Bush Takes A Stand Against Imperialism

Gary Lapon is an activist and political cartoonist in Western Massachusetts. He can be reached at: glapon@gmail.com. Read other articles by Gary.

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  1. bozhidar balkas said on August 13th, 2008 at 8:44am #

    but, of course, US is not headed by an emperor; thus, as bush rightly notes, US cannot be imperialistic.
    so, dwn with the imperilaism; up with warfare. just make sure while you kill/maim/make refugees that your leader is not an empress, tsarina.
    thank u

  2. Gary Lapon said on August 13th, 2008 at 9:38am #

    FYI: You can click on the above image to view it in its original resolution and size…the quality above is a bit reduced.

  3. Rodolf said on August 13th, 2008 at 2:33pm #

    To day’s imperialism is quite different from ancient impires. Lies, falsification, criminality, cruelty and corruption are engendered in this complex system. This is an interesting article about imperialism which I want to share:

  4. John Judge said on August 13th, 2008 at 10:00pm #

    Gary Lapon’s humorous and clever artwork points at the hypocrisy and bold propaganda of the Bush Regime, bent now on making Russia an enemy and kicking off a new Cold War. McCain’s statements today also turn a blind eye both the death, displacement damage done in Ossentia by Georgian bombing, and the invitation to Russia to enter the conflict by Ossentia. This parallels exactly earlier lies by Bush about the “Soviet invasion of Afghanistan” following a CIA-led and intentional provocation of the USSR by Brzezinski during the Carter regime and the largest US covert operation ever that followed with the reactionary mujehaddin war against the democratic and secular government in Afghanistan, funded and armed by the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistani intelligence (ISI) using both tax money and profits from opium traffic. The largest recipient of the hidden CIA funding was Hekmyatar, the leading opium lord, and his protege, Osama bin Laden. “What’s a few stirred up Muslims compared to the fall of the Soviet Union?” crowed Brzenzinky after 9/11. Bush no more cares about protecting democracy than his well-funded neo-liberal puppets who rule other countries with corporate and economic imperialism. repressive police states and violations of human and civil rights, while putting on a front of being “free” because their markets, resources and labor are open to US exploitation. Elections are allegedly the criteria for the democracy that fronts for such hidden imperial rule, and even those are controlled more by propaganda, hidden funding and manipulation of the voting machines here and abroad than they are by the will of the people. If we want to spread democracy and freedom around the world we will have to find out how to practice it at home. If we did, the example would be far more successful at changing other societies than the militarism, corporate rapaciousness and imperialism that are creating enemies who we use to justify ending civil liberties here and exhausting our own wealth and sanity in perpetual wars. I hope Gary will continue to see the humor and the irony in all this, and expose it.

  5. Kim Petersen said on August 13th, 2008 at 11:57pm #

    Yes, this cartoon quintessentially depicts the blatant hypocrisy of the Bush regime rhetoric vis-a-vis actions.

  6. JBPM said on August 14th, 2008 at 11:57am #

    Thanks for saying in one picture what so many of us are struggling to articulate with our words.

  7. John Hatch said on August 14th, 2008 at 6:47pm #

    Great cartoon. The hypocrisy of Bush/Cheney/Rice is simply stunning. Before lecturing Russia Bush actually had the temerity to lecture China about human rights! I know! Maybe he was drunk. I hope Russia divests itself of all the American debt it holds (about $50 billion) and encourages others to do the same. The madness has to end, and a simple election (if there is one) won’t do it. A worldwide boycott might.

  8. cg said on August 15th, 2008 at 4:59pm #

    Here’s Bush attempting to just plain stand, at the Olympics.



  9. John Long said on January 14th, 2009 at 5:21pm #

    You could not be more wrong. Open your eyes!