What It Means To Be American

by Mr. Schnell

There are Americans and there are republicans (always lower case “r”). Americans believe in America, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, our rule of law. “r”epublicans believe in party only. “r”epublicans are not Americans.

Trump’s GOP

Published by starvingcartoonist

StarvingCartoonist is a former ICU nurse that has worked at numerous civilian, military, and veteran Intensive Care Units across the country for better than three decades but has been sketching, drawing, and cartooning since he first picked up a crayon in kindergarten. Dabbled with political cartooning, writing, and general illustrations but the bread and butter came from health care. Recently left professional nursing to concentrate on camping, hiking, nature, the outdoors, trees, trails, and peace of mind. Love a campfire; rather watch it than TV. Avoid bureaucracy, career ladders, ladder climbers, and hero worship at all cost. Evenings spent with a good book, reading until the book smacks my nose when I doze off. Generally up at sun rise, listen to the mourning doves, put the coffee on, and play it by ear the rest of the day.

7 thoughts on “What It Means To Be American

  1. This worries me a little. I have hit the star button as I love your drawing Mr Schnell and, having watched the news today, this hits the spot, but I don’t want to join a cosy club where we we all feel clever pointing out fault in our opponent.
    I am coming to feel this fight is over.
    All we can do is save ourselves, our souls.
    I don’t know what could turn this political and diplomatic juggernaut around, but I think the best we can do is to look for some inner peace and salve our conscience.
    Enjoy lampooning all the fools who parade before you Mr Schnell, it is your gift in more ways than one. I will go sailing, my friend Michael will write his book, we will all do as we did before, and we will again go to the ballot and mark our x, (or what ever it is you do over there), but I think it is dawning over many of us that humanity is in decline.

    Put simply, perhaps, it could be no other way. As a civilisation is growing, there would be opportunities, freedoms, and a chance of mercy. In a shrinking economy/civilisation these become vanishingly unlikely, and our civilisation must not merely shrink, but implode.
    Mr Trump is really what we all deserve, I only hope I don’t meet him in hell.
    Stephen.

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  2. Schnark,

    I am glad to hear you will go on sailing, Michael will write his book, that all will do as they did before and when you go to the ballot box you will vote your conscience. I don’t know that humanity is on the decline…haven’t thought about it. You mention we all deserve Mr. Trump and that you hope you don’t meet him in hell. Are you planning on going to hell? I have overheard conversations in which others mention that simply living in this time of Trump is currently hell, a sort of hell on earth of sorts. I like to think of it as a purgatory. This too shall pass.
    When you say “we all deserve”, are you implying by “we” the Human race? Or just the citizens of the UK and United States?
    We are on but a tiny rock orbiting in endless space. Not a second of existence is guaranteed. I am not terribly worried about “imploding”. I have had three events in life that I was very lucky to have survived. I consider myself an old man living on borrowed time. Each day is icing on the cake and I, for one, do not feel I “deserve Mr. Trump” and I won’t be meeting him in hell because when I die I won’t be going to hell. I will go somewhere but it won’t be Donald Trump hell.
    No cozy club here. I call it as I see it. Nothing clever about the obvious.
    Peace Out
    Mr. Schnell

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    1. Sorry Mr Schnell,
      I come in peace.
      I get over cooked sometimes.

      You see Mr Trump,
      And I see the leader of the free world
      It’s a big deal, but he’s yours, not ours.
      You clearly see him as evil,
      There is clearly evil in all of us.
      But there is also good.
      In all of us.
      In case I am misunderstood, my feeling was that we should focus on what is good in us.
      And try to find it in others.
      Included in this, is to do what we enjoy,
      Because joy is good.
      Going back to your Elephant;
      It is a noble creature,
      It’s defecation enriches the soil.
      Mr Trump’s does not.

      Your friendly Schnark,
      Stephen.

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  3. It’s a confusing time to be an American. Most Americans pursue a packaged “dream” that they have been spoon-fed above all others – owning property. Yes, I know the “dream” was supposed to be about freedom(s), but while Americans have been busy chasing the corporations’ LASER pointers and collecting shiny objects, and growing obese on junk that’s supposed to represent food, the republican party has been slowly whittling away their basic freedoms. All of them. Under Trump, the slowness and insidiousness of their destruction has been brought out into the open and been increased to light speed. Yet about 40% of the populous has formed a cult, not even recognizing that this party acts totally against their own personal interests. When the feudal lords finally and fully enslave the lower-economic 98% of the country, maybe they’ll wake up. Maybe not. More probably, the cultists will turn their bibles and guns against their brothers and sisters, having been fully assimilated, marching in goose-step, while blaming people of color and other countries for their own folly . . .

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  4. I am heading out to my quiet place. Time to ponder but mostly to enjoy the woods, birds, the community cat that stalks me in the wild. Thank you earthwalking13 and Schnark for your input. I turned off the TV so I don’t have to listen to Martha McSally call a reporter a “liberal hack”, I won’t view McConnell today, or hear supreme court justice Roberts baby sitting and admonishing the children to behave and tone down the scorching rhetoric or listen to any newscaster pundit spins.
    Peace out

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