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Cartoon: What Will it Take

October 28, 2009

Editor’s note:  The first three passages are actual statements by the President.  The last is predictive.

What will it take

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7 Comments
  1. Tim permalink
    October 29, 2009 1:07 pm

    Does the prez have his lectern strapped on like a peanut vendor? Hugo, you make me worry about my prez, who I like. The fourth one is a good idea, but not very capitalist. The free market will take care of pro sports eventually, but we’ve nudged corp. execs pay out of the f.m. so an expansion into sports and entertainment wouldn’t surprise too much. E$specially with anti-trust exemptions to bargain with. Keep making us question the status-quo, H-man!

  2. Spin Sir permalink
    November 3, 2009 1:28 pm

    [This comment originally left on 11/01/09 under another article. I copied here to the post it was referencing – Hugo]

    You should title your cartoon series “The Slippery Slope.” Also Known as: The Camel’s Nose.
    Description of Slippery Slope

    The Slippery Slope is a fallacy in which a person asserts that some event must inevitably follow from another without any argument for the inevitability of the event in question. In most cases, there are a series of steps or gradations between one event and the one in question and no reason is given as to why the intervening steps or gradations will simply be bypassed. This “argument” has the following form:

    1. Event X has occurred (or will or might occur).
    2. Therefore event Y will inevitably happen.

    This sort of “reasoning” is fallacious because there is no reason to believe that one event must inevitably follow from another without an argument for such a claim. This is especially clear in cases in which there is a significant number of steps or gradations between one event and another.
    Examples of Slippery Slope

    1. “We have to stop the tuition increase! The next thing you know, they’ll be charging $40,000 a semester!”

    2. “The US shouldn’t get involved militarily in other countries. Once the government sends in a few troops, it will then send in thousands to die.”

    3. “You can never give anyone a break. If you do, they’ll walk all over you.”

    4. “We’ve got to stop them from banning pornography. Once they start banning one form of literature, they will never stop. Next thing you know, they will be burning all the books!”

    • Hugo permalink*
      November 3, 2009 1:30 pm

      Interesting take on the ‘toon, Spin Sir. Forget the “slope.” I thought we were falling off a cliff when the President candidate said that he wanted to “remake” and “transform” America. What? I said. Did he say, “Remake a pie?” … Remake America? Is he serious? And people cheered. Now skip to the 3rd segment of the caricature, please. Why do we want a “civilian national security force” that is just as powerful, strong, and well-funded as our military? Who is he or who should we be afraid of inside our country to warrant such an idear? Got me. While I appreciate your insight, I don’t believe there is any “fallacious” dimension to my pencil sketch drawing. If you don’t believe that the bigger the government the smaller the people, then you will enjoy the slippery slide. For me, it’s a high-friction and one-time descent to a place I don’t want to be. Just like when I was 7 and that kid Vincent What’s-His-Name pushed me down the big rusty slide, I’ll go fighting and screaming the whole way.

  3. November 4, 2009 9:45 pm

    So NASCAR is being taken over by the government? Is that why Jimmy Johnson was at the White House?

  4. November 4, 2009 9:54 pm

    This listed below has other fallacies that could make your cartoons even funnier (if that is possible). How about have a dumb looking high school student saying he learned about the Weathermen and a guy named Ted Ayers in school. The father doesn’t know what an anarchist is. When the father hears it is a person who doesn’t believe in government. The father (wearing a Fox t) says, “He should run for office.” You know that shit is funny.

    http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/fallacies.html

    • Hugo permalink*
      November 5, 2009 11:28 am

      Good reference on types of fallacies. I appreciate it. It’s on the list to go into the Library here. Thanks.

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