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"Up, up and away, in our beautiful balloon…" I love what you've done with Congress this week. While the White House is heavily rooted in some attempted reality, always looking staid and conservative (the actual, not political, definition of the word), Congress is floating up in the clouds. It's evident that Congress heeds no laws, be they Newton's or the Constitution's, Biblical or Mathematical, no, not the laws of physics or numbers. Instead they float where their hot air keeps the billowy dome inflated with whatever reality they're up to creating. Beholden not even to the laws of math, they're already up to 110% of whatever deviltry was deemed possible, and they're just getting warmed up! And so the big Dome blows wherever the strongest wind takes it; anywhere but down there where real people have to walk. "Up there… is it Smoke? Is it a Cloud? No! It's Congress!" GBT, you're a genius. Congress? Mehh… not so smart. But they get points for creativity.
Re: TO GOVERN. Let's reread Article 1, Section 8. Here's just the first bit: "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow Money on the credit of the United States; To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States; To establish Post Offices and post Roads; To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."
Re: TO GOVERN. The Constitution assigns duties to both the executive branch and the legislative branch to govern the USA. Yesterday's strip is a bullseye. The Republicans are determined to prove Mitch McConnell correct and deny Barrack Obama another term in the White House, LOL.
Today's strip is a classic, and I hope it's saved for posterity. President Obama will go down in history as one of our best presidents, and the invented, hateful, envious comments against him will look even more foolish than they do now.
I appreciate the humor in today's strip, but, as I understand the Constitution, it isn't actually Congress' job to "govern."
I wonder how long the congressional investigations will have to go on before we see Mark yelling, "Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!"
I have the feeling that once Zonker's weed plantation dreams are snuffed, he will have a new gig as nanny for twins.
I am a Gold Star mother who knows a four-year-old little girl and a not-yet-one-month-old baby boy bearing, in remembrance, my son's middle name. Your May 24th strip brought most knowing tears. Thank you!
Leo has rapidly become my favorite Doonesbury character. His steady love for Alex makes her so much more likeable. I look forward to seeing them both grow.
I love Toggle's response to an ever-panicking Alex. As a father of triplets, I have used the exact line about "going to a zone defense" when discussing our experiences with our sons when they were babies and then toddlers. They are now 16 (or a collective 48). I'm sure that I lost some brain cells from the sleep deprivation in the early years. I've been a fan of Doonesbury since high school in the early 80s and haven't missed a strip since.
What an awesome week in the Doonesbury family -- the reunion, a STEM PhD for Alex, and naming the boys; all perfectly timed. Thank you! Remembering those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice; and those who have yet to come home...
Most mornings you entertain me. Some mornings, like this one, you move me. Simply beautiful. Thank you!
Today's strip brought a tear to my eye. How do you argue with that?
No matter what your feelings are on war, never forget what it has cost us. Thanks for the jolt. Unfortunately to many Americans, Memorial Day is just the first day of summer, when the pools are open, when we get the grills fired up, and a day on which there are many sales.
Thank you for your powerful Memorial Day cartoon. I've thought about Joe, Steve, Kevin and Eric frequently since 1987, but hadn't shed tears in a long time.
"Not easy" is pure Leo. Perfect.
OMG!!! How can Alex say no to that? Tears did start flowing when I read this morning's strip.
"Two buds of mine..." You never know when the tears will flow, do you. Thanks.
Re: BLOWBACK LACK. Hire Alex! Hire Alex! Save her from DARPA, or worse!
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