Civics Quiz
Aug 05, 2020 | 5318 views | 0 0 comments | 623 623 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Political cartoons have been used for hundreds of years; their origins are said to be the visual artistic equivalent to editorials and opinions by writers in a newspaper or magazine. The manner in which an artist, or cartoonist can share their worldview in a sketch, immediately catches the readers eye, and most times, the sarcasm is humorous or the satire can be deemed worthy of the artist's intention. There have been instances throughout history, when such renderings of visual commentary steps over a line.

It is my feeling, that the most recent political cartoon in the July 30th edition takes unwarranted steps in an attempt to make a political statement regarding civil unrest in America today.

If presented with a sarcastic tone, the cartoon denigrates the reasons why "federal agents" have been called upon to stop civil unrest.

If presented as satire, the opinion of the cartoonist related to what constitutes the rise of tyranny in America today serves as fair warning the country is in worse condition than thought possible.

Neither the need for federal agents on our city streets or the need to wear a mask can be viewed as a tyrannical example. I will however, choose to indulge in the conversation.

With regard to what image accurately describes tyranny to me, I choose the mask. The federal agents are representative of the ways and means to protect us. The mask is a daily reminder of how America and the world at large has been attacked by carelessness or a deliberate attempt to put us all on notice.

What was missing in the cartoon is a third choice. A sketch of the Congressional Building in Washington, D.C., would have made the cartoon more relevant and timely.

The deception and lies being played out as a ruse upon the ill-advised American people everyday, by members of Congress is a better definition of tyranny than can be seen anywhere else in America.

A fourth choice could have displayed a computer representing Big Tech companies, who view the world around us as a toy to be played with like a game to keep them rich and powerful.


Craig Schwab


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