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Archive for December, 2020

Classic Cartoon: Nation of Moochers

I’m taking some much-needed time off over the holidays. This is a “classic” from 2014 with some relevance to our current moment. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the minimum wage would be $24 in 2020 had it kept up with productivity growth.

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Victory in New America

This is all so science fictional already, it’s difficult to parody. It seemed the New White House might actually be built by the time I finished the cartoon. And if it were, many pundits would still call this “bickering” by both sides.


Coddling Corruption

If officials don’t show some proper outrage and act like Trump’s crimes are important, the public won’t perceive them as important. I wish more Democrats and the Beltway pundit class would channel even half the righteous indignation that Georgia election official Gabe Sterling, a Republican, displayed in his speech that went viral last week. 

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Death Worship

I keep encountering this specious argument that “religious freedom” is under attack because in-person services are being restricted while other businesses deemed essential remain open. A more accurate comparison would be indoor concerts, which have been largely shut down. Contrary to Justice Samuel Alito’s claim of victimhood in a recent Federalist Society speech in which he stated “religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right,” literally no one is trying to stop people from worshipping. It is simply a fact that in-person services have been a vector for spreading COVID not just in the US, but around the world, and that safer alternatives to congregating indoors exist. Moreover, this is not simply a matter of individual beliefs, but the lives of those outside one’s church. As Justice Sotomayor put it, the Court is playing “a deadly game” that “will only exacerbate the Nation’s suffering.”

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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.

 

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