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.
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.
This week’s Dustinland comic was written in response to Trump’s pull out from the Paris Climate Agreement, but I did it in a way that would hopefully appeal to people who don’t already agree with me. That’s why you notice, no mention of climate change, but rather a focus on a few things we can all agree on: freedom, fiscal independence, and future-facing technology. Curious to see if I get any positive responses from the other side or if it will just be the same old zombie Fox News “coal jarbs and hoax” blah blah blah we’re all used to hearing.
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Tagged climate, climate change, donald trump, environment, global warming, politics, republican, republicans, trump, uspolitics
I mean every word in this week’s Dustinland comic. I think deep down inside, a lot of Trump supporters know that he’s a horrible president, but they feel that if they withdraw their support of him, their either saying they should have supporter Hillary, or saying their opinions were wrong on issues like immigration, gun control etc… Or they just don’t want to admit they were wrong, especially to a bunch of pretentious liberal dicks who already acted like we were smarter than they were.
That is why now I am saying let’s stop all this “our team vs your team.” Let’s unite. No rubbing it in. No right or wrong. Just all of us together against Trump. Let’s kick him out and reset. Even with a completely conservative government. That’s fine. As long as they are adults and not complete incompetent criminals and traitors set to doom America and Earth in general.
Come on friends. We can still disagree on just about anything and everything. But this is one thing we need to agree on. Trump has us on the path to ruin, and he has to be stopped.
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Tagged america, donald trump, friends, friendship, politics, president, presidential, the donald, thedonald, trump, uspolitics
This week’s new Dustinland comic is the culmination of many months of thought, but was inspired by a single Reddit comment.
While I’ve been calling this whole Trump thing a game and a culture war that has nothing to do with policy (except for “guns are good, muslims and Mexicans are bad”), someone posted a comment on a Reddit thread that went something like “A Trump supporter would let Trump shit in his mouth if a liberal had to smell it.” That had a nice ring to it, and it sort of led me in this direction.
I mean, the politics of “winning” and spite and “us vs. them” have really brought us to a horrible place. Quite scary. The end of democracy in America, maybe the world, and maybe the end of human civilization ultimately. Fun times!
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Tagged america, apocalypse, conservative, donald trump, politics, president, republican, republicans, the donald, trump, uspolitics
SPOILER ALERT! STOP READING NOW UNLESS YOU ALREADY READ THE NEW DUSTINLAND COMIC!!!
Ok so I assume you read the comic. Yeah, I combined the Syria attack with the Pepsi ad thing. You know, I mean, on the Trump thing I think it’s pretty clear he’s using war for his own political purposes, which to be honest is probably the most normal thing he’s done so far in office. Not that it’s good, it’s just sort of obvious to discuss why he did it after all he said in the past. And then whether it’s right or wrong, that is super complicated. I mean, I was frustrated for so long seeing the world watch and do nothing as innocent families have been killed over and over again in Syria, but I also see what happens when you destabilize regions of the world, or when you put ground troops on the ground. So yeah, I’d rather not get into that. I’d rather talk about the politics of soda!
Man, that ad. That was rough. You’ve got to assume some people who worked on it knew what was coming but were powerless to stop it. I feel for these people, I really do. Because you never know — sometimes 100 people want to do something cool and smart, and 2 people want to do something clueless and horrible, but if those 2 people are important enough, not only will they get their way, but everyone else will be too afraid to tell them any different. Or who knows, maybe everyone screwed up together. Maybe one day we’ll find out what really happened. Until then, I’ll draw cheap shot comics about it.
I know this week’s new Dustinland comic can be considered irresponsible, but I’m not trying to convince anyone to do or not do anything. I’m simply saying, man, it really sucks to have to stress out over politics all the time. It would be so much easier to just have relatively competent non-corrupt people in place running things so the rest of us could go back to our lives. But of course it doesn’t work that way – we must be vigilant, even though it’s boring and stressful and shitty in every way. Fun times.
P.S. I bet money some Trump supporters say “You should go to Mars and take the rest of the libtards with you” or something to that effect. Just more of the boring predictability I’m talking about.
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Tagged america, anxiety, donald trump, politicin, politics, president, presidential, stress, the donald, trump, uspolitics