Monday, June 22, 2015

Cartoons for the week - and a comment on elephants and donkeys

Weekly cartoons are from AZBLueMeanie at Blog for Arizona.

Lots of elephant pics in today's cartoons. It got me wondering about the history of the symbols for the two major parties. Here is the history from CBS News.

The donkey was first associated with Democrat Andrew Jackson's 1828 presidential campaign.

His opponents called Jackson, well, a "jackass" for his populist views.

Jackson was actually ENTERTAINED by the insult, and used the image of the strong-willed donkey on his campaign posters.

Later, famed cartoonist Thomas Nast used the donkey in his newspaper cartoons, helping to establish it as the symbol of the Democratic Party.

And it was Nast who provided the Republicans with their elephant.

In an 1874 cartoon, Nast drew a donkey clothed in a lion's skin - scaring off the other animals at the zoo.
. . . All the animals, except for the fearless elephant, which was labeled "the Republican vote."

The symbol endures to this day.

Too bad. Elephants are intelligent, socially responsible beings. The Republicans are neither.

Elephants are known to grieve for dead members of their species. Do Republicans? (Want to take issue? Check out the gun lobby's response to Charleston.)

Elephants are being poached to near extinction so that the Chinese can have ivory baubles. Don't hear much from Republicans about the horror of that.

If I could change the symbol for Republicans I would. I am open to your suggestions. A change might enable more sympathy for elephants.

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