Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dialing It Back

Last evening I watched the election results noting some victories and some disappointments. It troubles me to use the terms win/lose; in a democracy/republic there are no losses. Acceptance is the product of an election until there is another election opportunity to exercise the will of the majority. 

I am grateful that I live in a country that allows me to publish my views.  America never stopped being great.    

I am going to dial back my political comments. There is very little that can be accomplished until we vote again in the run-up and general elections of 2020.  Civility must return and I am going to make an effort to do my little part. My hope is that politically some balance will return to our three beautiful branches of government. We have likely survived the worst and the union will survive Trump as long as there are checks and balances. Trump will continue to embarrass himself and there is nothing I can do to prevent that.   

I will continue to publish my Sunday political cartoons because not all of you have access to some of the editorial channels I subscribe. Be forewarned, they will express my political view, hopefully, laced with some humor to highlight the absurdity of some situations. America has a rich history of political satire expressed in editorial illustration.     

It is time the whole nation takes a collective deep breath. The nasty nature of this election, with both sides exploiting fear and rage, has given me a reason to pause. It is like we have just watched a preschool food fight or frat house drinking binge. It is time to clean up the mess and not let it happen again. Let's dial it back.

Make America civil again!   



  1. Hi Rhonda, I would like to applaud your call for civility. But I'm afraid you may be creating a false equivalency that both sides of the political debate are equally to blame. And they are not.

    Only one side said there were some "very fine people" among the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.

    Only one side are calling refugees to America "an invasion" who must be met with force.

    And only one side wants to--by law--erase transgender Americans.

    And that's just a few examples.

    Yes, these elections do have winners and losers.

    So, certainly, go ahead with civility. But also remember that democracy requires us all to take a stand.

  2. I applaud your return to civility. Many of your partisan comments were quite hateful and hurtful. Humor is fine but some of the left wing echo chamber comments were hard to digest and in the spirit of civility I chose to remain mostly quiet.

    I think that with the checks and balances that come with a divided Congress that the markets will regain some sense or certainty and that we can have a good year or so before the political hate machines get back in gear for 2020.

    1. Thanks for the comment Pat - You have been missed. I always welcome comments expressing other views. Please comment often.