Tag Archives: uspolitics

Commisernation

This week’s new Dustinland comic is a depressing look at how shitty America has become. I wonder if we can ever fix this? Hard to say. Even if we get rid of the losers causing all this suffering, I think we have done irreparable damage to the nation in the eyes of the world. That being said, if we survive it and come out on top, it’s a good lesson for the world. You can’t sleep on evil. It never goes away, and as for America being the world police, well… who watches the watchmen?

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Kids Get It

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.

Slippery Slope

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.

The Golden Fool

As I say in this week’s new Dustinland comic, this attitude of “not my problem” is really screwing this country over. It’s sort of a Libertarian / capitalist thing that also winds up getting used by the selfish and lazy simply to justify their greedy lifestyles. Ironically, a lot of people who feel this way also call themselves godly, religious folks, which is really quite impressive, when most major religions are based around selflessness and caring for the needy and less powerful among us.

But hey, it’s fun being a hypocrite. And who wants problems? Problems are stressful. And freedom isn’t free. So just leave me alone and let me hide in my fortified compound with my guns, and don’t bother me unless I get cancer or my house blows down in a hurricane or gets flooded by climate change or my industry needs a subsidy. THEN I’ll come calling for a bail out because then it will be my problem.

Fun times. Happy President’s Day!

P.S. Sorry I missed a few weeks. Been crazy busy at work and these comics don’t pay the bills yo. Unless you buy more of my books! A lot more. 

Happy Holidays: 2017 Style

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.

I’m Positive

Not the most uplifting Dustinland comic this week, but I really do feel like the country is doomed. I guess the Democrats did pick up a few seats in some recent elections, so maybe those are a few spots of brightness, but it’s hard to feel positive. I am a bit of a pessimist of course, so there’s that, but still, things are bad. For example, as I say in the comic, Trump is getting flack from his base for having the gall to make a deal with the other party. That’s where we’re at right now. The right has made an uninformed monster out of its base, and there’s no steering them back to sanity. Decades of Fox News started it, and Trump seems to have finished it. I mean, sure, the left has uninformed echo chambers too, but what we’re seeing on the right is something special.

Bad times ahead, that’s what I’m seeing. I hope to be proved wrong. I really do. In fact, I’d love it.

Oh, Say Can You See?

This week’s Dustinland comic is obviously timed for the 4th of July. And it’s all questions. Because that’s how I feel about America right now. I just don’t know anymore. It’s all contradictions. I have a great life. I’m lucky and grateful. But I’m also incredibly pessimistic about the future, and I see so many signs of our democracy crumbling, and of the world at danger. I don’t know what the future will be. I don’t know what this country is about anymore. I don’t know if I believe in America’s capability to self-govern and function as a country run for and by the people.

I do know we’ve accomplished so much as a nation. I do know I owe so much to this country and I’m so lucky to have been born here. But I don’t know our children will be saying the same thing 20 years from now. And that’s a scary thought.

It’s up to the people to make sure this country remains a great place to live. And these days, that’s what scares me.