Artistic Interpretation of Trump Victory
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Gary L. Clark is an author. After a thirty year career he retired to write a novel. He then joined a counselor-in-training program at the local community mental health center and worked three years as a substance abuse counselor. He retired again and has written two more novels. He recently completed the annotation of a self-help book on faith-based self-help. Two published novels (available on Amazon.com) address social justice. Mr. Clark is the Editor of thefiresidepost.com. He lives in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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Artistic Interpretation of Trump Victory

Ben Franklin was a Founding Father who used political cartoons as a means of persuasion.  With biting with he would cause a person to reflect and reconsider.  And that was not his day job.  Some people are just naturally gifted at imagery and symbolism used a tools for thoughtful discourse.  I am no expert on humor – my role is more like a consumer.  I enjoy political cartoons as a wine connoisseur enjoys the open house at the local winery.  The 2016 Presidential election in the United States may be the most inspirational for the artists in the category of political cartoons.

Good humor is generally accepted as funny or amusing.  Political speakers use humor to identify with their audience.  With a connection made they can pursue their actual agenda.  Good humor is generally kind and tolerant – not seeking to alienate.  Political cartoons, in the judgement of many, break the boundaries of identity humor.  Political cartoons leap into the world of wit and irony using tools such as exaggeration, symbolism, analogy, and labeling.

Wit and irony promote or enhance a person or ideal at the expense of another.  Ideals are exaggerated for the purpose of exposing consequences.  To be effective they mus be forceful and succinct, quick and sharp.  Irony is complex.  The dissection of politics with visual metaphors requires the audience have some fundamental grasp of the topic.  Philosophical connections are not meant for the casual observer.

Sophisticated political cartoons are designed to be witty, ironic, persuasive, and thought provoking.

The following are political cartoons from around the world in the week following the United States 2016 Presidential election. We gathered this collection from the internet (of course).  We are not suggesting this is a representative sample of all political cartoons of this time period – we are only suggesting that Trump has evoked some serious thought around the world.

Enjoy (And feel free to add commentary):

uncle-sams-nightmare

van-goghs-scream

 

wall-around-liberty

vomiting-news

 

trump-replaces-lady-liberty

trumps-gop-tramples-liberty

 

trump-copmpared-to-lincoln

trump-grops-lady-liberty

 

 

sweet-jesus-no

tossing-campaign-promises

 

trump-as-god

lady-liberty-decapitated

 

bag-over-american-eagle-head

narcissistic-moron

gop-off-the-cliff

gay-marriage

 

upsetting-lincoln

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