just so much noise out there and it’s so hard to beat the news cycle to it at this point, but it felt ridiculous to post something trivial in the midst of this crisis. But I do think I have a different take on it.

Is anyone even reading this, by the way? I do this blog and it gets likes every week but I wonder if it’s just essentially other bloggers autoliking my posts when I use similar tags. Maybe WordPress is just one big circle jerk where no one reads anyone else’s stuff but just fake likes their posts to get more people to their own blog. Social media is probably like that too. I mean, I do hear some people interact with each other. It’s happened to me before. Sometimes here. Maybe today!