What The Fuck, America?


Not long after George W. Bush was elected President, not long after September 11, 2001, a lot of us started reading David Rees and his comic strip Get Your War On. It was a crude, profane, and above all angry, blast, full of pain, bewilderment, and just plain rage, like something published by the Incredible Hulk from a Soviet gulag. It was an oasis, a solace, a place where we could all warm ourselves around the bonfire of our fury. Rees ended the strip when Dubya left office. Rees retired into Artisanal Pencil Sharpening. Dubya was not indicted for war crimes and maintains a lavish lifestyle and a busy schedule of speaking engagements.

During the run-up to Election Day 2016 a lot of us tuned in to Owen Ellickson on Twitter where he kept an ongoing series of Trump Leaks putting all the various assholes surrounding Trump and the main asshole himself into mini-scripts where they could flower into the true turd blossoms they really are. When the results of the election came through, Ellickson retired from the field.

I found myself missing "Get Your War On" and "Trump Leaks" and wishing there were an equivalent place to go to following the election of Trump. Then I remembered what Gandhi once said: Be the profane political satirist you want to see in the world.

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