Hey GOP: It’s The Message, Stupid (Not The Delivery)

  As you know, many (REAL) Republicans voted for President Obama.  When asked what went wrong, most Tea Partiers are saying “It wasn’t the message, it was the way it was delivered”.  Let me give you a subtle hint…..WRONG!  What you were offering was not even close to Conservative. It would have been the biggest government in the history of the world.

  Privatization of important government functions ala Herbert Hoover which led us straight into the great depression.  Sending immigrants born and raised here to their parents homeland?   Virtually legalizing rape so you can criminalize abortion?  Feeling the adrenaline run of old white men sending young men overseas to die for whatever reason?  Policing everyone’s bedroom to make sure they were behaving? (I imagine behaving means “anything but what our own Republican Patreaus does”). Making certain gays did not get equal rights to the rest of us.   You get an A+ on delivery.   We heard everything perfectly.   The message was what killed you. It was/is dismal.   Do you have any idea how big a government that is?  Even an inkling?  And how horrendous it would make our country in all the rest of the world’s eyes?  A government like that is like “Stalinism on Steroids”; so much larger and every bit as evil as Stalin’s Soviet Union its uncanny.   And you think it was the way the message was delivered.

 Might want to get back to Karl and Grover on that one. They led you astray with that too; not to mention taking all your money with guarantees of a grand victory.  You’re not mad at me. If you have any sense at all you’re mad at them and the fringe right of your “party”.  THEY brought you down. Not Obama, not me, not anyone but them.   Look within when something is that very wrong.  It can be fixed, but anger is a luxury you can’t afford (unless it is directed properly and released) so you can move on from it. 

The people have spoken.  We do not want America to go back to the dark ages.    We do not like abortion, but we also are educated enough to know that the pro-life movement is so archaic, it causes millions of more abortions than it prevents.    They have become the party of “More Abortions And Dangerous Ones”. The pro-choice movement has become the party of less abortions, much less,  in medical environments and prevention using contraceptives, education, and family planning.

We don’t want your message.  Rewrite it, edit it,  sugar coat it, make it even seem sane (if that is possible).  We don’t want it.  If its good for you. Live it.  Exchange those values in your religious institution. You are not converting us or anyone else via government. That is a theocracy, and that is why we have gone to war for years……to fight theocracies due to how evil they are.  In just religion, these ideas are benign and fine.  They are for you. They are not for  you to impose upon us, any more than I would impose my beliefs upon you.  Make sense?   And I am a strong believer in G-d and I have much faith.  But if you don’t that is fine with me.  In fact I demand it.  Be you, because that’s all you can be.  If you start being me, then you’ve lost you. 

America wants Planned Parenthood as it saves lives.    We don’t want a theocracy.  Really.  If the die-hard Tea Partyers want a theocracy, find a place and form one and “Theoc away to your heart’s content”.  We’ve seen your little power game and have no interests.   America is a melting pot of all races, creeds, religions etc and before long,  all of us will have equal rights (in spite of you). 

You can join us (far right) but you have got to learn to behave.   You don’t set the rules.  America does.  And lately, you’ve proven you do not want to play by America’s rules (the Constitution).  If they bother you that much, I bet anything we could talk an airline into offering free one way tickets to ANYWHERE you’d like to go.  Because if you try this again, (Block & Blame: What your Congresspersons did to Obama),  you will see your party so voted out, you will try to remember the name of it.  Really.  Don’t get mad at me. I’m just listening to the word on the street and passing the word.    Now lets go be Americans or lets bid each other farewell.

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Rick London is a writer, cartoonist and designer living in the Ouachata Mountains of Arkansas. He founded Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons and funny gifts Londons Times Cartoons & Gifts and several other mainstream online shops like Rick London Designs featuring wisdom quotes gifts and cartoon sites that feature famous people in his cartoons. He is married to nature/wildlife photographer and gift designer Lee Hiller-London of the Lee Hiller Designs Brand.

Stop Blaming Obama by Rick London

I remember when I was young and immature (like Donald Trump), and used to blame one man for every single slump in my business. That man was the President.

I felt, “Why is business down? I know why.  Dam President. We need to vote him out, and get one who understands.

It never occurred to me that I had shortcomings.  That at least 90% of my business stats had to do with my own business practices, not what one man’s actions were in Washington, D.C.

Under the Clinton administration, I launched the business I have now which is cartoons and quote licensed gifts. It grew rapidly.

It grew some more during the GW Bush administration; in fact at times faster than under the Clinton administration, and I didn’t even vote for GW Bush, but I give credit where credit is due. 

Neither Bush nor Clinton had very much to do with it, though with a balanced budget (Clinton) I admit made it easier to start such a business with zero backing.

Under Obama, it probably grew its largest, but also had some of its slowest days; neither of which had anything to do with President Obama. 

My Same Office (During GW Bush & Obama) Administrations. Still Operating

It all had to do with me. How was I promoting it?  Was I following up on sales?  Was I being creative and persistent with my products?  Was I utilizing social media properly.

Absolutely none of that had to do with Obama.

I sincerely get a huge chuckle when I see broke ex-millionaires like Donald Trump blame Obama for every business problem that happens to him. For instance, all those clothiers are having

(Above) My office: Under

GW Bush & Barack Obama.

Nothing has changed, and

business is good.

their merchandise made in China.

“Who can compete”?, he asked David Letterman.  Letterman turned his batch of ties over to find they were “Made In China”.  Busted.

Get real people.  Obama is doing fine on the economy.   Romney has no plan.  Besides what either of them do has VERY little; maybe .000034 of what happens to your business, compared with what you do to it.

Also keep in mind we live in a world with rapid changes. Check your merchandise or service regularly.

As an adult I had to switch careers at least 6 times and go back to school at age 47. Under Obama? No under GW Bush.   The training I’d had became obsolete.

 It was not Bush’s fault and he gave me a chance to re-educate myself.

 Start coming clean. We all have shortcomings and Presidents have little if anything to do with them.

Neither do our parents (anymore) if we are adults.  We’ve had plenty of time to correct their mistakes.

If you don’t care for President Obama for the reasons we know you don’t, fine. Admit it.  We know its not because he’s not doing a very good job in spite of 4 years of GOP obstruction (they admit

it), he’s not a socialist, a secret Kenyan Muslim, he’s a Christian who loves America and his family and America.

If you don’t like him,  most of us really know why (See: John Sununu on YouTube for further information).   I respect him for revealing his “dog whistles”. I abhor those who still use the useless

nonproductive ridiculous “hide my racism” talking points.

Now quit blaming Obama and get to work.  That’s what I’m doing.  And I’m making money…just like I did under the GW Bush administration, when America was falling into a depression.  But

here’s the rub. I work hard.  You can do.  Are you telling me I’m wrong? If I am, you may be in the wrong business.  It may be an unnecessary service. It happens a lot these days.  It happened to me as I said.  If you are in the right business, and you are working hard, I mean truly hard, you’re making money. No excuses. Obama has about as much to do with your income as the unemployed in Queens have to do with making Donald Trump’s ties.

The harder the work, the lesser you blame the President, any President, or anyone else for your shortcomings. 

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Rick London is a writer, cartoonist and designer who founded Google’s #1 offbeat cartoons and funny gifts LTCartoons.com.  He is married to writer/nature photographer/designer Lee Hiller-London who is the founder  Lee Hiller Designs Home Decor Gifts & Clothing. 

How Today’s GOP Insured That This Independent Would Probably Never Vote GOP Again

As a couple who was neutral for our 1st 2-3 years on facebook; didn’t even mention politics once, we were allowed to observe. My wife Lee Hiller-London were VERY busy with our work, and didn’t have time to follow politics.  What little I could see, I had pretty much made up my mind I was for Huntsmann.  Lee was building her new brand, and I was expanding my then 13 year old cartoon brand and compiling several books.   Politics was one of the last things on our mind.  We live in a small mountain town where, though people vote, most of them (and us) get along in spite of poltical differences. After all, we’re all Americans with the same goals.

  Our town Hot Springs, Ar has an education demographic a bit higher than the national norm.  We are all keenly aware that political differences are a moot point; that if one must judge another, it should be on character, or one is going to be very disappointed since not all Republicans and not all Democrats are pristine citizens.  But more importantly, character remains head and heels above political or religious dogma.  It’s nice to live in a community with that kind of progressive mindset.  Sometimes it feels like being “a fly on the wall” of some of our Founding Father’s early meetings.

I didn’t dislike Obama but it appeared “nothing was getting done”. (I had not had time to study the GOP Congressional Armada against him). Once I learned the real story from the library of congress, National Archives etc (and not slanted news networks), I was livid. 

By then I was being bullied by this strange theological cult pretending to be the GOP and demanding I love Sarah Palin, then Herman Cain (and their hero/American Patriots) seemed to change with the weather.  I didn’t know who they were, I just knew I was not going to vote for whomever they wanted.  Their bullying was like high school on steroids.

 They demanded lockstep belief, behavior etc and “to vote like them” or be a “socialist Muslim traitor to America” (their words, not mine).  They turned out to be known as “The Tea Party”. So my 1st taste of what the GOP had become reminded me of someone had gotten the keys to the institution and let them all out.  They have not changed, but I surely have.  Finally I decided to listen a little closer to what they were saying.  While they were still trying to figure out who/what I was (why was that so important?), I was watching them watching me.  

They had already concluded I was an Obama supporter when, ironically I was fully behind Huntsmann.  But I dare not tell him; as I felt even that far back that Huntsmann was way too sane for a party with that much hate/judgement etc; and I may have to choose another candidate.  And given the GOP’s choices, it was probably going to be Obama.  And the more they bullied me, the closer I got to liking Obama. And finally I was on his side by default.  It was them trying to “scare me into not voting Obama”, that I knew instinctively he must be the right one, and they knew of something very nasty going on (I would later discover the GOP block of all jobs bills, veterans job bill etc etc etc).  Since I’d not watched much news as it would interfere with school and work, I was vulnerable game for any political party (or theological cult in their case).  I decided to go along with a real political party.  In the famous words of Ronald Reagan, I didn’t abandon them, they abandoned me”.  And big time.  

Though I still think Huntsman would have made a great President in the same vein as Teddy Roosevelt or IKE (I tend to lean more fiscally conservative than most), I also got the real scoop on Romney/Ryan vs Obama.

 Obama makes Romney/Ryan look like Enron when it comes to economic fiscal responsibility. Yes, my reason for voting for Obama is not because Romney is too conservative….it is because Obama really IS conservative…but a real one. A centrist conservative very much like Teddy Roosevelt or IKE.  What is Romney? It, of course,  depends on what day it is, and in which state he is making a speech. Frankly I prefer the “Casual Friday Moderate Mitt”; but that only lasts 12 hours.

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Rick London is an author, designer, cartoonist and songwriter.  He founded Londons Times Offbeat Cartoons & Funny Gifts in 1997.  They have been Google’s #1 ranked since 2005.  He is married to popular nature/wildlife photographer Lee Hiller-London who runs Hike Our Planet.

John Doe Letter To The GOP by Rick London

A John Doe Letter To The GOP:

 

Dear GOP,

I imagine this letter does not come as any big surprise.  We both have seen it coming for a long time.  I will admit at one time, long long ago, we were inseparable. I was so proud of you, and you seemed to be of me. Sure, I flirted with that other lady (democratic party) many times, but nothing I did that Ronald Reagan didn’t do, so don’t be mad.

This wasn’t an overnight decision. I’ve taken your bullying, insults, patronizing, your talking behind my back (but we always had a mutual friend who pretended to be your friend only, and of course I heard what you said the same day)…..and all sorts of other insanity (and oddly enough I liked Obama about as much as you did the first few years, but that is before I knew what the GOP Congress was doing). I was so afraid he was not a do-nothing President. Imagine my surprise when I discovered he was a do EVERYTHING President,  and the GOP Congress was asleep at the wheel.  Theirs, and your hate for Obama was far greater than either of your love for our great country. You were willing to let it sink, just to get rid of Obama. How dare you.  This is our country too. Not yours, not Romney’s, not the Koch Bros only. Sure you own your fair share but guess what.  So do the rest of us. 

And I don’t blame you that you got hijacked by the loon fringe; that would be like blaming a pilot for a hijacking. You tried your best to show them sanity and even sent sane prophets such as Jon Huntsman but they wouldn’t listen.  He even had a budget and health care bill endorsed by the Wall St. Journal and thumbs up from the AARP  (as does Obama) but not you, my dear ex, GOP,  you became the major joke of politics (in my lifetime).  Think I enjoyed seeing that?  Well think again.

Now we have nothing in common.  You know I am a Constitutionalist and it is not unlike me to read the Constitutions of the world which are available (in totality) on the net.

What you are now offering is actually more brutal than the Constitution of Iran.

We are not a Theocracy. I believe that every man and woman in office should have every right to practice their faith but as Thomas Jefferson said, “Whatever you do, don’t mix it with politics. From that is what we ran (England).

Don’t you remember that Jefferson re-wrote the Bible; the Jefferson Bible and it was given to all of Congress all the way up until the 1940s?  All the miracles were removed (he carefully edited it by razor blade).  It’s still available on Amazon if you don’t believe me.

It was not that he didn’t believe in God, he did as do I. He simply wanted to make very sure nobody got the idea of it being a good idea to legislate religious morality.  And now, you are working behind his, and our other founding father’s backs to do just that.

And this forcible rape thing….at first I thought it might be a joke from SNL or The Onion. But you were really serious about the rapist suddenly becoming “the loving father” with visitation rights for 18 years.  That would make America the most immoral country on the planet. 

You do not believe in equal rights for all.  Sure you “Love the gay, but hate the sin”.  Do them a favor…just hate their guts as they know and we know that’s what that means.  If you spent that much time and energy on your own sins, you’d have no time to even worry about gays.

You think every immigrant must leave; even those born here illegally but know no other country but America.   That’s not the America I know.  Consider this. Christopher Columbus was Hispanic,  here illegally, and without his papers.

You want to take away women’s health care, contraception and reproductive rights.  You remember I told you once I don’t like abortion either, but you want to legislate it which is not only UnConstitutional, now we know it will cause millions more abortions annually. Haven’t you heard about the Internet Abortion Entrepreneurs laying in wait (praying Romney/Ryan would get elected) so they could hawk their cheap ulcer drug that works as a semi-abortion drug {Misoprosol} which will make abortions so easy, women won’t even need a doctor. Oh and it only works 97% of the time. But on the 3% it doesn’t it usually causes horrendous birth defects.  But I know how you feel about that now. Any woman who would have an abortion deserves that.  And the more you try to outlaw abortion, the more you finance the abortion drug, as it will go further underground, be pricier, and you’ll be financing that.  Sorry, I’m too well to attend your party any longer.   Yet another reason we must break up.

Consider this.  I’ve been an Independent now for many years.  I can tell you from all the disgruntled GOP’s (and Democrats) in this country who are also in our party that if the GOP Congress keeps acting this way, we Americans will keep electing Democratic Presidents (even if we don’t like them very much).

Why?  Because we Independents are often a bit more educated and aware than the average voter. We know how Washington really works, and its not the President who usually is the problem; it is Congress…and this one has been the worst.
So, if you want to keep seeing Democrats as Presidents, I encourage you to keep treating them the way you’ve treated President Obama the past 3 years. I can assure you Democrats (or Independents) will be elected over and over and over again, until you learn that compromise is not a dirty word,  that all Americans deserve equal rights and the pursuit of happiness, keep your faith but America is not a Theocracy, Iran is,  and you can’t bully me anymore. Even my therapist would fire me if he thought we were still seeing each other.

 

We’re 40% of America (we Independents) and we can vote you out so fast you won’t have time to blink.  Think it through.  Perhaps a total remodeling of a party that simply doesn’t work in the 21st century might serve you well as a start.  Calling me names and rumors and innuendo isn’t going to help you one iota. What I am telling you is actually very instructional.  I know you don’t believe it but I hate to see you crumble like this.  Remember, I was once one of you.  In fact so were a majority of Americans.  But you left us, we didn’t leave you (to quote the late great Ronald Reagan).

Please remember that just because I don’t love you anymore doesn’t mean I don’t like you.  I want you to be strong….but whenever I consult with you (regarding being strong, you do the opposite.  Now who does that help; and see where it got you in the 2012 election.   You have to admit you were quite the joke; but you were good to me in many ways.  After all I’m in the cartoon and humor writing business, and I’ll give credit where credit is due. Your ignorance was definitely to mine, and many others advantage (who are in similar businesses).

Oddly, I’d rather live in a less divided country than be a successful cartoonist or humor writer.  Really.  I know you don’t believe that but I’m not driven by greed. I’d gladly go back to generic cartoons if you’d at least try to act humane and with integrity.

I know this John Doe letter is painful, but it’s also instructional.  If you’ll do a few of the things I say; not just lip-service (Oh I love all people in all parties, gays, etc etc) but actually DO it, you might just find some of us come back and you can court us again. Meantime don’t come stalking me or I’ll take out a restraining order. 

Best Wishes,

Rick London
Londons Times Cartoons

 

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Rick London is a writer, author designer and songwriter. He founded Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts, Londons Times Cartoons. He lives with his wife nature photographer Lee Hiller London who publishes the blog Hike Our Planet.  Together they live in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.  They are actively involved in green, childrens, and animal causes.