Easy to tweet, hard to have an ideology, a political will, an interest in anything but winning, or the frontal lobes of a burnt tuna casserole*!
As stated by a portrait of President Obama in a cartoon conversation with Li’l Trumpy, a recent, new character in the Zippy the Pinhead comic strip by Bill Griffith that’s appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press for years. The strip was never overtly political until Donald Trump somehow became our president. (Oh, did I say Donald Trump instead of President Trump? Sorry, I meant to say The Big Cheeto**.) Now the strip regularly features new characters like L’il Trumpy and Steve Bunion. Many of these strips end up comparing Li’l Trumpy to a burnt tuna casserole, a perfect simile.
In one strip, Li’l Trumpy is said to have the attention span of a burnt tuna casserole. This is the strip in which Steve Bunion says
Let’s ban all climatologists! Let’s lock up David Brooks! Let’s invade New Jersey!
I think I’m going to have to start checking in regularly on what’s going on with Zippy.
* from Zippy the Pinhead “Dropping an O Bomb” by Bill Griffith, 05/02/2017
** from Candorville by Darrin Bell, 05/02/2017
America has never seen a party less caring than 21st-century Republicans
– Lindy West, The Guardian, 03/29/2017
This is the headline of an opinion piece in The Guardian. Ms West’s article contains many spot-on quotes describing today’s debased version of the Republican party. I will provide a few but suggest that you read the article in full.
I don’t know that America has ever seen a political party so divested of care. Since Trump took office, Republicans have proposed legislation to destroy unions, the healthcare system, the education system and the Environmental Protection Agency; to defund the reproductive health charity Planned Parenthood and restrict abortion; to stifle public protest and decimate arts funding; to increase the risk of violence against trans people and roll back anti-discrimination laws; and to funnel more and more wealth from the poorest to the richest. Every executive order and piece of GOP legislation is destructive [emphasis added], aimed at dismantling something else, never creating anything new, never in the service of improving the care of the nation . . .
[There is a] void at the heart of the [Republican] party, that loss of any tether to humanity . . .
I posted a few days ago regarding the mainstream media’s reluctance to use the word “liar” to describe Donald Trump. I since have noticed with pleasure that the editors of The Huffington Post have started adding the following note to their posts about Trump.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.