published Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Protest

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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AndrewLohr said...

Scrooge learned to be generous himself; Parliament didn't take his money and give it to people who hadn't earned it. And at Christmas we celebrate God's generosity and empathy, not bureaucracy and the bogus generosity of the IRS. God can afford to be generous if He wants to--we can't make Him--and being born in a stable shows real empathy with the poor. Liberals can't afford to be 'generous' once they run out of other peoples' money, as one branch of Obamacare has already done.

December 21, 2011 at 12:13 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

BEHOLD THE SERIO-COMIC PARABLE OF SOCIAL REDEMPTION

A Christmas Carol is more than just a fanciful tale of Scrooge's spiritual trek to re-discover the true meaning of Christmas. It was inspired by volunteer institutions known as 'Ragged Schools' which were slowly spreading through England in the early 1840s. Dickens was impressed with their efforts to educate the poor but he was moved by one particular school located in a bleak neighborhood straight out of Oliver Twist.

Shortly after visiting the school Dickens said in a speech, ... According to the authorities... because a little hanging was a dangerous thing we were to have a great deal of it. But because a little knowledge was a dangerous thing we were to have none at all.

The audience cheered and he began searching for a proper form in which to make an 'Appeal to the people of England on behalf of the poor man's son.' A short time later walking late at night through the streets of Manchester, his mind still burning with thoughts of ignorance and want, Dickens suddenly seized up the idea of A Christmas Carol. Over the next six weeks he worked nearly non-stop until the book was completed.

A Christmas Carol is a serio-comic parable of social redemption. Marley's Ghost is the symbol of divine grace through the agencies of memory, example, and fear. Scrooge is the embodiment of material obsession and callous indifference to the welfare of our fellow man.

The conversion of Scrooge is the symbolic conversion which Dickens hopes for all Mankind.

While Carol is more than just a warmhearted outpouring of holiday sentiment, Dickens also defined better than anyone before or since the true spirit of the holiday season. He went beyond merely venerating Christmas for 'it's sacred name and origin,' to acknowledging its basic humanism:

A good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely.


Now look at Clay's cartoon again. Both funny AND ironic, right?!

I think Tiny Tim said it best: God bless us, everyone.

December 21, 2011 at 1:07 a.m.
onetinsoldier said...

Bunch of Koch heads.

December 21, 2011 at 1:07 a.m.
fairmon said...

I don't think dickens advocated that a bloated corrupt government confiscate money to support an inefficient, over paid and under worked hierarchy to administer a welfare program that is abused by some to the detriment of those most in need.

What would work better? Eliminate government administrative cost and allow tax payers to "REDUCE" (not a deduction but a reduction of taxes) their taxes to be paid by up to 20% for contributions to qualifying charities. One of the qualifying criteria being that 85% of all donations go to the cause the charity is established for. There would need to be clear qualification criteria, audits for compliance etc. Those in the cushy government jobs and manipulating pandering politicians wouldn't like it although those in need would receive more support and people would be more aware of those truly in need.

It is being naive to think a congress chocked full of lawyers care about anyone or anything other than retaining their position and prestige.

December 21, 2011 at 4:20 a.m.
EaTn said...

Where's the sign "You'll shoot your eye out"? Oh yeah, that line is from another seasonal story about an earlier typical middle class family sharing a memorial Christmas. The rich and selfish Scrooges of this generation have also left many without these priceless family memories.

December 21, 2011 at 6:16 a.m.
Robert59 said...

This is just a great cartoon-don't dig deep into YOUR political rants- instead marvel at how well Mr. Bennett put this one together. This one is worthy of nomination for another award!

December 21, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.
shoe_chucker said...

@robert59 agreed

December 21, 2011 at 6:38 a.m.
aidehua said...

We can surmise that Clay wants class warfare to continue. After all, that is what John Podesta and George Soros want from him. Isn't it funny that numerous studies show conservatives are far more generous with donations than liberals - who only want to spend someone else's money? Additionally, conservatives are generally happier people too and not like the caricatures imagined by Mr. Bennett. Besides, don't leftists want to ban Christmas from the public square? They are the real Scrooges!

December 21, 2011 at 6:38 a.m.
Momus said...

Happy Holidays....(they hate it when you say that).

December 21, 2011 at 7 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Isn't it funny that numerous studies show conservatives are far more generous with donations than liberals - who only want to spend someone else's money? Additionally, conservatives are generally happier people too and not like the caricatures imagined by Mr. Bennett. Besides, don't leftists want to ban Christmas from the public square? They are the real Scrooges!

Do you actually know any liberals? The ones I know (including me) do not fit your silly stereotypes at all.

December 21, 2011 at 7:36 a.m.
davisss13 said...

Great one Clay.

December 21, 2011 at 7:44 a.m.
davisss13 said...

Good lord, the GOPers have lost their minds. Now they are defending Scrooge.

December 21, 2011 at 7:46 a.m.

Well done Clay, but I am sure that some of his haters will have numerous objections to this one as well.

December 21, 2011 at 7:50 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

You are assuming that they had minds to lose. Be careful of false reasoning.

Why shouldn't his followers defend Scrooge? There has to be a Faux News talking point on that for them somewhere.

Robert put it best. Just enjoy the theme and artwork. You can read your silly little petulant themes into the next one, and the next one and the next one . . .

To Paraphrase Tiny Tim, Happy Holidays to one and all.

December 21, 2011 at 8:13 a.m.
glaze said...

Hey Andrew L.! Thanks for the love and brotherhood!

December 21, 2011 at 8:52 a.m.
MickeyRat said...

Someone needs to explain to the Republicans that Ebenezer Scrooge is supposed to be the bad guy. And before conservatives crybabies start whining about another "War on Christmas", they need to admit they hate everything about Christmas. Because brotherhood, good will toward men, and especially charity is Socialism, and that makes their skin crawl.

If a Christmas Carol was performed by the Tea Party, it would be a cautionary tale about how the hero, Scrooge, a blameless job creator, is turned into a socialist through the corrupting influence of Tiny Tim. And the play would end with a simple plaintive question from Mr. Scrooge: "Just how much of my wealth does Mr. Tim think he's entitled to?"

And that is the great Republican fallacy, that our economic problems are due not to Wall Street's and the financial markets criminal recklessness, but because too many Americans are lazy. Michele Bachmann proposed cutting huge holes in the federal safety net, demonstrating a total misunderstanding of the concept of a net. Newt Gingrich refers to Obama as the "Food Stamp President", because Obama doesn't want children to starve to death. Mitt Romney says we should let all the people about to lose their homes, lose them. And they can just become renters. Remember GWB’s ownership society, whatever happened to that?

I find it ironic that Republicans have such disdain for the lazy, and yet they are perfectly happy with corporate welfare. Their solution to every problem is "do nothing". Their answer to wealth inequality? Do nothing. Health care? Do nothing. Environment? Do Nothing. For a group of people so head over heels in love with self-reliance, they sure do recommend a lot of sitting on their asses.

But this is where the Republican Party is now. In favor of people dying, because they don't have health insurance. In favor of letting people go unfed if they can’t find work.

Even Scrooge is thinking, "Look, I hate the poor, but I'm not an effing psychopath."

But that's where this party is. It simply has no bottom. Except Newt Gingrich, he IS the bottom.

December 21, 2011 at 9:20 a.m.

This is more of the same old worn-out attacks coming from Clayduh!

I can't wait to see what the angry-looking middle aged white folks will be doing tomorrow.

December 21, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.
miraweb said...

Well done, Clay! Beautifully said.

Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.
jesse said...

the only thing lamer than bennetts cartoons are some of the comments on them!

December 21, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.
Humphrey said...

some guy is already saying that about "it's a wonderful life" - truth > fiction=-

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view/2011_1221shopworn_flick_tells_sorry_tale/

December 21, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.
carlB said...

blackwater48 said... BEHOLD THE SERIO-COMIC PARABLE OF SOCIAL REDEMPTION

Shortly after visiting the school Dickens said in a speech, ... According to the authorities... because a little hanging was a dangerous thing we were to have a great deal of it. But because a little knowledge was a dangerous thing we were to have none at all.

Reply: blackwater48, The statement above, in my opinion, has been in play for a long time and has taken on many different forms of fear, intimidation and repression toward some people in the USA and in other countries. When the people are fed lies and misinformation to keep them "dumbed down" so they do not know the true story of what is really happening to our Republic to create the true definition of class warfare. Republic

December 21, 2011 at 11:31 p.m.
fairmon said...

Ron Paul may be the most benevolent of all seeking to be POTUS. He actually advocates allowing people and the sovereign states to have more say about how they are governed. He advocates bringing all military troops home and to stop sacrificing the lives of our young men and women for countries that don't even like us. He suggest foreign aid should begin at zero with anyone requesting it being asked to justify it and commit to what we need from then in return. Too big to fail is too big. The government is failing and it too big. There is a need to reduce it to a manageable level. The media tries to ignore him, they distort his position on issues and use a lot of adjectives to describe him but can't find fault with his history. They may have a different opinion but cannot with good logic attack his positions.

December 21, 2011 at 11:50 p.m.
carlB said...

harp3339 said...Ron Paul The government is failing and it too big. There is a need to reduce it to a manageable level. The media tries to ignore him, they distort his position on issues and use a lot of adjectives to describe him but can't find fault with his history. They may have a different opinion but cannot with good logic attack his positions.

Reply: harp3339, There is plenty of "fault" with his plan in the long-term. We either need to keep the United States Of America of end up with fifty different states as the European countries are. It appears that the extremes' want and are working to destroy this Republic, to start over again after having to go through a period of "Anarchy," not realizing what country or who would be in control in the end.
As we say, "nothing is perfect" but I believe it is better to keep the proper balance, keeping the fifty states united as part of this Republic. If the "extremes" cannot compromise and continue to insist on destroying the needed balance between Government and the private sectors, instead of helping, then we will all suffer from the consequences. We have seen many times what the "private sectors" can do to destroy this Republic's balance for their own "greed."

December 22, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
fairmon said...

carlB

The constitution clearly defines the roles of the states, the legislative and the administrative branch. The states have abdicated most of their sovereignty, rights and responsibility to federal government like a bunch of prostitutes. There no comparison to the diverse countries of Europe trying to use one currency with no central control or authority.

I agree with the fellow that said instead of having Iraq struggle with writing a constitution just give them ours we haven't used it in years.

The governments role should be assuring there is fair, no price fixing competition without taxing and interfering in the operation of private business other that a natural monopoly like utilities.

December 22, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
carlB said...

Reply to harp3339; How did you miss the point of, if there is not a government strong enough to act in preventing this Republic from falling into oblivion from another great depression with anarchy as it appears some people want to happen. It seems that some people have forgotten the side affects of what can happen when the masses are hungry without any help, have ignored the history of our 1929 great depression before FDR's policies. In my opinion we already have people who want to separate themselves from this Republic, forming their own "little world." Where would there be any stopping if the "extremes" had the strength and our governments had been weakened enough that it did not have any "strength"? Would the Constitution of the USA continue to have any respect?

December 22, 2011 at 9:43 p.m.
cpease61 said...

I find it interesting whenever i listen or read comments like many of the above they seem to ignore a fundamental truth.

Government and Corporations are not alive. They are made up of people, people are good, bad, generous, stingy, efficient and inefficient.

Big and Bloated are adjectives that can be applied to DC or Wall Street.

Christmas, and a Christmas Carol, are about changing the person, Change the person and you change everything.

December 26, 2011 at 12:47 a.m.
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