March For Trump Disease Awareness

Please join us for a march on Trump Disease Awareness Monday in your city. This disease ravages only one person, but it affects millions of others. Symptom’s are bleeding from every orifice in the body, uncontrollable Tweeting of self-destructive Tweets, loss of self esteem, shriveling I.Q. and other parts of the body, orange skin, and small, teeny tiny hands. We have a march for Alzheimers Disease, Crohn’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Help us find a cure to rid the planet of Trump Disease.

Fake, Fake, Fake, Fake!

Once again, trump has been found out. Unhappy that Time wouldn’t put him on its cover, he put himself on the cover with a little help from Photoshop. If it was meant as a joke, my advice to him would be to leave the jokes up to the people who have a sense of humor. He is without question, our weakest and most fragile president. I can’t imagine what it’s like actually working for this little baby. I’ve seen what working for him might involve; a weekly meeting of kissing his ass. “Yessir. Whatever you say, sir. It’s an honor and a privilege to work for you, sir.” What a crock.

It Gives Me A Headache

I’ve been listening to the stubborn, ignorant American argument against single-payer health care for years. If it isn’t made by people who don’t know anyone personally in the big wide world living under such a system, it’s made by people who have never been outside the border of the United States. I’ve seen single-payer in action and listened to the benefits of it from people in more advanced societies than ours. And anyone who says our country has the best medical care in the world is either a moron or a two-bit politician. But, hey, I’m not going to dispel anyone’s love of fake information and fake security. Republicans thrive on it.

Stalling for Time

This whole nonsensical attempt to do the right thing without doing the right thing is tiresome. Hillary Clinton did it, Pres. Obama did it and now trump, the U.S.House of Representatives and the Senate are doing it. They are trying to dance around the fact that the United States needs and will have a single-payer health care system someday. Certainly, it won’t happen this year or the next, but the sooner the better. Heres how we do it. Examine all the single-payer systems in the world, take what works and discard what doesn’t. Add our own genius and watch it happen. When the government dances around the real solution, it just winds up making health care insurance a can of worms. Trump’s rig

No News Is Bad News

Why are the Senate Republicans keeping their health care bill secret? Because it sucks beyond belief? Because they don’t trust the news media to praise it to the heavens? Because they’re ashamed? Even some fellow Republicans are critical, not enough to make a difference yet, but maybe one day voters in the gerrymandered House districts and the Senatorial red states in America will get up off of their hind legs and do what’s best for the country and not the party. Hey, I’m a dreamer.

Ballots, Not Bullets

We can’t shoot our way out of this mess. One man’s hate is another man’s discourse. Look, it’s OK to hate. It’s not OK to kill because of it. That’s why we have art, to settle our differences without killing. Two years of trump is showing us the answer to the question, “Why can’t government be run like a business?” We have the historic chance to make things right in the U.S.A. in 2018 if we: 1. Write off the trump supporters and the alt-right. I know how their brain works. The thing that most accurately describes an extreme right-wing conservative, white supremacist is that they cannot change their mind. They’re afraid, mainly of themselves. They are in the minority anyway, so don’t waste ti

Please Don’t Shoot The Politicians

Do I have to say it? There’s so much hate today on both sides of the political spectrum. The left hates the right, the right hates the left and the middle is just trying to retire their student loan debt or raise a family and keep their children off of opioids. Back in the day, nut cases had a hard time finding each other. They were marginalized and they knew it. Extremists today have a cheering section called radio and TV. They have a support group called the Internet. This monster in Alexandria opens the door to retaliation by the vigilantes lurking in the mountains. A hate crime is repaid with a hate crime. World War I was started over less, and yes, this is how wars are started. And wha

Loyalty Oath

I haven’t taken a loyalty oath since back when I was a Cub Scout drawing on cave walls. “I, Bob Englehart, promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to be square and obey the law of the pack.” Well, that’s what it used to be, or something like it. It wasn’t advertised as an oath, but as a promise. An oath is one of those things in the Bible that good Christian cherry-pickers routinely ignore, such as: “When men fight with one another, and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts, then you shall cut off her hand.” Deuteronomy 25:11-12. Well, OK, that actually applie

Take A Leak

Everyone in government from the White House to town hall uses leaks to advance their agenda and thank God they do. We wouldn’t learn anything deeply informative without them. The contentious issue is about the unauthorized leaks that powerful leaders can’t control. The president, ANY president, uses authorized leaks as a tool or a weapon. They do it to advance their agenda, as I said, but they also do it to seduce journalists into thinking they have a friend in high places. One of the reasons journalists are so cynical is because they eventually realize they’re not only being lied to, but they’re being used and played like a violin by the powerful people they cover and there’s not a lot they

Eric The Rat

The first act of war is to dehumanize the enemy’s people. It makes them easier to kill, maim, torture and otherwise treat with hatred. This was made clear by congressional hearings after the Vietnam War, particularly about the My Lai Massacre. The women and children who were killed that day were not people. They were “Gooks”, “Slopes”, whatever. They were not humans to the soldiers who destroyed them. We did the same thing in World War II. We fought the “Japs” and “Nips.” It was easier to kill “Krauts” than Germans. Editorial cartoonists have drawn people as anything other than human for centuries. In fact, back in the Paleocartoon era, the authorities passed a law in England that it was ill

Confusion Or Confucius

Nobody knows where this proverb comes from. Some say it’s Greek, others say it’s Chinese and still others say it comes from the Turks. They have a phrase that says “the fish stinks first at the head.” And of course it’s not entirely accurate. In reality, the guts of the fish rot and stink before the head. It works for me either way.

Stay Focused

President Bannon would like us all to spend an inordinate amount of time talking about climate science (fake or fact) than the the Russia investigation. Bannon and his minion trump know their time is limited, so if they can stall, they’ll be able start a full-scale nuclear war against North Korea. If you saw “Bannon’s War” on Frontline, you know his apocalyptic vision. Will Bannon’s dystopian nightmare come true? It’s up to our system of laws to stop him. Meanwhile, things are brewing in the intel divisions. I don’t expect trump to survive for long when the intel community focuses on how to relieve him of his barely-used Oval Office. It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and the fat lady is

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Editorial and political cartoons by Bob Englehart