I was going through some stuff recently and re-discovered my cartoons and other drawings from my teenage years. As you’ll see, I’m not an artist, but it was fun to draw cartoon strips of the various characters and caricatures in my life at the time. Among the gems I found was this one, which I drew in late 1982:
I’m pretty sure I drew that while I was on detention at school. Anyway, I started to laugh out loud, as I had not realized I was such a leftist in my youth, but how does the saying go? “If you’re not a Liberal when you’re 20, you don’t have a heart, and if you’re not a Conservative when you’re 40, you don’t have a brain”. I’m relieved to know I have both, as that describes me these days with some accuracy.
One of the things that immediately struck me was that you could paste Trump’s head on this admittedly crude and shitty drawing and it would be updated without changing anything else. Because it’s such a shitty drawing, I’ll try to explain its elements if I can remember them:
Reagan is clearly a dictator, judging from his mustache. The slogan is all-too-familiar. His left arm is raised, and has several black armbands which signify the death of various leftist things.
The flags depict an arm, a Right arm, a White Right arm, flexing its muscles.
The stahlhelm-wearing thug on Reagan’s right is spraying copious volumes of water on the flowers of Corruption, while the one on Reagan’s left is machine-gunning Employment of the lower forms of life; notice the quantity of ejected casings. Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controller strikers marked the opening of Open Season on labor unions.
The stars on the flag have obviously been replaced by something more indicative, at least as I saw them. The anvil represents the lowering of interest rates, as if I understood that shit. Damn I've come a long way since then!