April 25, 2004

War in the Comics

Please don't get me wrong. I like the cartoon Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley. A delightful cartoon with vegetarian Rob and his two pets; Satchel (the slightly dim dog with an inferiority complex) and Bucky (a siamese with a Naplolean complex). I often don't agree with Mr. Conley political views, but I do love his humor. So I look foreward to his cartoon every day.

But I do have to say that I think he missed the point in this cartoon. In response to the character Rob's correction of his father's statement 'Only in America.', I have to say, 'Yes. Only in America.'

We are a country where widely differing cultures are assimilated into our own. Where we make an effort to find the best in everbody and to use it to improve everyone. And I'm not talking about artificial stuff like political correctness (via Harvey). All that does is try to keep everybody separate so people can play one group off of another. But what America is really built on is seen in the differences between groups that survive and are taken into the whole as a new part. Things like pastries and beer and pizza and chinese take out and architecture (Do you think that the Ranch house is a white European concept?) and literature and traditions and... well more than I care to type right now.

It's those 'and's that make America what it is. Not 'Or' like some people want to think. You know, you get this 'or' that, you can be this 'or' that. It's only in America where you can have an Irish beer while you eat Chinese food with a Belgian pastry for dessert while sitting in a Mexican style home while waiting to go out with your friends on Dingus Day (a nice traditional Polish holiday).


Posted by GEBIV at April 25, 2004 02:57 PM

Well said! American is all about having the best of everything and plenty of it, whenever you want it. I LOVE living in the lap of luxury. I revel in it and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else :-)

Posted by: Harvey at April 26, 2004 10:10 AM
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