As we mark the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, there is a lot of talk of our parks being “America’s best idea.” If the parks and our public lands are our best idea, what are our worst ideas? Sadly, there are plenty of worst ideas to go around.
It boggles my mind that so many people can support policies that are harmful to our national parks when 95% of people surveyed think the parks should be protected for current and future generations. In addition to our National Parks, we are lucky enough to own millions of acres of beautiful BLM land, Forest Service land and National Monuments across the country. Don’t be fooled, giving these places “to the states” is just a cover for opening them up to development of one kind or another.
There is a tendency for people to think it’s “the government’s” land. Wrong. It’s our land. Go camping, backpacking, hiking, hunting or fishing. Enjoy it, it’s yours! The best part is, these parks were started by a Republican who really, really liked to shoot things. When you return from the wilds, be sure to visit my Patreon page for behind-the-scenes access and goodies!
Donald Trump’s love of Russia, various strongmen and secrecy seems to be one of his (many) defining characteristics. With the revelation this week that Trump’s right-hand man, Paul Manafort, was listed on a secret ledger showing he received $12.7 million for his work supporting former Ukranian president, Viktor Yanukovych, the intrigue deepened. Never fear, though, The Donald brought in a top executive from Breitbart News to shape things up so things will surely calm down now, right?
It’s interesting when the deluge of Trump news turns away from his off-the-cuff remarks to his actual policy positions and beliefs. In his recent foreign policy speech, he denounced nation-building but supported taking a foreign country’s oil and gas. He touts human rights, yet longs for the days of the Middle Eastern strongman.
Funny, it seems that Donald Trump’s crazy asides and “gaffes” are just as crazy as his speeches with a teleprompter. Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to take a look at my work on my Patreon page!
If this cartoon seems complicated, that’s because it is. With nearly all attention focused on the latest headline-grabbing statement by Donald Trump or a suction-cupped Trump Tower climber (fun stuff, I admit), it’s important to remember that there are real issues, real suffering and extreme complexity in the world. A simplistic, seat-of-the-pants style will not translate well to foreign policy, particularly when it comes to Syria.
While we’ve been live-streaming the tower climber and his suction cups, millions of people in Syria are facing war, death and siege conditions. What is being called the “most crucial battle” of Syria’s civil war has been going almost unnoticed here in the United States. Besides that, the convoluted alliances and ever-changing battle lines are mind boggling.
Small militant groups that have received TOW antitank missiles from the United States have taken part in a unified rebel victory (for now) that successfully broke through Syrian government lines around Aleppo. But it’s much, much messier and more complex than that. The opposition militants are fighting together, which means that groups vetted and supplied by the US are working with extremist militants who are on the terrorist hit list— so the main force that is helping break the brutal Assad siege of Aleppo, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly the Al Qaeda-aligned Al-Nusra Front), may be targeted by US warplanes. (It’s like a proxy war against Russia where we occasionally work together, depending on the mood.) At any rate, dig deeper into the news stories behind the cartoon and be sure to visit my Patreon page!