published Wednesday, January 13th, 2010


about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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Salsa said...

Nice try but the Democrats own the double standard on this issue. Even Bill Clinton said our president should be bringing him coffee.

January 13, 2010 at 12:10 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Apparently,after being called a Negro,President Obama called Harry Reid WHITE...they then called it even.

January 13, 2010 at 12:49 a.m.
SCOTTYM said...

Want to know what the "Progressives" are up to, just look at what they attempt to pin on the conservatives.

It is the "Progressives" who actively incite racial disunity. It is the "Progressives" who hoist their ambition upon the backs of minorities.

The destruction of the black family was brought upon by the racist legacy of the "progressive" Eugenics movement, and it's adherents, who believe that people of African heritage do not possess the ability to take care of themselves.

Racism is disgusting, amoral and exposes the intellectual inferiority of those who practice it.

The word "negro", before being supplanted by "black", or "colored" was not used a slur, merely a descriptor.

Dingy Harry's problem is that he was referring to the fact that Odumdum doesn't talk with a "negro" dialect. I.E. he's different than "regular" "negros", and that is, presumably, a good thing politically.

Or as the gaffmaster Biden says (paraphrasing) "Odumdum is articulate, and clean." I can only presume this means that the gaffaster thinks others of African lineage are not those things.

I have a hard time wrapping my head around how anyone in this century can still think like these clowns, and yet find their way to the very tip top of our government.

If I had thrown my support behind the organizations which support these types of people, I would be ashamed.

But then, I have a moral code I adhere to.

January 13, 2010 at 2:34 a.m.
woody said...

Okay, I didn't actually hear what Mr.Reid said but, from what I do understand, it all boils down to the fact he might have said 'it' differently.

Let me see.. Harry used the word Negro. Okay, what term should he have used?, that one used to make my skin crawl when I was young.

African American..I don't think so..unless the person he was discussing was born somewhere other than the United States..and that too has been a topic for many a backroom conversation.

Okay, for the record, I am white, a Caucasion..not a "Honkey" (whatever that is supposed to mean), nor am I a "Cracker" (refer to the other set of brackets). Actually, I am a combination of English, Swede, French and Cherokee blood, so maybe I should use the "Mixed Race" block the next time I fill out an application.

Okay, so Harry "stuck his foot in it." Let him spit it back out and let's move forward people. I believe we have enough on our collective plates to keep us busy for some time to come without letting a group of 'race baitors' slow us down.

Or maybe we are just too "thin skinned" (no matter the color) to move along to the important stuff. But if that is the case we may as well "...stick a fork in it because we are done...."

Have a nice day, Woody

January 13, 2010 at 6:17 a.m.
EaTn said...

I'll support the ouster of Reid for using the negro word in reference to the President when all those right-wingers who have referred to the President in every derogatory fashion imaginable step up and apologize. You don't have to use the n-word to convey the message. Who are they kidding when they try to compare this to the Lott issue? Lott resigned the leadership role when the dogs in his own pack turned on him.

January 13, 2010 at 6:34 a.m.

The English dialect used by many African Americans is heavily influenced by the various African languages spoken by slaves brought from Africa. They were forced to learn English without formal education, in order to avoid beatings or death, from vulgar, largely uneducated white men. While the words used are predominately English, grammar and phonetics are still very "African." When emancipated, African Americans faced what were often worse conditions - extreme poverty, blatant (institutionalized) racism and discrimination, and lack of educational opportunities. What should be appalling is how little has changed in the ensuing 150 years.

While the descriptor "Negro" has largely fallen out of fashion, it has never had the same derogatory status as the other "N" word. In fact, it was used in the same manner as "Caucasian" until recent, politically-correct years.

Harry Reid should have known the outrage his comment would have encouraged, and it was unwise for him to allow the statement to pass his lips. If Obama was Appalachian and was able to switch between that dialect and a more mainstream American English dialect, would this be an issue?

And for those at the head of the Reid-should-resign-over-this camp: please aim some of your fervor at the bigots decrying (falsely) that Obama is a Muslim and the inherently discriminatory motives behind such claims.

@SCOTTYM, might I suggest you remove petty name-calling from the "moral code" to which you adhere?

January 13, 2010 at 7:17 a.m.
whatsthefuss said...

I find it hard to believe that any group is worried about Congressman Reid. With his days being numbered its simply a matter of time. As to the comment itself, thank goodness those words wern't uttered from the mouth of a Don Imus. We would have the likes of Sharpton and Jackson all over this. Uttered from a Democrat that the White House so desperatly needs to retain, the dogs are called off and everyone wants to sing KUMBAYA. Now if only a beer was involved!!! I'm just sayin!!

January 13, 2010 at 7:56 a.m.
joecrash1 said...

Again, Clay Bennett shows his bias. The Demoncrats have fostered racial discord since LBJ stumbled into office. Get it right, Bennett! There is a noticeable double standard practiced by the left that stinks as loud as your comics!

January 13, 2010 at 7:57 a.m.
SCOTTYM said...


Bite me.

January 13, 2010 at 8:01 a.m.
GreenKepi said...

Usually...your cartoons are great; however, show just how far you'll lean to the 'trash the GOP' no matter what. Give it a break and quit covering your eyes so you can't see...! But...I suppose this is why you are're good a 'stirring the pot'....

January 13, 2010 at 8:06 a.m.

Walden wrote on 1-12: "Ever notice how, when the news cycle turns against the Libs, Clay throws out these misdirection plays? I mean, come on, this is already old news Clay. Dare ya to point out Harry Reid's pathetic racism in a cartoon."

He couldn't do it Walden, he chickened out. I also pointed out on yesterday's cartoon that Clay's people are usually the stereotypical pinkish-white crowd and thy are depicted quite often as sad and/or puzzled (by life?). Not so his depictions of an angry GOP and conservatives.

The outrage should be at his own Party-at themselves for their policies that caused this mess since the 1960's. (as Scotty so aptly pointed out). Some of the biggest racists, like Robert Byrd still exist in the Dems backrooms and still attempt to use the Black population as their 'victim' card. Read history-the whole thing, not a shortened, washed version as they now teach in the schools. Abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement were done because of the Republican Party. AND the Democratic Party of that day had many, many KKK followers as members. No one today likes to touch that hot topic either.

As for that ignorant comment above, insinuating that conservatives should 'admit' that we don't 'like' or didn't vote for Obama because he is 'black' (actually he is of mixed races-the Caucasoid and Negroid races); get a new mantra. That has been repeated so often on Left sites like KOS it's old.

Many Americans, (myself included) have mixed races in our families. Obama was voted in by a majority of Blacks (and others) BECAUSE of his black race. We, who did not vote for him and did our research, did so because we knew he, his background and the Left Dem Party policies would be a disaster for our country. We were/are right.

January 13, 2010 at 9:39 a.m.
dunkziy said...

When I'm trying to keep my head above water on such matters, I have to remind myself of a line I've read in a popular book

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone"

January 13, 2010 at 10:26 a.m.
aces25 said...

Liberals have long jumped on conservatives for lack of willing to support social programs often aimed at helping poorer Black communities. In turn, liberals have received the vast majority of Black votes over the years (roughly 95% in the previous Presidential election) because of the stigma that only liberals are on their side. Thus conservatives are left juxtaposed, and thus accused of not willing to help (and all that it may imply).

Yet, these same social programs often keep poorer Blacks under the thumb of liberals like an overbearing parent on their kids who constantly remind them, "See what I do for you? Now you better do as I say, or else..." This essentially goes for almost all poorer communities dependent on social programs. They continue to walk the party line in blind support because they are afraid of these programs disappearing.

Many conservatives want reductions or eliminations of social programs with such aim to avoid a lack of self-reliance among these poorer communities. The hand-up is often mistaken or abused as a hand out, then ultimately it is seen as something that should be supplied by the government with no regards for personal responsibility. These entitlements discourage individuals from being productive members of society and ultimately demand more from those who choose self responsibility. A simple observation of the current costs of these programs is a prime example.

Does everyone abuse the system in this way? Absolutely not. But far too many stories are found that focus on the entitlement of these programs to poorer communities rather than what individuals are doing to help themselves with the temporary assistance of the government.

Liberals have long used many poorer Black communities (and other minority communities) as a crutch to push socialist progressive ideology. Then stones of racist accusations are thrown at the first sign of opposition.

Reid isn't the problem. Social progressive ideology is.

January 13, 2010 at 12:14 p.m.
Walden said...

aces25 - I was just getting ready to write a post about the "Liberal Plantation" when I read your 12:14 post. You are right on.

The Liberal Plantation is a real thing, and a real tragedy. Just think where black america could be today if Dem social programs weren't instituted to keep the black man down (and therefore keeping him thinking he needs to vote Democrat in order to get another hand out).

You liberals are the real racists. Examine your heart and you will see. Self-sufficient, successful black people are the worst imaginable scenario for the Democrat party.

January 13, 2010 at 1:03 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

The songwriter Randy Newman is an American poet who has written with great penetration about the different sorts of cages we build for our fellow Americans and for ourselves.

Do a youtube search for "randy newman rednecks." Listen closely. Look up the lyrics. Those words are bound to offend. It is a great song because of that power.

That redneck character is wrong in the first part, but he speaks truth back at the self-righteous in the last half:

"Yes he's free to be put in a cage In Harlem in New York City And he's free to be put in a cage on the South-Side of Chicago And the West-Side And he's free to be put in a cage in Hough in Cleveland And he's free to be put in a cage in East St. Louis And he's free to be put in a cage in Fillmore in San Francisco And he's free to be put in a cage in Roxbury in Boston"

I cannot post at length or even comment on the poetry of Newman's lyrics because we live an age too "nice" for adults to admit self-examination, self-conviction, or the difficulties of American history.

However, I would redraw the cartoon with a Democrat, a Republican, and a prominent black politician all stomping on this fellow's back and "keeping him down."

My interest is not victimhood &c. Rather it is to wonder at how it is still all too easy for all players and parties to play this card.

January 13, 2010 at 1:35 p.m.
nucanuck said...


Progressive social policy (safety net) doesn't seem to be disincentivising the citizens of the countries that rank as happiest,best health care,best education...could your analysis be off the mark?

January 13, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.
Walden said...

nucanuck - no, its not off the mark. your hatred of America is really tiring me out.

January 13, 2010 at 2:43 p.m.
aces25 said...


The goal of progressive social policy is to create a greater national reliance on government. Whether that system is preferred by you or not, it is not what the US Constitution is based on and should not be based on today. There is a reason that the document has stood for over 200 years without any complete revolution in government structure. For some reason, this stands lost on lawmakers today, regardless of party.

Self-reliance is a basic principle on which this country was structured. To remove for a socially progressive ideology is abandon everything the founders of this country fought for.

Rankings based on happiness? I'd say that's pretty subjective.

Best health care? If you are going by the WHO's 2000 rankings, the US falls 37th on that list. But by it's own admission, the WHO does not perform these rankings anymore based on the complexity of the task. I would also venture to say these are far from objective as well. I haven't heard of too many people leaving the US for France to have life-saving procedures performed.

Best education? I have not found significant, definitive data to either support or reject that claim. I'm welcome to any help on that one.

However, the point is these rankings are not based on particular benchmarks because there is no "global standard" for any of these.

January 13, 2010 at 3:04 p.m.
nucanuck said...


You confuse exasperation with hatred,two entirely different emotions.

January 13, 2010 at 3:06 p.m.
nucanuck said...


Total self reliance in a complex world is not a real possibility. That leaves us with a debate about the degree of reliance that we find acceptable. Clearly that debate will ebb and flow without end.

January 13, 2010 at 3:21 p.m.
aces25 said...


Total self reliance is not what is described for our government, hence why the Constitution gives limitations on national government rather eliminations of national government with regards to influence. I believe the Constitution lays out very clearly what degree of reliance is acceptable under our Republic. Somewhere along the line, lawmakers forgot that making laws should be structured around the very document that outlines their power of governance.

The point is there should be no significant debate. That debate was finished when this nation agreed that the Constitution is supreme law of the land.

January 13, 2010 at 3:31 p.m.
rolando said...

No, nucanuck, Walden is absolutely correct in his thumbnail analysis. Your deep-seated hatred of America is obvious in your posts. You find nothing good in America and want to change it into a place where the individual is subservient to the state. That is NOT what we are.

Perhaps it is just as well you have my best wishes, for what they are worth, and I hope you enjoy your life in Canada. Or wherever.

January 13, 2010 at 3:43 p.m.
Walden said...

nukey - you say tomahto, I say tomayto... good day.

January 13, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.
nucanuck said...


My posts reflect my deep concern for America and are my attempt to broaden the debate on how my America moves forward. The only hate I see is that born of intolerance of differing perspectives. You and canary could both use a refresher course in civility.

January 13, 2010 at 5:54 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Wow, some of the conservative remarks on here are amazing. So, its the Dems who are keeping the black man down by "handouts", LOL. In that vein, are corporate "handouts" in the form of tax cuts, "no bid contracts", or bailouts,keeping companies down? Is that "self reliance"?

Anyone ever heard of "corporate welfare"? Dems and Repubs alike for decades have supported this policy. My goodness, we have bailed out banks, S&l's, and insurance companies to the tune of hundreds of billions. Is that self reliance, or capitalism?

Money giving to corporations or individuals is not money that disappears down a hole. It circulates through the economy. People on welfare spend money on food, housing, drugs, etc. which also provides jobs, taxes. Money given to companies supports the company, creates jobs, etc. Its all about supporting society as a whole, not just selectively.

Conservatives who jump on Reids remarks are the last who need to throw a stone. Conservatives have fought for decades the civil rights of a large segment of our society and that prejudice is still active in the Deep South.

As for the poster who slams "Progressives" as the bane of society, you just have no concept of our history. It was progressives who supported civil rights of minorities, women, labor rights, (eight hour work day, health benefits, pensions, workplace safety, etc.), safe drugs, clean air and water, auto safety standards, etc. I could go on and on.

Several posters here attempt to frame this debate by saying that Dems supported slavery before or after the Civil War. This is true as far as party affiliation but has nothing to do with being conservative or liberal/progressive. These terms are a state of mind, not a self proclaimed party affiliation. The South was mainly Dem till the 1960's. But they were conservatives at heart, and supported the institution of slavery. The South turned Repub after the signing of the Civil Rights Act by Johnson. Johnson stated privately that he knew by signing this bill would have the Dems lose the South for a generation. He was right, conservatives fought segregation, lynched and shot supporters, and set the South back for decades. So the poster above wishes to blame Johnson for signing the Civil Right Act and forcing people to accept minorities civil rights? Too funny.

January 13, 2010 at 6:08 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Ahh yes, its the liberals/progressives who are ruining this country.

January 13, 2010 at 6:20 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

Please remember, The opposite of love isn't hate, its indifference. I think there is a lot of love on this post!!! I'm just sayin!!

January 13, 2010 at 6:39 p.m.
Sailorman said...

So, its the Dems who are keeping the black man down by "handouts", LOL. In that vein, are corporate "handouts" in the form of tax cuts, "no bid contracts", or bailouts,keeping companies down? Is that "self reliance"?

Yes - beholden to politicians = votes to keep them in power

Sort of - not down but also beholden for lack of a better term.

Not by a long shot

It's a symbiotic relationship in both instances. One party maintains its votes by catering to "progressive" ideology while less overtly catering to the corporations as well. The other party wears the mantle of rich WASP and caters to corporate interests while claiming not to.

If nothing else, the dems have pulled a remarkable PR coup of stunning proportions.

The democratic party is no more on the side of the American citizen, or Constitution, than is the Republican. The only real interest in Washington is in itself. People of differing parties, and views, come to these forums and bash the h*ll out of each ideologically. While we're engaged in that futile exercise, the politicians continue to consolidate power in Washington all the while driving us into bankruptcy. It's not about progressive, liberal, conservative, or whatever belief you want to cling to. It's about can we survive as a nation in the face of DC shenanigans on all sides.

January 13, 2010 at 7:21 p.m.
champ1 said...

Any of you guys familiar with my post already know how I feel about this one. Clay, that was just low. To say that G.O.P. policies have kept African Americans down would assume that the opposite (liberal policies) would pick them up. So, we've got a black president, liberal senate, and a liberal house. How are black people doing under their leadership? I guess there is no more black on black crime, right? There is no more black poverty in this country, right? Blacks are the most employed race of people in the U.S. now, right? What a joke!

Why can't you liberals ever admit that you were just wrong and call it a day? Why are you wasting your time defending "dirty" Harry Reid? Just because a person is "progressive", doesn't mean that he isn't at the same time a racist. "Politics make strange bedfellows." The democratic party, as I've said many times on this blog, NEED THE BLACK VOTE. That's it! That's what it comes down to for that political "machine". Nothing more and nothing less.

If you are African-American, like myself, and reading this post I have one request. Please wake up! Stop being used! Have some self respect! It's just embarrassing that we're being manipulated so badly by these guys!

January 13, 2010 at 7:58 p.m.
Walden said...

champ - thank you for your thoughtful post. I stand in solidarity with you my friend.

January 13, 2010 at 10:12 p.m.
SCOTTYM said...

champ1 | On: January 13, 2010 at 7:58 p.m.

Well said, sir.

January 13, 2010 at 11:06 p.m.

Oh but they are waking up Champ, wide awake. All across America Black folks are shouting off the rooftops and expressing their anger at the Obama administration and the corruption in Congress and the Senate. The MSM is not reporting any of it of course, they don't like these opinions to be aired. Conservative Black preachers, writers, businessmen/women are telling it like it is. Keep on keeping on, preach, brother, preach.

On conservative talkradio, there's a guy who comes on from time to time, AJ. He's a rock, he lets it rip and tells it like it is. He had his own small business in Dallas or Houston and he is completely disgusted with Obama and what's going on in Washington. His passion and anger are righteous and he's a figure to reckon with in his neighborhood, trying to wake the folks up and educate them so they won't be manipulated anymore.

Say what you want about Glenn Beck, he's not PC, he has guts the other guys don't and he is a regular guy who loves his God, his family and his country. He took a videographer and a mike to Harlem one day to get some 'man on the street' opinions and what he got instead was a firestorm. People were just walking up to him and asking to talk about what's going on. So, he provided a TH meeting and did a show (prob. on video on his website). There will be more in the near future. All political persuasions were invited and a few Liberals showed up and participated. He also let the folks do the talking and talk they did.

There were teachers, janitors, business owners, doctors, engineers, writers, artists, homemakers, everybody. They were fed up with Obama's Washington and the Pols in general. They expressed their anger, passion and offered solutions and debate. It was beautiful and it echoed conservative TH's across the country. That's why the Pelosis, Reids, Franks et al are trying to shut them (us) up. Because the people are telling the truth, they make sense and they know the difference between right and wrong.

If anger could be described as sublime, this day was it. All Americans need to get off their duffs and start speaking and acting like this. It will make a difference and good always comes out of some very bad situations.

January 14, 2010 at 10:08 a.m.
agent00kevin said...

Ha! Blacks in the USA have more opportunity than ever now. An unqualified black person can easily swipe a position from a very qualified white person simply because that employer may not have any black employees. What about the United Negro College fund? ever heard of that? the word NEGRO is in there! Miss Black America? Oh the outrage if there was a Miss White America!

Its not the 'man' trying to keep YOU down. Its the 'man' trying to keep EVERYONE down, under his control. The difference is, some people can suck up their pride and do what that idiot of a boss tells them to, and some people are all like Nah F that muthsh dude he needs to do that himself. Why aint that dude workin as much as me? Why i gotta do this?

The president of the United States is black, and yet many of you STILL cry about how we dont just make life easy for you to coast through. I dont get it. Stop waiting on that handout and do something about it YOURSELF. Stop trying to be cool for your buddies and falling into that role of tough guy who defies anything and everything. Its not just you, EVERYONE has some a**hole telling them what to do day in day out.

Personally id never use that word, anyone who grew up in a racially diverse environment (the real world, to be exact) would know that thats almost as bad as the N bomb.

January 14, 2010 at 12:42 p.m.
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