Mike Luckovich for February 18, 2024

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    lopaka  3 months ago

    Historically, every dictator has a similar following. And, in the news today, our wannabe wants to fire thousands and replace them with people of the ilk in the cartoon.

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    William Bednar Premium Member 3 months ago

    At least Darth Vader has a plan. Trump just “does things”, stupid things.

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    VegaAlopex  3 months ago

    “Don, I am your father!” — not to be confused with Fred Trump

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    brwydave Premium Member 3 months ago

    Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!

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    happyinvenice23  3 months ago

    The republicans knew what were doing ing years ago when they slowly undermined our Education system with continuous cuts in order to give the wealthy and corporations more tax breaks and fatter checks for themselves, “Their motto, keep them ignorant and feed em BS!” In this cartoon Mike is showing us what I’m speaking of.

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    A# 466  3 months ago

    Not. Quite. Vadar was a tragic fictional character. In essence he was a good person, but partly through his own weakness and pride, his desire for expedience, augmented through exploitation by a pseudo-father, Vadar accepted entry into the “dark side.” Trump’s life trajectory certainly is a tragic one; he was abused by his father and has succumbed to his conceit and pride. Despite all his evilness, Vadar redeemed himself in the end — rather like the penitent criminal on Calvary. It does not seem likely that Trump will be able to redeem himself — although, like Vadar, that choice IS open to him. These same circumstances apply to the MAGA folks, who cleave to Trump closer than Jesus to the Cross, too.

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    erik.vanthienen  3 months ago

    With Putin in the role of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious? “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

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    atomicdog  3 months ago

    “So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.” – Padme Amidala

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    Tonto & Redd Panda  3 months ago

    Picture trump in a Darth Vader outfit. Size 46 with a red tie.

    Maybe trump should be Emperor Turpentine?

    Darth Vader should be margie whats her face.

    Put speaker johnson in a C3PO suit.

    The big guy in the sweatshirts, as Chewbacca.

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    Jack7528  3 months ago

    No!

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    Grandma Lea  3 months ago

    tRump is more of a Palpatine, with his following of mindless Sith/magas, but uglier

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    paranormal  3 months ago

    Oh Lord! May the force NOT be with them…

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    Alberta Oil Premium Member 3 months ago

    Mob mentality.. a process that works with devastating results.

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    casonia2  3 months ago

    Last year I traveled to the UK and toured Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Blenheim is the “seat” of the Dukes of Marlborough, situated on 12,000 acres. In 1704 the estate was gifted to John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, by King William III for his service in the Battle of Blenheim. As I toured the palace and looked out over the estate, I realized that all the people who lived and worked as small farmers on the 12,000 acres were GIFTED by William III to John Churchill. I’d always known this at some level, but visiting the palace and estate made me understand that these people (whoever they were; history has trampled most of them under) were owned by the king and given to John Churchill, who then owned them and their work. They did not own themselves.

    Fundamentally, what the American Revolution did was that Americans stopped being the property of kings and dukes and became owned by themselves. To this day (so far), Americans still own themselves. When people own themselves and the products of their choices and work, the USA is what they accomplished together.

    Why would any American want to become the property of a man who: 1. toadies to dictators and autocrats, 2. says he will set the DOJ on anyone who ever opposed him, 3. promises to purge federal employees and replace them with his loyalists, 4. has announced he will revoke birthright citizenship, 5. wants to perform mass deportations of Americans (mostly people of color or the “wrong” religion), 6. routinely stiffs workers, 7. insults our allies and breaks our treaties, 8. lies constantly, 9. has cheated on ALL his wives, 10. wants to control who you marry and how many children you have, 11. will dictate what religion you can practice, and 12. wants to suspend the Constitution to block legal proceedings against him?

    Why would you send a “billionaire” your money to pay his legal fees? Think hard before you vote.

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    Gary Williams Premium Member 3 months ago

    That is the Trump Dingleberries surging to get their $399 sneakers,

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    Radish the wordsmith  3 months ago

    As the second anniversary of the invasion approaches, Russians find most aspects of their lives reshaped at an unprecedented pace by their president.

    Children read freshly printed ­history books that defend Russia’s ­invasion of Ukraine and they learn how to handle ­military drones. War ­veterans, often former convicts from the ­notorious paramilitary Wagner group, visit schools to preach “patriotic values”.

    Theatres and museums, once at the centre of a bubbling independent cultural scene, have seen their critical shows curtailed, with artists and directors jailed or in exile. Some museums now put on exhibitions featuring the personal belongings of Ukrainian ­soldiers killed on the battlefield.

    Under the guidance of a ­militaristic orthodox church, the Kremlin has virtually outlawed being gay, sentencing its citizens for wearing frog-shaped earrings ­displaying an image of a rainbow or posting pictures of the LGBTQ+ flag.

    In one of the most visible ­demonstrations of Russia’s embrace of conservative values, ­authorities in December cracked down on a raunchy celebrity-studded party in Moscow, signalling the shrinking of political freedoms even for the well-connected. One of Russia’s most prominent pop ­singers, Philipp Kirkorov, has since embarked on a tearful apology tour, performing for soldiers in occupied Ukraine.

    Observers say that state ­pressure has created an atmosphere of fear and denunciation – with neighbours, friends and even family members reporting on each other, often ­anonymously – reminiscent of the darkest repressions under Joseph Stalin.

    One recent poll showed that up to 30% of Russians were scared to voice their opinions about the war, even to friends and family.

    “We have seen a clear nationalistic and patriotic consolidation around the war,” said Denis Volkov of the independent polling agency Levada Centre, pointing to surveys that show consistently high levels of support for the invasion among Russians.

    Trump will do this to the USA.
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    Radish the wordsmith  3 months ago

    The Republican House is on vacation leaving the border open and the budget unresolved. As soon as they get back from vacation they will blame the dems for the border being open and the budget unresolved.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 3 months ago

    Are there problems on our southern border? You’d have to be a deaf, dumb, blind idiot to think otherwise. Who’s been trying desperately for the last two decades to make some kind of attempt — any kind, a start, a patch, whatever — to update our immigration policies and staffing shortages to deal with it? Democrats! Who’s been standing in their way every time, on the theory that they don’t want to undermine the FUD factor (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) that motivates so much of their base? Republicans!

    Say it loud, long, clear, and often: When it comes to immigration, Republicans would rather have the problem than the solution!

    And there’s no reason to think this will ever change if it keeps working to their benefit.

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    Call me Ishmael  3 months ago

    The politics of resentment will bring us down.

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    FreyatheWanderer  3 months ago

    Vader at least had good in him – which he proved when he sacrificed himself to save the life of his son. I doubt tRump would do the same for any of his brats.

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