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Herblock: Two-Fisted Hypocrite
on January 15, 2004
Always expect to find socialist garbage whenever you stumble upon a Herblock book (including this one). Herblock does not just use satire when demeaning his (mostly all Republican) targets, he spews hatred and leftist propaganda into his cruddy drawings (which progressively got worse and worse- his 90s artwork is basically a butcher job). Herblock never noted (or ignored) the acomplishments made by his most frequent presidential targets Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixion and Ronald Reagon, successes that should have satisfied his liberal taste. Eisenhower presided over a decade of economic growth and growing social awareness of Civil Rights (highlighted by his decision to send troops to enforce racial integration at Little Rock, High School). Instead he bashes the President as a do-nothing conservative. Ronald Reagon's administration succeeded in terminating the Cold War without any nuclear action commited by both the Russians and the U.S., a resolution Herblock, judging on his cartoons on the issue, would have approved. Instead, he bashes Reagon as some ignorant right-wing extremist. Then we come to Nixion...certainly he deserved to be a punching bag for Watergate, but here Herblock recklessly attacks Nixion with more vigor than the cartoons he drew mocking Hitler earlier in his career. I wonder how Herblock would feel when he found out Nixion was actually quite a liberal president; he signed bills approving affirmative action, equal rights for women and environmental preservation (even Micheal Moore confessed recently in his new book that Nixion was our last liberal president). More disgustingly, Herblock treated virtually all democratic presidents with kid gloves! FDR is portrayed as a saint in Herblock's cartoons, despite the fact that under his administration, more blacks were lynched or were victims of mob violence than any period under Republican leadership (he didn't even issue a pardon for the innocent Scottsboro Boys). And the Block basically kissed JFK's ass throughout his presidency. There's one cartoon where it's just Kennedy explaining to a reporter how a war room was used to track the whereabouts of his rambunctious family members. No joke, just a cute piece clearly sucking up to the Kennedies. Nope, Herblock never made any cartoons assailing the president for his Bay of Pigs invasion, his dragging on Civil Rights and his decision to escalate the war in Vietnam, but I'm sure he would have if he was a Republican. Even worse, Herblock uses every cliche to push his socialist agenda, like drawing pathetic looking homeless urchins begging for food while capitalists with dollar signs in their eyes bask in their riches. I could go on, but let's just conclude by saying that Herblock's cartoons would be funny for entirely different reasons if it wasn't for the seriousness of his wacko ideaology.