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    Shooshie | Dallas, TX | August 24, 2015

    In the August 23 35-years-ago Flashback strip from... let's see... 1980, a Carter Administration official is testifying to the senate subcommittee about the Billy Carter affair known as "Billygate." After assuring the committee that there was no unethical connection between the president and his brother in regard to the affair, the witness turns on the committee and says frankly, "Frankly, Mr. Chairman, we're a little embarrassed for you. With all the problems this country is facing, a lot of people are wondering why nine US Senators have been devoting their full energies to such a trivial affair." The Senators realize the spotlight is on them, and make excuses.

    It was funny then. Isn't it amazing how much can change in 35 years? Now, we'd be surprised if nine senators ever got together with the idea of doing something non-trivial. That investigation was just a premonition of a sea-change in congressional method and discourse. Now the norm is to obfuscate, delay, distract, and prevent any meaningful governmental processes from taking place, unless it happens to be a vote on a bill that dismantles significant constitutional protections or guarantees. In 2015, the joke would have fallen flat. But now it serves as a reminder of when this all began, who was doing it, and that once upon a time such congressional stupidity and shenanigans was not considered respectable politics.

    Now, 35 years later, it's considered respectable to put an anti-science tea-bagger (Ted Cruz) in charge of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness where he controls funding for organizations like NASA, or to call a bill to put logging roads and loggers in a national forest to clearcut the trees beyond sight of tourist highways a "forest preservation bill." (Bush era) What has gone wrong with America to tolerate this insanity? Has the average American decided that politics is simply not their thing? Has it really become just a dog and pony show? Is anyone paying attention? Sorry, I have no comic relief with which to end this rant. Sometimes there's just no punch line... Trudeau always finds that strand of humanity where it appears all hope is lost, but I'm simply wondering where we're going. It's like one party got stuck at Billygate, and they haven't really moved on. And by the way... regarding last Sunday's Texas strip; the majority of thinking Texans are appalled at what has happened to our state. The voting districts have been drawn so that we can't fully express our dismay at the polls. 


    Hanna | Casselberry, FL | August 22, 2015

    God bless you, Garry Trudeau, for last Sunday's strip. You were able to say with the needle of humor something that needs to be shouted from the rooftops.


    Ralph | Houston, TX | August 16, 2015

    Textbooks are only relevant if a school buys them, a teacher uses them, and the student reads them. Also, if the textbook is the primary teaching method in high school, the student is not getting the best education anyway. Modern teaching is driven by assessment, and the resources used must go beyond the textbook, in history to primary sources as shown in the comic. This is why conservatives were so freaked out about the AP US History exam.


    Jifster | Carlisle, IN | August 16, 2015

    Re OUR PAST: All attempts to improve our future will continue to fail until we truly understand and face the truth of our past.


    Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 16, 2015

    Re today's strip: The greatest sign of hope that I see in the U.S. is that children can no longer be raised entirely in the bubble, and that millions fall away from various delusions every year. Why, the Evangelical polling company (I know! Evidence, right?) Barna Group reported in 2013 that 38% of "practicing Christian Millennials" were fact-checking sermons on their smart phones. Also, check out these free digital textbooks. Did you know that some computers cost less than printed textbooks?


    Bobby Padgett | Gastonia, NC | August 16, 2015

    Since North Carolina has failed to replace textbooks since the Bush recession, cutting textbook budgets to nothing, teachers are expected to create their own teaching sources from the Internet. Yet, our Republican-controlled legislature would be quite happy with history as written in Texas to the point of forcing the Department of Public Instruction to create a course on the Founding Principles and American Exceptionalism to supplement post-Reconstruction U.S. History and threatening the College Board to revise the AP U.S. History curriculum to match. I can't wait for history to clash with their revisionism in classrooms this fall.


    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | August 16, 2015

    It's possible that economic interests that wanted independence (and were possibly funding the effort?) saw slavery as a sideshow to them getting control, but a very useful public sideshow. "Follow the money."


    David Kastrup | Waltrop, GERMANY | August 16, 2015

    If an almighty creator can bury million-year-old bones in the Earth to test our faith in our teachers, burying a declaration of secession in our historical records should be simple in comparison. Our future is what we should focus on improving, not our past.


    Rex | Taos, NM | August 15, 2015

    Details: What is going to show up on Alice's bedstand?


    Siva | Morristown, NJ | August 14, 2015

    Today's strip really hits the nail on the head! That last panel should have really woken people up, but unfortunately it didn't. When even the police union of our nation's largest city shames the homeless, we have just gone from bad to worse.


    Karen Esty | Inverness, FL | August 13, 2015

    There is more information in your strip than the average person realizes. The April 11, 2010 Sunday suggested saving old comics, including that one, for fifty years. Unfortunately I will not be around in 2060, but I had the entire comic page laminated, and will gift it to one of my great nephews. Thank you for all of your years of laughter, political truth, and satire. Keep up the good work!


    T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | August 12, 2015

    It's downright scary that this week's comics are even more relevant today than when they were first published.


    Luckyoldwoman | Springfield, OR | August 12, 2015

    Two hundred billion dollar deficit? If only...


    Pat Conolly | Alpharetta, GA | August 11, 2015

    Back in the day my joke was:

    Pessimist: "This glass is half-empty."

    Optimist: "This glass is half-full."

    Reagan Optimist "This glass is full."


    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 11, 2015

    When I consider #BlackLivesMatter, opposition to the Iran deal, shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood, and yes, soup kitchens, I am willing to have a discussion with those who maintain that the glass is half full. But I draw the line at those who claim that it is their glass.


    Tony Phillips | Stony Brook, NY | August 10, 2015

    I wasn't a Dbury addict when these strips first came out. They're all new to me and I love them.


    Stephanie Knopp | Philadelphia, PA | August 09, 2015

    Bravo, Garry! Today's strip is absolutely brilliant as well as hilarious.


    Anil Warner | Mumbai, INDIA | August 08, 2015

    Trump leading the Republicans? GBT, where are you? The world needs you now.

    Editor's Note:

      The misadventures of Donald J. Trump have been chronicled in Doonesbury for decades. To revisit some storyline highlights -- including a vision of what a Trump White House would look like -- check out this new FAQ.


    D. A. | Mitchell, SD | August 03, 2015

    I had forgotten until this run of Classics how in the old days Trudeau used to vary little details in the strip, requiring a second reading to look for what changed panel-to-panel. Not so much in today's strip (as near as I can tell anyway) but last Thursday's is a good example. I appreciate the extra level of entertainment this playfulness provides.


    Charlie Bing | Edmonton, CANADA | August 02, 2015

    "...A failed executive, a retired neurosurgeon, and a celebrity clown."?!? Today's strip is perfect, just effing perfect.