We at LTCartoons.com will not be online much today. Of course we are grieving, not only for the 2,974 souls who perished on September 11, 2001, but for those who are living today, who don’t understand what happened to us.
The horrendous beast who murdered our citizens wanted nothing more than to divide our nation; either politically or by class. He told us over and over in videos that the knocking down of our buildings would not do it, but it would be a start. In many ways, he is still succeeding.
He knew we would wage wars and wars would drain our budget. It did. I have seen a war budget. It makes health and other social bills look like pocket change.
We would then begin to point fingers at each other and not him. Even GW Bush said, “I don’t think about him much anymore”.
Think right now and ask yourself, “Who is the biggest enemy to America?” If you said The President or those voting for him, or Romney or those voting for him, then you are still living that madman’s (Bin Laden’s dream) and I grieve for you.
If you’ve gotten past that, and know we MUST have a strong two-party system that works together as outlined by our Founding Fathers, then congratulations. You (and I) can move on (but never forget the evil plans of 9/11).
I encourage you to vote this November 7. But I also encourage you to support our President, no matter who wins. Because if you don’t, and if you try to undermine his work, you are still under Bin Laden’s Machiavellian spell; and of course I will continue to grieve for you too. The party for whom we are not voting is not our enemy. They are merely an aggravation. Poke fun at them if you like. Curse their being inept. But ALWAYS REMEMBER..They are not our enemy….. Al Queida is our enemy.
For 2.5 years on facebook I never mentioned politics once. Slowly and insidiously people on the far right begin posting everything from right wing political rhetoric to downright threats on my page (and sometimes my wife Lee’s). It occasionally happened from the left, but not chronically, methodically and in gangs. It was generally a once a month appeal (at most), not pushed, and very random. There was a dramatic difference. I still didn’t like it (as I’m in the middle), but it was not to the point of hateful and obstructing my work. I simply did not want to discuss politics on social media.
The great irony is, in those 2.5 years, we’d decided we pretty much did not care much Obama much as nothing seemed to be getting done. We’re keenly aware now, as is the rest of the nation, of Mr. Ryan hiding the Simpson/Bowles act, and now we know why, and may even vote for President Obama…though we never have before. The threats and rhetoric on our page never stopped. Though I’m an Independent, and might vote one of our Independent choices instead, I know I won’t vote the party that bullied us nonstop for 2 years. If they meant to recruit us, their skills were/are dismal. That’s not how its done. But they are still not my enemy. They are merely irritating and often fun to poke fun of.
We finally decided to fight back (even though we still weren’t decided who our candidate choice would be, but it was useless. They basically told us, “You are with us, or you are an evil socialist out to destroy America”. I knew immediately they were clearly living Bin Laden’s dream, and all I could do was pray for them (and still do). I do not mind if they don’t vote as I do; I only wish for them to behave like adults, and take it to the voting booth, not my facebook page. That is like my living room. It’s a “no touch zone”.
If you don’t like my politics or decisions, simply leave. That is how social media works. The threats are over. My wife and I are fighting back now, as you may have noticed, but all the while know you are not our enemy; you are simply irritating (if you are involved in this). For those who have not been involved, my deepest apologies for inflicting my retorts; they were and are not meant for you. I think people are starting to get it now….a strong 2-party system is our only hope. It works beautifully in my state of Arkansas where it is 50-50; and it can work in yours too. But first one has to drop the hate and/or paranoia. I’ll repeat; someone voting differently than you is not your enemy. Just irritating at worst.
So if you don’t “get it”, I also pray for you, that one day you will really see what has happened to you (and me), and how to simply let it go, and love ALL Americans again. It happened to me, it can happen to anybody.
Rick London is a writer, cartoonist, songwriter and designer. He founded Google’s number one ranked offbeat cartoons and funny gifts in 1997. They have been #1 ranked since 2005. He is married to nature photographer Lee Hiller-London who runs the popular nature photography blog Hike Our Planet.