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Thank you so much for covering PTSD and TBI with Toggle and B.D. I work at the VA and have seen how PTSD has burdened our soldiers and their families -- the ones from these G*d d*mned current wars, and those who've had it for over 40 years and are just now seeking help. (Most of the worse off ones from Vietnam are already dead of course.) Please keep reminding folks who seem to have forgotten about these wars that it is taking a real, tragic toll on this generation; and remind all that (sadly) the VA is the expert, with way too much experience, on treating PTSD.
B.D.'s words -- "It's game over - the rich won!" -- capture two big points; for the rich it's just a game like Monopoly, and in Monopoly no-one plays to the very end. When one player gets, let's say, 84% of the total property and money we congratulate them and end the game, everyone puts their money back in (as B.D. suggests) and we start again. The rich player then starts crying like a kid: "But I haven't got all the money yet! Let's go around a few more times. Please, you have to, or else I won't play again. Please, I own this game, etc, etc." Go B.D. End the game.
I shudder to think how many people will read today's strip and say "That's what I'm saying. That's why I'm not out in the street. I would if I could." This could be our last chance.
Leo's PTSD must be severe -- he never was in Kandahar. His service and his brain injury were in Iraq.
Like many servicemembers, Toggle has served multiple deployments. He got blown up in Iraq, but had an earlier tour in Afghanistan.
If Leo's story doesn't touch the nation's heart, there is no heart.
The strip today is absolutely moving and wonderful! Thanks for the lovely story.
Whew! For a day I worried that GBT, who has called Alex self-absorbed, was actually going to have her abandon Toggle to a PTSD episode. They're GBT's characters, but IMHO whatever Alex's issues, she ain't that self-absorbed. Glad they're both staying the course. I'm looking forward to their political discussion, once Toggle can breathe easy again.
I have PTSD, so every time I see Toggle and Alex it helps me a lot, just to know that I am not alone. So many people do not "get it" when you say you have PTSD. I never know what will set me off. Yesterday we had two earthquakes here and my house really shook. Houses should not go up and down. That's bad. Thanks so much for your compassion!
I have no idea how Alex will deal with Toggle's challenges. Although she has always been self-aware, she has also been self-centered. (I can't believe I'm writing this about a comic strip character, no matter how superlative the strip is...) How she deals with Toggle's underlying, hidden challenge will be a defining test.
Yesterday's strip left something out. The richest 1% earn 24% of the income and pay 39% of federal taxes. What percentage would be enough, Alex? (Yes. I know the characters are not real.)
Got me. I thought Leo was disagreeing with OWS, so I was getting ready to tell him that taxpayers were paying for his education at a community college. Viva OWS!
Whew! I was so fearing an ideological schism between Alex and Toggle! Instead, a well-timed reminder that the kind of damage incurred in today's almost-forgotten forever-wars is never really healed. Sorry for Toggle, glad for the couple. (They're not just cartoon characters. They're not. They're us.)
Today's strip reveals the truly big issue facing Alex and Leo right now -- OWS be damned, Toggle's having a freaking panic attack! If Alex (who I normally adore) doesn't get him out of there ASAP, I'm gonna want to smack her...
FACT: Whether in the strip, in Blowback, or anywhere else, putting the word "Fact" in front of a statement doesn't make it true.
Please get Toggle and Alex out of there safe, and no collateral damage. Don't go there.
I'm sorry GBT seems to have shied away from having a real political conflict between Alex and Leo. At some point their differences in background, education and social class have to affect the relationship. Leo's just taking things as they come (which is why he's so good for her), but the self doubting, introspective Alex has to have forseen the problem and worried about it. And besides, I'd love to see what Leo has to think about politics.
Wow, the PTSD card. I didn't see that coming. How soon we forget the old problems that really don't just go away. Thanks GBT for giving us perspective. Life requires us to deal with more than one problem at a time.
Re "It's the Occupy people!" I found out about OWS in their second week and joined immediately. Why? Because we're occupying a new method of problem-solving. Rather than presenting ourselves as having "the" answer, we've chosen to get off that hierarchical tower and come down to meet each other where the creative wisdom of diversity, harnessed through the consensus process, is originating a mashup of truly revolutionary ideas and solutions. Whew! Now back to the drumming circle.
FACT: The rhetoric of the Occupiers is the rhetoric of socialism -- class warfare and redistribution of wealth.
FACT: This news watcher / "Doonesbury" fan reads the Occupiers as a manufactured liberal movement designed to counter the growing political power of the grass-roots conservative Tea Partiers.
FACT: Alex is a knee-jerk liberal.
FACT: Toggle has a good brain behind that eye patch.
I'm looking forward to GBT's take on the 99% movement. It looks like Alex and Toggle might have different perspectives, which should be interesting. I suspect they'll be a lot more logical and thoughtful in their discussion of the movement than many in the real public are. Why people think they have to choose either the tea party or the 99% folks I don't know. We've become an obsessive, extremist culture that can no longer find the middle. It's dangerous when we start thinking anyting must be all or nothing. History has shown us what happens; why don't we learn from it? Maybe Alex and Toggle can show us how.