Political Cartoons and Parody. . .


linPolitical cartoons and parody have a long and colorful history in the United States. Examples date from before the Revolutionary War  right up to today.  From Abe Lincoln splitting the Democratic Party to Obama’s Muslim roots, they have provided commentary on our American life. (Click images to enlarge).

Just about every newspaper and magazine runs a political cartoon in its editorial section. These cartoons and parodies have transitioned to the Internet and now play the same role today as they did in traditional printed media.

obama-new-yorkerCartoons and parody are a way of communicating an author’s thoughts on a particular subject, often using an “over the top” approach to get their point across.

Recently I was accused of “hiding behind my cartoons” by a local blogger, who it appears is incapable of realizing that people can have a differing point of view.

I just want to say, I’m not hiding behind anything.  On the contrary, I stand behind my parodies and cartoons. They might make some people angry, some people laugh and hopefully some people think.

Tom

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