This Week’s Cartoon: “Laziness Craziness”

I swore I wasn’t going to do another Occupy Wall Street cartoon since I’ve done so many of them lately, but I couldn’t help myself. I find that there’s much to say about the Occupy movement and surrounding issues, while I don’t have many exciting insights yet about the Republican candidate-buffoons beyond pointing out that they are, in fact, buffoons. I’m sure they will inspire cartoons as the race heats up.

I feel this one violates my policy of trying to show rather than tell, but it makes a point about something that’s been driving me nuts. (See related cartoon from 2007, “The Mental Welfare State,” about people too lazy to pull their brains up by their bootstraps.)


  • Tom

    They’re already insulting veterans! Consider the vet who had his skull fractured by a police projectile in Oakland. Righties began denouncing him as un-American. When reports first started coming back from Iraq of soldiers being given inadequate armor and medical care, the response from the right-wing “Support our troops” types was “Aww, they’re a bunch of crybabies! They enlisted, didn’t they?” When they saw news photos of troops in Afghanistan greeting Barack Obama, their response was “Those pictures are Photoshopped!” and “Those guys in the pictures must be a bunch of REMFs*!”

    I think part of it is class. The guys who enlist come from bungalows, blue-collar neighborhoods and hardscrabble families. The wealthy young men get into a university, where they then join the College Republicans and solemnly talk about how “We” have to keep fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. They may talk about supporting the troops. But I suspect they really have contempt for those who do enlist. You can bet they wouldn’t want their kid sister to marry a soldier. :^)

    * REMF: Rear-Echelon Mother F0%#er. Derogatory term for the guys who do things like sort mail, fix engines, etc. I’ll admit to having used it sometimes in my younger days.

  • Maynard

    Yet another OWS cartoon might show police honchos thinking up reasons why unarmed demonstrations are pepper sprayed. After four women were sprayed in the face at point-blank range while trapped behind orange mesh netting at Zuccotti Park on Sept. 28, NYC police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly claimed it was a response to “tumultuous conduct,” and Deputy Inspector Roy T. Richter, head of the Captains Endowment Association, came up with: “ The limited use of pepper spray effectively restored order.” Both of these laughable lies went unquestioned by the NYT in reporting them. Obviously, the women, like the demonstrators sitting on the ground and holdling hands at UC Davis were pepper sprayed to intimidate future demonstrators and make police work easier.

  • Steve F.

    Jen –

    By referring to the Republican candidates as “buffoons,” I’m afraid that you’ve insulted buffoons everywhere.

    Prepare to be picketed.

  • Tom

    Buffoon (noun): A babboon that works out at the gym at least five times a week. :^)

  • Kevin Moore

    Nothing wrong with putting outrage and scorn into a political cartoon. You do it very well.

    Also, I love the character design of the OWS critics. Those arms crack me up.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Tom – Good point about how they’re already insulting veterans.

    Kevin – I was watching some episodes of Rocky & Bullwinkle, and I think that came through a bit in those characters.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.