From Sensible-ville to Radical-town…

From Sensible-ville to Radical-town

Originally published in the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
January 13, 2013

Justin Amash is a congressional representative from West Michigan. He is, from what I can tell anyway, an earnest person who takes his job seriously. But then he also tends to take these ideological stands (such as voting no on funding federal flood insurance), which seems less what a thoughtful, practical Midwesterner would do and more what a self-involved, purist from the Deep South would do.

Diane Hathaway was until very recently a Supreme Court Justice in Michigan. She resigned before she got kicked off for lying and doing stupid things. She’s a Democrat and our Republican governor will likely replace her with a Republican. Some are more upset by the prospect a new Republican justice than an existing Democrat who lies and does stupid things.

Michigan recently passed legislation to create tighter oversight of abortion clinics. Ostensibly, this was done to protect women. Practically, it was done to limit abortions. In any case, I heard more than one quote to the effect of “if just one life is saved, it’s worth it.” Could we not apply this same standard to sensible gun policies?


  1. Dad said,

    January 15, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    I think it’s a stretch to compare abortion to gun policies. I do agree that taking a life is wrong but the person using a gun has a free will the infant has no choice. Still, dead is dead and innocent people suffer. I believe the President is grand standing the gun issue especially when he agrees with late term abortions.

    I do agree that we could use better sensible gun policies but unfortunately it won’t stop the killing. Chicago, Cook County, has the strictest gun laws in the nation.

  2. jimb said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    This was a good and thoughtful comic. I often hear Republicans talk about getting government out of healthcare and then slapping heavy regulations on doctors who serve female patients. And they lose me when they claim that any gun regulation will bring about the immediate reincarnation of both Nazi German and Soviet Russia within our borders.

  3. John Auchter said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Yeah, equating abortion to guns is a stretch. But then that’s what an editorial cartoon should do — stretch, exaggerate, unfairly compare. It’s in the contrast that the inconsistencies and hypocrisies get exposed. Such as it being an article of faith that government regulation is inherently bad …except when it’s not, which just so happens to be when it aligns nicely with a political agenda.

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