File Folder Feature: Newspapers

Besides declaring war on immigrants, judges, U.S. allies, etc., President Trump now is waging a war of words against the media. The guy who dubbed his opponents during the last election “Lyin’ Ted” and “Crooked Hillary” has been spouting whopper after whopper at Tweets, rallies, and increasingly bizarre press conferences.

Now that the press has been calling him on these half-truths and outright lies, Trump has turned his attention to attacking America’s free press for reporting, in his delusional thinking, “fake news.” His attempts to discredit the press is what the dictators do to shield themselves from criticism.

This cartoon ran in the Bethlehem Press in October of 2014. We should all keep in mind that newspapers and other news media, that are part of a free press, are necessary for a democracy to function.

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© Ed Courrier

Greater of Two Evils

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This cartoon was created for an art exhibition held in October – November 2016 called “Hues of Red and Blue” at the Allentown Art Museum and Re:Find’s Gallery on the Walk. Besides hanging at the Gallery on the Walk, it was published in the Bethlehem Press.

At this point, the candidate I supported was out of the race and the choice was going to be the “lesser of two evils.” Hillary, who wasn’t really evil, but perceived to be by years of attacks from Republicans and right-wing media, was too “establishment” for me.

However, Trump represented the worst the Republicans had to offer. Not only as a businessman was he bankrupt, but Trump seemed morally bankrupt as well. I easily saw through his phony populist rhetoric and voted for Clinton. At least much of what Sanders ran on became part of the Dem’s platform.

Today, when The Donald takes the oath of office with a Republican Congress and Senate in his pocket, the Middle Class and Poor will be hit again and again by these politicians and the one-percenters who own them. I fear that public education, healthcare, Social Security and Medicare will be gutted to fund tax cuts for the rich. And that is just the beginning …

File Folder Feature: Tribute to Achievement

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This Martin Luther King Day marks the final week in the 8-year run of President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House.

This cartoon was published in the Bethlehem Press in November 2008 just after Barack Obama was elected America’s first African-American President.

This was a great step for a people who started their journey to America as prisoners, then enslaved for generations. Even when they were freed at the end of the Civil War, generations of these long-suffering folk were under constant legal attack by “Jim Crow Laws” and physically attacked and brutalized by the KKK and their enablers. The “Civil Rights Laws” passed in the 1960s should have ended all that.

Despite this painful history, it reflected great honor on this country when whites joined people of color to support Barack Obama in his quest for the nation’s highest office. He got the job because he was qualified, not because of his skin color. This surely was a sign of real progress for the U.S.A.

Unfortunately, the 2016 election cycle has ripped open old wounds and as bridges burn down, walls are going up.

I hope and pray that “Make America Great Again” will not mean a journey back to the darker times, but a journey forward for ALL Americans. Good health and prosperity should not be just for a handful of the privileged few at the expense of the rest of us.

Folks like Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama are leaders who should be remembered with respect. They, and others like them, earned it.

File Folder Feature: Thanksgiving 2007

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This editorial cartoon was published in the East Penn Press in November 2007. At the time US troops were fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Because of this, there were a lot of empty chairs at family tables during the holiday.

Although most combat troops had been withdrawn years later, there are still US military personnel deployed in these danger zones. Even when not in active combat areas, servicemen and servicewomen are still stationed at bases far away from their loved ones during this 2016 holiday season.

Let us all give thanks to God for the folks who have sacrificed so much to protect us.

We should be grateful for those men and women who protect and serve us here at home, too … the firefighters, police and EMTs.

We have much to be thankful for!

Vote BLUE Today!

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As a Bernie supporter, I was disappointed that he didn’t win the nomination in the primaries. I have been encouraged that his candidacy brought much what he stood for into the Democratic Party Platform like campaign finance reform, clean energy to fight climate change, etc. So even if I feel somewhat lukewarm toward Hillary, I feel strongly about what can be accomplished by supporting her at the polls. I do realize that much of how I perceive her has been programmed into my brain through decades of right-wing attacks and endless “investigations” by the Republican Party. They created lots of smoke with very little fire.

Much good has come from the past eight years of Obama’s two terms in the White House. The one that has had the greatest impact on my family is Obamacare. We were getting hosed by the insurance industry for health coverage until we qualified for coverage through the Obamacare marketplace. According to her web site, Hillary plans to improve Obamacare by making it universal and affordable. Link: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/health-care/

In contrast, the Republicans have voted more than 60 times to repeal or defund Obamacare and replace it with either nothing or with worthless “vouchers” for Americans to purchase health coverage from an industry that is only interested in making money for shareholders and overpaid CEOs.

The GOP still believe in what Bush Sr. once called “Voodoo Economics.” Tax cuts for the extremely wealthy do NOT “Trickle Down” to the rest of us. They go to the politicians who passed them as “campaign contributions.” This is how those tax cuts affect the Middle Class … The Koch Brothers pay less taxes. The Feds have less money for public education and cuts funding for the states for education. The states now have less funding for public education, so they send less money to local school districts for educational programs and general upkeep. Local school boards have to raise property taxes to make up the difference. This is how the Middle Class ends up subsidising the Koch Brothers.  Because of “Citizens United,” the Koch Brothers are free to purchase politicians with a portion of what they saved with their tax cuts.

Since I feel strongly that this is bigger than just who gets into the White House, I encourage you to pull the lever for ALL DEMOCRATS.

The Republicans have been obstructionists and even if Hillary Clinton wins, they have vowed to block everything, including a continuation of refusing to interview Supreme Court Justice nominees. On a local level, the Republicans have Gerrymandered themselves into permanent jobs. The district borders are built around their very narrow base.

Until enough of them are voted out, this will not change. Even if a “Yellow Dog” or “Pet Rock” is running against a GOP candidate, vote for the “Yellow Dog” or “Pet Rock.”

This is up to you!

— Ed Courrier

 

“Hues of Red and Blue” Exhibit at Re:Find’s Gallery on the Walk

 “Role Models,” is one of two of Ed Courrier’s previously unpublished political cartoons on display at Re:Find’s Gallery on the Walk (located on the ArtsWalk just off Seventh St. in Allentown, PA). This exhibition of recent artwork by several area artists complements the “Hues of Red and Blue” juried show held at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Gallery in the Allentown Art Museum. Courrier’s editorial cartoons are published regularly in the Bethlehem Press and other Lehigh Valley Press weeklies.

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The Gallery on the Walk exhibit continues through Nov. 20. Hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 610-841-4866; refindallentown@gmail.com.