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9/29/2008 12:22:00 AM
Politickles and Badfellas

Dee Bonner

The Shelby County Democratic Party recently commissioned me to produce an original cartoon illustration to use as a fundraiser at the organization's Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at Occasions Banquet Hall in Shelbyville, Indiana.

The Obama-Biden 2008 illustration is the result of that commission. The 11-inch x 14-inch, hand-colored, framed original of this cartoon will be included in a Silent Raffle at the group's Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. The local Democratic Party may also have individual color reproductions of this cartoon available for purchase. To confirm availability or to get information about the raffle, contact Bob Williams at 812-350-1783.

By the way, here's some related trivia. The Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner is an annual fundraising event sponsored by Democratic Party organizations across the country. It is named after Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, the nation's third and seventh Presidents of the United States, respectively. Jefferson and Jackson are considered to be the co-founders of the modern Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party is our country's oldest continuous political party. It is also the country's largest political party. More Americans identify with the Democratic Party than with the Republican Party according to an August, 2008 report from the Pew Research Center:

"...the Democratic Party's advantage in party identification remains as large as it has been over the past two decades, and the Democratic Party's image remains substantially more positive than the GOP's. The Democrats have a 13-point lead in party affiliation (51% vs. 38%) among registered voters, when independents who "lean" to either party are included. Four years ago, the Democrats held only a slim 47% to 44% lead by this same measure".

If you want to read the full report, you can access from my "Favorite Links" section. You'll also find several other nonpartisan political websites listed among my favorite links.

Incidentally, just to make certain this article doesn't appear one-sided, let me say a few words about the other local political party.

Local Republicans have also commissioned my artwork. Admittedly, those requests have not come from members of the party's ruling elite, but rather from individuals and various factions within the Shelby County Republican Party.

Many local Republicans are good friends and acquaintances. They are people who have earned respect because of their (often courageous) efforts to make the community a better place for all citizens.

But there are other local Republicans who are intent on making certain that Shelbyville and Shelby County are governed by a single political party. That's not very democratic, is it?

A few pathetic individuals even employ false claims, outright fabrications, hearsay and intimidation against fellow citizens in an apparent attempt to suppress opposition and to perpetuate their control.

Not surprisingly, these weird, bad people rarely appreciate, and often become upset by, humorous political cartoons that tickle the funny bones of the rest of us.

I guess that proves the old proverb:

"Politickles make strange badfellas".

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 29, 2008
Article comment by: Johnny Cougar

Well said, Dee Bonner! I personally know many fine Republican people in our community who have been very upset with the Ruling Elite's activities over the past several years. Let's hope "the walls come tumblin'" down sooner than later - both in the national and state elections as well as here locally.

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