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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 07/ 4/2009

Best Fourth of July Cartoons: Let's Salute the Stars

By Michael Cavna

As with any proper holiday, we seem to have a theme. Yes, my fellow patriots, if the holiday be Independence Day, the satirical angle of choice this year is: What civil liberties don't we have?

Here are four political cartoons that remind us of what we've lost or may lose. Suddenly, I have the urge to flaunt my independence, even if that means exercising my inalienable rights to eat odd meats (thanks a lot, "Agnes"), watch blottoed citizens play perilously with firecrackers and rip that pesky little tag off my good ol' American mattress, fineprinted law be damned. What's that -- the mattress was made in China?

Where's Lee Greenwood when you need 'im?

So the Official 'Riffs Poll of the Day: Which of these four Fourth-themed cartoons do you hold to be most self-evidently clever? This being a truly democratic blog, you've invited to vote below. Often.





By Michael Cavna  | July 4, 2009; 9:05 AM ET
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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These are all terrible. These guys obviously have no idea how free they really are.

Posted by: Roto13 | July 4, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Ramsey's cartoon is pretty good, but he spoiled it by adding the word balloon. The visual alone is enough to get the point across.

Posted by: oscarfab | July 4, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Jim Day's cartoon really hits home with me. I'm old enough to remember a time when "no swimming" was about as rough as it got.

Posted by: jdesmond3 | July 6, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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