Posts tagged Ramirez Is A Hack
Posts tagged Ramirez Is A Hack
Owning a small business is totally comparable to the American Revolution.
And you know, let’s say someone did actually make the argument Ramirez is stuffin in Obama’s mouth. The American revolution was the privileged tantrum of British settlers, who got their land and wealth from British Imperialism, but got angry when they were forced to pay more for a consumer commodity (tea). How is this somehow less valid than Ramirez et. co.’s birlliant argument that “herp derp Occupy protestors have clothes made by corporations, hypocrites!”.
Also, Michael, yes, we got it. You have a boner for redrawing classical paintings of the mythical early America. Because a time when Africans were considered three fitfhs a human being, the grand declaration of self-evident truths and freedoms only applied to white, land-owning men, and people still could seriously argue that they had a manifest destiny to steal an entire continent and kill its inhabitants. I guess he would be home at that time.
If this symbolizes their victory dance over the ignorant far right,a Good Cartoon.
But in another perspective, this is kinda hilarious, since the Gasden flag was originally a naval jack, and one of the early acts of the new American government was “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen” which required privately employed sailors to have health insurance.
The speech bubble makes it original.
Criticizing the president for TV appearances, something previous presidents have done since the dawn of TV, and for eating dog meat served to him as a child, when most people don’t have a choice to turn down food given to them, is childish, desperate, and undignified. A good cartoon.
Submitted by austinlobo
I’d like to add: Take a good look at Ramirez’ realistic, detailed depiction of the Sesame Street gang, compared to the two worm-headed beanpoles ostensibly passing as humans.
The creation by the right of this simulacrum of the president has been an overarching theme in Ramirez’ work for the past four years. You can track its (d)evolution over time — compare Obama a la Ramirez circa 2012 with the same circa 2008. Though still distorted through a skewed lens, the image of the man at least had flesh and substance, a passing resemblance to its true subject. Not so the skeletal stand-in of today, stripped of the least shred of reality — his head ever-shrinking, swallowed up by a couple features exaggerated beyond reason, over time bearing less and less resemblance to the actual president let alone any human being alive. A wisp, a scribble; almost no effort is exerted in its depiction. As Baudrillard wrote in describing the passage of the image through the stages of counterfeit to mask to simulacrum, “It is no longer a question of imitation, nor duplication, nor even parody. It is a question of substituting the signs of the real for the real.”
This Obama-substitution is propped up against, and stands in stark contrast to, a lovingly crosshatched plane (DEBT), car (DEBT) or boat (DEBT). Mere pieces of machinery, rendered with more life and verisimilitude than the president himself; often shoehorned into frame on the slimmest excuse for what passes for discourse (DEBT). Against such a backdrop — never once opening his eyes, barely opening a tiny mouth above the empty space where his chin should be — this tortured concept of a man recedes further and further into the singularity of machinery and labels. (Often he doesn’t even appear at all anymore, merely represented by a speech bubble escaping one of these machines.)
It certainly highlights the dehumanization directed at Obama, the extreme otherization of a leader who, realistically speaking, hasn’t governed any differently from any previous administration. The original, the real, the facts — they no longer figure into this patchwork monstrosity in the conservative mind’s-eye. All that remains is the simulacrum. An effigy, to be burned in the fires of fear and hate and ignorance.
This, Ramirez warns us, is what political discourse has been reduced to. A cacophony of machinery and labels stomping on a dehumanized face, forever.
Very observant. Brilliant even. No wonder Ramirez earned all those Pulitzers.
Weeping liberty, true believers! Obamacare is an attack on our freedoms and will shred everything the Founding Fathers fought for! I know this because Michael Ramirez has said the same thing three fucking times in the space of one fucking week.
And don’t forget this gem from a while back.
Man, this is racking up points on the bingo card. Ramirez, stop it!
I’m not sure if I should try to comment on this, because I can’t match this entry by A Good Cartoon.
Even without that, this is the type of cartoon I hesitate to engage, because this is so ridiculous, so hyperbolic. Merely noting it gives it a legitimacy it has not earned. I cannot believe that even Ramirez believes what he has depicted here. “Birth control equals the end of all freedom.”
No one can be that stupid to believe it, can they? They all just go along with this because they think that everyone else believes it and they need to keep up appearances. It’s like people going to church even if they don’t believe anything being preached, because they live in a small town and people would notice they didn’t go. But deep down they’re all thinking “This is all bullshit. Am I the only one that sees that?”
I wonder how many people go along with this just because they don’t like The Other Side (in this case, Democrats/liberals), and how many are just in the thrall of tribalism. They go with the herd because they need to belong.
Any commentary on this is kinda redundant, since this just rehashes shit we’ve seen this Uterus Hunting Season. And why can’t one single conservative cartoonist get the actual point right? No-one is demanding “free birth control” (free as in beer, not as in speech), the point is that health insurance should cover birth control despite religious objections.
Of course, the freedom of people who use birth control is, by Ramirez’ definition, less important than the freedom of other people to dictate their personal lives.
Also, Ramirez is taking notes from Gorrell, it seems.
Ramirez not only copy-pasted two panels, but apparently also the dialogue, because I’m pretty sure I’ve read those exact words in one of his, Asay’s or any of the other Neo-Con Usual Suspects’ comic in the past few months as they beat the drum of war.
Anyway, Iran’s nuclear arsenal is about as credible as the 1950’s claim of the “missile gap”, and perpetuated by the same people. Those belonging, or in allegiance with the military-industrial complex. Israel has the capacity, and precedent for pre-empitive strike. Iran getting a working nuke is pretty much the only thing that would guarantee Israel wouldn’t dare suddenly attack them.
Iran has a lot of reasons to fear a war, not the least being the massive civilian death that would be caused by it. Something Americans tend to forget, is that wars usually end up killing thousands, if not millions of innocent people. “Collateral Damage”, or “Non-combatants” if the Military Newspeak is being generous. America forgets, because they haven’t experienced it. US wars are fought like video games, somewhere Over There, and the country hasn’t had to deal with the horror of war on their own soil for over hundred years.
The XL Pipeline was a bad idea.
Increasing oil production is not as importnat as finding alternatives for when oil inevvitably becomes too rare to be used commercially.
Fuck, I’m repeating myself as much as these hacks.
What’s a “Solar Powered Truth Dispenser” anyway? A lazy hack joke, that’s what.
political cartoons are the lowest form of political discourse
excuse me i think you’ll find political cartoons are still a thriving part of the new political arena and furtherm
Considering that this piece that Michael Ramirez vomited out won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, I’m inclined to agree.
This won? Goddamn, I hate this world.
So that is 50% of the main reason for me to hate Ramirez? I think my hate just grew three sizes.