5 Political Cartoons about National Issues:

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Catalino, Ken. "Santa vs. Congress". Cartoon. 23 November 2011. Townhall.com. 23 November 2011. 23 November 2011. http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2011/11/23/93884
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Category: Government
Precis: Ken Catalino, in his political cartoon about Santa, argues that Americans believe Congress is no longer a benefactor to the people by claiming that Americans are more likely to believe in a mythical Santa Claus in order to show the lack of trust Americans have in Congress. Catalino develops this position by comparing Santa to Congress as well as using irony to show children believing in a mythical creature such as Santa rather than Congress which makes decisions that affect all Americans. Catalino's purpose is to show that people in America of all ages are losing faith in Congress' abilities. Catalino's audience is the members of Congress, and he wants them to realize that they need to pay attention to people's own wants instead of their own when making decisions for the country.
Personal Commentary: As Christmas is closely approaching, I think that it is appropriate that some cartoon artists pull in the holiday aspect into their cartoons. The irony in this cartoon definitely depicts the lack of popularity Congress has with the American people and how more people are willing to believe in something they know isn't real rather than the powerful leaders of our country.


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Zyglis, Adam. "Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats". Cartoon. The Buffalo News. 23 November 2011. Daryl Cagle's. 23 November 2011. Politicalcartoons.com. 23 November 2011. http://www.politicalcartoons.com/cartoon/c38565f5-55e2-4300-9ddc-e279111063a7.html
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Category: Government
Precis: Adam Zyglis, in his political cartoon "Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats", implies that Congress in the United States is being controlled by Wall Street which includes the wealthy banker and company owners by claiming that Congress does whatever the Wall Street leaders wants it to do in order to show the influence that the Wall Street leaders have in America's government. Zyglis develops this position by incorporating a Thanksgiving Day Parade with Congress members portrayed as puppets directed by a hand which represents Wall Street. Zyglis' purpose is to not only show the American people who is really controlling Congress and its decisions, but also to exaggerate the fact that this isn't the way Congress is supposed to be run. Zyglis wants the people to be aware of the fact that the people aren't controlling the government like they should be, and he wants them to make others aware of the inefficiency and corruptness of American leaders.
Personal Commentary: I think it's rather ironic that Congress is being controlled by Wall Street when our government was created to be ruled by the people and make decisions for what was best for the citizens. I believe that Wall Street leaders have too much influence on what Congress does.


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McCoy, Glenn. "Obama's actions." Cartoon. 21 November 2011. Townhall.com. 21 November 2011. 23 November 2011. http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2011/11/22/93959
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Category: Government
Precis: Glenn McCoy, in his political cartoon about Obama, suggests that President Obama doesn't seem to care about national issues now that he is President by claiming that he used to always be present when issues were discussed when he was Senator in order to distinguish a change that has occurred in Obama's priorities as President of the United States. McCoy develops this position by showing a stark contrast between Obama as Senator vs. Obama as President and his readiness to care about important issues regarding the well-being of the United States. McCoy's purpose is not only to reveal Obama's actual priorities and obligations to his position, but also to make citizens aware that Obama cared about these issues to become popular enough to receive the title of President rather than continuing his same level of devotion in his current position. McCoy wants American citizen to understand that Obama was a lot more talk before he was President and has not acted nor cared about present issues, so that they will look at him with a more negative outlook.
Personal Commentary: I agree with this cartoonist because I believe that Obama has not done anything he said he was going to do. Once he got the title he wanted as President, he doesn't really care about the issues he once showed such passion for.


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The Ottawa Citizen, Cardow. "Perry COLOR." Cartoon. 13 November 2011. Daryl Cagle's. 13 November 2011. Politicalcartoons.com. 23 November 2011.
http://www.politicalcartoons.com/cartoon/e95a83b8-7e5e-47c2-966f-4f7153019da4.html
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Category: Government
Precis: Cardow, in his political cartoon about Rick Perry, implies that Rick Perry has shown through his Presidential campaigning process to be rather unintelligent by claiming that even unpopular George W. Bush looks smarter than Perry in order to hinder his credibility and his ability to become President. Cardow develops this position by depicting Bush as a child watching TV and presenting an already dumb President like Bush to recognize the fact that someone is making him look better by being unintelligent. Cardow's purpose is to not only mock Perry, but also to make apparent that both Republicans from Texas were unintelligent and unfit to be President of the United States because of their lack of knowledge about political issues. Cardow's audience is people who opposed Bush because they may have thought he was dumb to begin with, so that they will think Perry has even more reasons to not be supported throughout this campaigning process.
Personal Commentary: Perry has made himself look like an idiot in some of his public discussions which has hampered his popularity. I was watching a segment of a speech the other day where he couldn't even remember one of the three issues was supposed to talk about. Bush wasn't dumb, but I do agree with the fact that Perry has made himself appear to be rather unintelligent on some important topics.


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Gorrell, Bob. "Broke or Broken?" Cartoon. 22 November 2011. Townhall.com. 22 November 2011. 23 November 2011. http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2011/11/22/93920
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Category: Government
Precis: Bob Gorrell, in his political cartoon, argues that the American government is ineffective by claiming that it is both "broke" financially and "broken" physically in order to show the disjointedness of America's leaders. Gorrell develops this position by using an ordinary middle-aged couple discussing the government who use a word with multiple meanings to emphasize the issues that the government is having. Gorrell's purpose is to not only bring about several different sides of the problems within the government, but also to show how many citizens agree with the fact that the government has more than one thing going against it. Gorrell's primary audience is American citizens who can relate with the couple shown in the cartoon, so that they can feel a sense of unity within all citizen's who recognize the main issues with the government in order to be inspired to make some changes with who is appointed to being the leader of the United States.
Personal Commentary: I found this cartoon rather humorous because of the double meaning use of the word "broke". The government has some serious issues that need to be fixed, and the only way to make changes with the way our government works is to pick new leaders. I don't want Obama to be re-elected because I feel as if he has done nothing for our country so far.

5 Political Cartoons about International Issues

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Van Dam, Arend. “Journalists in Turkey.” Cartoon. 23 November 2011. PoliticalCartoons.com. 23 November 2011. Daryl Cagle. 28 November 2011.
http://www.politicalcartoons.com/cartoon/19aa5a79-11aa-438c-b310-54e7930dad85.html
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Category: Government
Precis: Van Dam, in his political cartoon "Journalists in Turkey", implies that the Turkey government is oppressing certain freedoms of speech by claiming that the journalists are imprisoned with the country's government being their prison guards in order to show the unjust practices that the government is doing towards journalists. Van Dam develops this position by using a prisoner to represent press freedom, while a prison guard represents Turkey and its government in order to metaphorically demonstrate the current relationship between the two. His purpose is not only to express his stance on the issue of journalists not receiving enough freedoms, but also to demonstrate the restrictions put on journalists within the country of Turkey. Van Dam's audience is people who may not be aware of the censorship present in Turkey, and he wants them to be more thankful for their freedoms currently.
Personal Commentary: I never realized that other countries may not be as fortunate as us to have freedom of speech and other sorts. People in the United States typically take our freedoms for granted since it's all they have ever known. Journalists in Turkey are attempting to show other people globally about their oppressed freedoms, but nothing is being done to change it.


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Van Dam, Arend. “Broken Euro.” Cartoon. 11 November 2011. PoliticalCartoons.com. 11 November 2011. Daryl Cagle. 28 November 2011.
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Category: Government
Precis: Van Dam, in his political cartoon "Broken Euro", suggests that the European Union is attempting to put back to the euro by claiming that it is currently broken due to inflation of banks trying to borrow too much money from each other in order to show that the process of putting it back together may seem more difficult than it appears to be. Van Dam develops this position by using the broken euro symbol to represent the European Union and their attempt to put the euro back together by working with all the European nations. His purpose is not only to exaggerate the severity of the issue present concerning inflation of the euro, but also to express the difficultly level of piecing back the broken euro where Europe would no longer be in debt. Van Dam hopes to show viewers around the world about the European debt crisis with the broken Euro in hope that they will become aware and cautious about the fact that the same thing could happen to their own country.
Personal Commentary: I honestly had no idea that there have been issues regarding the euro. I hope that the European Union learns their lesson with this whole ordeal and that they can slowly piece back together the economy due to this debt crisis. Also, I feel like the United States should take note of this event and try to not let it happen in this country as well.

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Nath, Paresh. “Action on Climate Change.” Cartoom. 28 November 2011. PoliticalCartoons.com. 28 November 2011. Daryl Cagle. 4 December 2011.
http://www.politicalcartoons.com/cartoon/e2f97109-860d-4556-b962-b085a6345afc.html
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Category: Government
Precis: Paresh Nath, in his political cartoon "Action on Climate Change", implies that the motivation behind the desire to act on the rapid climate change is dwindling by claiming that political energy is needed to make a difference in the approach towards climate change in order to demonstrate the much wanted fuel for action that will minimize pollution that has many negative effects on the environment. Nath develops this position by labeling an airplane as the "Will to Act on Climate Change", while "Political Energy" is "Wanted" to fuel the plane because "It is running on empty". His purpose is to not only make people aware of the fact that there needs to be more political drive for acting on this issue, but also to express his concerns about the fact that there is little to nothing left in the amount of motivation behind any course of action to reduce climate change. Nath attempts to alter the perception of citizens around the world so that they will become more motivated to incite the government to put more focus on the issue of global climate change.
Personal Commentary: No matter where you live or where you're from, climate change affects you. This is a global issue that the governments need to take drastic measures and work together in order to minimize the human impacts on the environment. The governments can make laws for everyone to follow, but it starts with the individual and ones motivation to make a difference. I try to take on that mentality when telling myself, "Every little thing counts".

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Chappatte, Patrick. “World Population Reaches 7 Billion.” Cartoom. 1 November 2011. PoliticalCartoons.com. 1 November 2011. Daryl Cagle. 4 December 2011.
http://www.politicalcartoons.com/cartoon/ef82944f-7ffa-461d-a66d-ac7f951cef26.html
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Category: Government
Precis: Patrick Chappatte, in his political cartoon "World Population Reaches 7 Billion", suggests that most people are unaware of the recent climax hit by the world population by claiming that more babies are being born that have been accumulating to an unheard of total population in order to inform the audience of this ridiculous new realization. Chappatte develops this position by showing an older woman admiring a young toddler, while the parents respond to her questions, "Is it the first?" by saying "...No, the 7 billionth", which implies that total world consists of 7 billion used-to-be babies. His purpose is not only to make the audience aware of the fact that the world's population has reached a new record, but also to exaggerate just how big this number actually is. Chappatte desires that the audience be made aware of this current situation in hopes that people from all over the world, particularly parents, will be more cautious in planning how many kids they should have based on the already over-populated planet.
Personal Commentary: I personally think that the world can no longer sustain any more population growth. We have exceeded the record high population and we are draining the world's natural resources because of the over population this planet has. People don't realize that when they are planning to have a large family. By no means should there be a law of how many kids a family can have, but I think people should be smarter in having fewer kids.

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Adcock, Brian. “Berlusconi Goes.” Illustration. The Scotland. 14 November 2011. PoliticalCartoons.com. 14 November 2011. Daryl Cagle. 29 November 2011. <http://www.politicalcartoons.com/cartoon/58967d0a-3fe4-4273-a4d9-b72b0172c801.html>.
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Category: Government
Precis: Brian Adcock, in his political cartoon “Berlusconi Goes”, suggests that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has done some irresponsible things which have resulted in severe consequences by claiming that he has left Italy with debt in order to demonstrate the corruption that took place under Berlsuconi's rule. Adcock develops this position by revealing Berlusconi in a toga with knives in his back that spell out “debt”, which signifys the effects of his rule, and in the background there are pieces of lingerie scatter about in order to hint at what Berlusconi was really doing instead of what he should have been doing to lead his country. His purpose is not only to sarcastically make fun of Berlusconi for what he was done, but also to subtly reveal how scandalous activities can result in unintended damages. He alters the views of his audience in how they initially perceived Berlusconi so that they would criticize his actions.
Personal Commentary: I just can't believe that an older man of political power would be involved in such sex scandals with younger women. He definitely got what he deserved now that he is no longer the Prime Minister of Italy.