Preibus

“Preibus” May 29, 2017

This was the strip I meant to post last week, but life got in the way. Camping with my son led to a lot of back pain. Fortunately, we celebrate the sacrifices we made on the altar of war this weekend, so I have had some extra time to get this done. I will be back on track this week, as a result.
For those who don’t know, Reince Preibus is the chair of the Republican National Committee, one of those strangely named Republicans (Newt Gingrich being the most famous example) who has had to suck up their pride and get behind the horrible human being about to win the nomination of the GOP.The speech the Ghost of Abe delivers at the end is a much edited for space version of an actual thing the actual Lincoln once said in response to the Dred Scott Decision (see here). It’s worth reading in full on a weekend like this, when we conflate militarism with freedom:

What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.

I won’t say “Happy Memorial Day”, because too many people died serving our country in conflicts that were mostly unnecessary. I’d rather say, “Be respectful of veterans. They’ve put up with a lot of shit. Respect the dead, soldier and civilian alike who died at the hands of political elites and fearful publics.”

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