Tom Toles is a genius. No other US political cartoonist has ever mastered his ability to sum up a complex political situation or event with a single panel comic. Yesterday’s comic was particularly illustrative of his talent.
It’s been interesting watching this destruction from across the pond. The overall reaction here is utter bafflement, as in, “Wait, why is the federal government shutting down? Has there been an invasion? A civil war? Did it go bankrupt?”
Because the Republican Party is under the control of a tiny minority of extremists, who hate the universal health care law so much that they are willing to shut down the government to make their ideological point.
“Wait, what? This is about health care?”
And then it gets really complicated to explain, because in Europe, universal health care is considered a basic human right. If I mention that Obamacare is actually based on a Republican plan, and that this whole thing really boils down to racism and utter hatred of a twice-elected President, heads tend to explode.
I don’t know how I’m going to explain the debt limit fight, which will come roaring upon us in another two weeks. That one is truly scary, with the potential to harm hundreds of millions of people worldwide — especially those of us who have already suffered so much under eurozone austerity. Hard to believe that a handful of extremists can have so much power to hurt so many. Remind me again who the terrorists are supposed to be?
Today’s Tom Toles is nearly as good:
National birdie indeed. Hey, Republicans, could you please make sure that this crap at least stays in the US, and doesn’t cause a worldwide economic meltdown? Thanks.