My Decade in Review

A decade is a long time — and this is a lot of cartoons! See my selections of the decade here with more than 80 of my cartoons marking the significant issues of the decade, starting off with Bush vs. Gore.

A decade is a long time –and this is  a lot of cartoons!  See my selections of the decade here with more than 80 of my cartoons marking the significant issues of the decade starting off with Bush vs. Gore.

I drew the cartoon below when the Supreme Court selected George W. Bush as president.  I “defaced” the justices who voted for Bush and my newspaper at the time, the Honolulu Advertiser, refused to run the cartoon.  Ah … memories.

The cartoon at the right gave me some trouble.  I drew it on the second anniversary of 9/11, which seems to have been too soon, as it drew some very angry reaction.

The cartoon below also garnered some angry reaction, with readers screaming that it was terrible for me to compare our nation’s president with that evil murderer, Osama Bin Ladin.

Another cartoon below drew some furious reaction from Republicans who wanted to argue with every little fact in the mind of Republicans – not to say that I was wrong, but to point out all the things they disliked about Democrats. Click to see them all.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post. For the past 35 years, Daryl has been one of America’s most prolific cartoonists.

5 replies on “My Decade in Review”

Point-by-point on "Inside the brain of a Republican:"

Most Republicans don't believe their own marriages are threatened by gay marriage. They do believe in the Judeo-Christian mandate that marriage is between a man and woman, and that the nation is weakened by gay marriage (they may be wrong, but that's what they believe).

Cutting some taxes in the '80s (remember, Ronald Regan signed hundreds of tax cuts AND tax hikes, but several key tax rates were lowered early in his first term) increased revenue. Spending increased even more, though, resulting in increased deficits.

As for the UN, well, yes. 17 sanctions and counting against Iraq should have proof that the body is impotent and irrelevant. But those 17 sanctions also proved that Saddam wasn't about to be nice to the world.

Republicans have never called for regulating a woman's reproductive system. We truly believe that an unborn baby is indeed a baby and should be protected by law. If a woman wants to bear 20 children and can pay for them, that's perfectly fine with us. If a woman wants to have a tubal ligation, that's fine with virtually all of us, too. As for corporations, most of us believe in sensible regulation. But as we've seen with air travel, deregulation has led to both safer skies and lower costs to the consumer. Much government regulation is superfluous and counter-productive.

Yes, a lot of Republicans want to deport illegal aliens. But the operative word is "illegal." And as for those who clean our houses or mow our lawns: oh, come on. I don't know a single Republican who employs maids or gardeners.

I'm a little puzzled by the reference to gay marriage amendments coupled with states' rights. I've never heard this combination discussed.

We definitely DO NOT believe in larger government when a Republican is in office. Look at how Bush lost his base: in large part because of his alliance with Ted Kennedy on education, the $80-billion farm bill, and the Wall Street bailout (which most of us supported VERY reluctantly).

You may be right on trade with Communist nations. Many of us conservatives, though, would approve normalization of relations with Cuba, in part because we know Cuba has little to export to us, and socialist nations succeed only by exporting cheaply-produced goods or natural resources to us evil capitalists.

We may, indeed, be too harsh on drug addicts. But there's a big difference between the crack or meth head who steals to support his/her habit and the nationally-known radio host who got hooked on Oxycontin and purchased it with his own money.

We are opposed to using embryos for stem cell research, true, because we believe in the sanctity of the unborn. We don't believe in Global Warming for a variety of reasons, many of which have not been adequately explored by science (solar activity, a lack of a super-volcano like Karakatoa in the 20th Century, ocean currents). As for "creationism," we believe in a wide-ranging classroom discussion on theories that try to explain how elements such as carbon and oxygen were somehow transformed into incredibly complex life forms. And while we're at it, how is it that "science-based" liberalism rejects nuclear power, food irradiation and genetic modification of foods? All of them have been proven scientifically viable.

And Bill Clinton wasn't impeached for lying about sex, but for obstruction of justice (much like Trickie Dick). Did W lie about Iraq? Maybe so. Most of believe he was just misguided (much like today's Democrats are so misguided about health care "reform").

It never ceases to amaze me how conservaties can make black white, up down, and fiction fact. Everything that this cartoonist said about Republicans is true, yet some clown with too much time on his hands just HAS to issue a pseudo-factual rebuttal. Give it up, Elephant Man. We've got your number.

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