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Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Tricky Serpent

Oct. 15, 2017 3:43 am
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Our so-called president, Donald Trump, was an accomplished liar long before he ran for the Oval Office. He trotted out lies about Barack Obama’s birth in an effort to delegitimize our first African American chief executive, and he wouldn’t drop the subject long after Obama had produced a certified birth certificate proving that he was born in Hawaii.

How could American voters, or, rather, an American Electoral College, elect someone like Trump who is such a bombastic and prolific liar?

They’re not all part of that basket of deplorables. A segment of the electorate voted for Trump because they despised Hillary or simply wanted to shake things up. They voted with their middle finger or, as Michael Moore has said, they wanted to throw a human hand grenade — namely Trump — into Washington out of sheer anger.

Some of these are generally sane people who were hurting, left behind by the economy. For these people, pulling the lever for Trump was a crime of passion, which they’re probably now living to regret, and for which they deserve perhaps some degree of leniency.

There are also Republicans who cynically hold their noses and support Trump no matter how wretched he is because they think he will further their agenda. In other words, they subscribe to the old Vietnam-era formula that it has become necessary to destroy the country in order to “save” it — that is, to save their pet projects or slavishly do the bidding of their wealthy donors. This is a pretty disgusting bunch, devoid of integrity.

But then there are the really deplorable crazies out there — the ones who support Trump no matter what he does. These people tend to be ignorant and, frankly, not very bright or discerning. A lot of them are diehard racists or aggrieved older white males who see their privilege slipping away as the demographics of the country change.

They’re gulled by the insane, improbable conspiracy theories on Alex Jones’ Infowars, or believe such bombastic fools as Rush Limbaugh.

Back in a saner era, Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not his own facts.”

Donald Trump hates pesky facts and takes his cues from extremist entertainers like Jones, Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Unlike the genuine journalists who toil at major newspapers and broadcast networks pursuing facts — the outlets Trump dismisses as “fake news” or the “fake media” — Trump doesn’t give a damn about the facts.

In that respect, the coiled snake on the yellow Gadsden flag is very appropriate. It’s not really patriotic, at least in its current usage; rather, it represents not genuine freedom but license.

Remember the Millers, Jerad and his wife Amanda? Back in 2014, before the mass shootings from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jerad and Amanda blew away two Las Vegas cops and three other people in a shooting spree after participating in rancher Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with federal officers. The Millers held anti-government, anti-police and white supremacist views. After shooting the police officers, the Millers covered the cops’ bodies with a swastika and a Gadsden flag, and left a note that read, “The revolution is beginning.”

They didn’t fly the yellow Gadsden flag — familiar from nutty “tea party” rallies — out of sincere patriotism. The “Don’t tread on me” slogan no longer calls for freedom, but for license to do whatever you please.

License to lie about Barack Obama; to illegally run your cattle on federal land like Cliven Bundy; to promote ridiculous conspiracy theories such as “Pizzagate”; to feel superior to people of other religions or to harbor racist hatred; to own an arsenal and bypass laws against fully automatic weapons. License to take care of ol’ Number One at the expense of everyone else through white collar crime or any other forms of fraud or cheating, or to stiff your contractors as Trump has repeatedly done — or to refuse to rent to minorities. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Lying, cheating and stealing. Whatever advances your interests; everyone else be damned.

This is not freedom.

This snake flag doesn’t stir patriotic thoughts in me is it might have in the past. It’s been hijacked and perverted by tricky snakes of the right who are reminiscent of the tricky serpent in Genesis. And that snake was the Father of Lies, as you will recall.

Mike Sutton
October 15, 2017 at 5:25 am
Trump has "lost his yoyo"


Trump has "lost his yoyo"

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Paul A Duginski
October 15, 2017 at 11:22 am
Trump's not just a loser, he's a yoyo loser! Lol.
Mike Sutton
October 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

Yes he certainly is - along with all apparent nazi salute givers.

Mike Sutton
October 15, 2017 at 11:59 am
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Paul A Duginski
October 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm
Previously our worst president was known as a tricky dick. This one, somewhat more elongated, has extended that into a tricky snake — with a forked tongue, to boot! to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

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