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By Tom Toles



Midsummer night's dream

This is about as midsummery as it gets. The actual solstice is too soon and August starts to feel like late summer. So this is it. That nice balance point where the mind actually does calm down a bit. Does beer ever taste better? So what to dream of this midsummer?

My own dream is that the current off-the-charts right-wing wackiness is the final burst of fireworks to the thirty-year conservative dominance. It flourished as a result and answer to a similarly long stretch of liberal preeminence, which had grown tired and complacent. But the conservative set of ideas that fueled the current era have played themselves out, leaving little but orthodoxy and hysteria. The few thoughtful conservatives left have realized this and are attempting to rethink the project.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court that conservatives installed shows no signs of rethinking anything. Roberts and Alito have proven to be the pre-programmed robots that liberals feared and are working away, machine-like, to deliver government to the corporations. But, who knows, maybe even they will do some new thinking this midsummer eve if they stop to consider what their ideology actually does to democracy. Anyway, that's the dream. Probably just the beer talking. --Tom Toles




By Tom Toles  | July 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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You may be talking Tom, but it's definitely not your beer.

Posted by: Kweekweg | July 29, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

Tom, (may I call you, Tom? I feel like I know you so well!), the conservative movement didn't start because liberal preeminence grew tired and complacent. That thirty year period was not all liberal but it was run by the Democrat Party. The liberals got control of the Democrat Party during that time. The liberals control the Democrat Party now, and with promoters like you it's well on its way to destroying American values as fast as it can. I asked you the question the other day, “Do you think confiscating wealth will solve your problems?” No, it won't. You take my wealth and redistribute it to someone who did not take the risks I have taken then he and I both loose. So do you, Tom. That's basic wisdom and you do not understand it.

Posted by: quiensabe | July 28, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I wonder whether it's that most people have become more wacky and unreasonable, or we're just hearing more from the wacky and unreasonable types who usually keep quite and amuse themselves in other ways, like pulling the wings off flies. Given the success of self-serving pitchmen like Glen Beck, I suspect it's the latter.

Posted by: DaveHarris | July 28, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

why is it that when liberals rightly cite Bush for excessive spending they find no fault in quadrupling of the lunacy by Obama? Just asking.

Posted by: theduck6 | July 28, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm certainly in favor of curbing the "free speech" element of campaign contributions. There are ways to let everyone contribute (have their share of "free speech") but limit the amount. about elections completely funded with public money! That would change a LOT of things. Oh, and let's throw in some instant runoff voting, to give third-party candidates a fighting chance.

By the way bobbo2, nice try. What about any public employees that take some of their salary and donate it directly to Republican candidates? What do we do with them? Or are you under the strange impression that only wacky lefty liberals are government employees...or that Republican public employees don't donate to candidates? Oh, and the postal workers you mention are funded by the money you pay for postage, not by government funds.

The point is, money corrupts, especially when we're talking about large quantities of it. It doesn't make any difference where it comes from or who it goes to. It all has the same effect. Money in politics needs to be limited or modified in some way to get elected officials back to working for us...researching, writing and passing meaningful legislation. They're job should not be raising huge amounts of cash for reelection. Unfortunately, the current Supreme Court has made it quite apparent that they have no intention of ruling against just about any kind of money in politics, so elected officials will continue to spend a good bit of their time chasing that money, wherever it may be.

Posted by: PrairieDog60 | July 28, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I suggest you have several more beers, "Dog Fish Head" preferably, maybe throw in a couple shots of "Jose Cuervo", and then dream some more. I have found, over the years, that combination will not only make you dream, you might hallucinate, and that is probably more reliable than dreaming, especially about thoughtful conservatives, if there is any such thing.

Posted by: bavery1 | July 28, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

So how about writing a piece that had something MORE than opinion. Damn I hate the good ole days when there really were reporters and not gossip columnists!

Posted by: klassylady25 | July 28, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Money corrupts; absolute mega money corrupts absolutely. Will in the future we see The United States of America Inc? Very good cartoon!

Posted by: MyVoice3 | July 28, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"But the conservative set of ideas that fueled the current era have played themselves out, leaving little but orthodoxy and hysteria."

Don't forget, they also left behind a trillion $ deficit, 2 occupied foreign countries, several thousand dead American servicemen and -women, a nationwide economic collapse (including virtually unprecedented unemployment) and a beautiful new decor for the otherwise boring and ordinary Gulf of Mexico. And people are still trying to send those decorators up to Alaska! (Can't exactly blame them for global warming, but they sure didn't do a single thing to stop or reverse it.) So the GOP really does have quite a legacy that will be with us for a long, long, time (if we last a long, long time, that is).

Posted by: dingogumby | July 28, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

You are right Bertzel, clearly not enough beer. What a beautiful full moon.
Come on ya'll lets all go shopping.

Posted by: vacarollm | July 28, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Gilbert and Sullivan said many years ago, Mr. T. You're "a man of wisdom."
Go get 'em, Tiger.

Posted by: GeneTouchet | July 28, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse


Try not to count chickens until you can feed them.

Posted by: gary4books | July 28, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

You got to keep on trying, Mr. Toles.

If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

But do listen to those you see as wise. Nobody is perfect.

Posted by: gary4books | July 28, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Toles the Washington Post never tells who donates the money to pay your salary and you always try to sway the elections big time to the left. Based on your obvious bias do you think you should keep getting away with this free press stuff or have a DNC logo pasted on your cartoons?

Posted by: insanecommenter | July 27, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Toles, you have issues : )
On a midsummer night with the moon as it is....well jeeze...the last thing on your mind should be POLITICS!

Posted by: bertzel | July 27, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that when my comment is too close to that of SharpshootingPugilist I feel the need to take a bath?

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 27, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with bobbo2 on this. Hardworking, blue-collar Americans have way too much influence in our nation's politics. They need to stay out of the whole mess and let the poor corporations catch a break once in a while.

Posted by: Kevin71707 | July 27, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

As per your cartoon Mr. Toles it is easy to find where the money comes from. Let's take the campaign contributions from some public sector unions. The money trail is like this, I work, I pay my taxes to the State and Federal Government, my taxes are used to pay public sector employees, the public sector employees pay dues to their Unions, the Unions give much of that money to politicians. From 1990 to 2010 AFSCME gave $40,281,900 to Dems. and $547,700 to Reps. SEIU gave $26,368,470 to Dems. and $98,700 to Reps. NEA gave $27,679,800 to Dems. and $2,005,200 to Reps. AFT gave $25,682,800 to Dems. and $200,000 to Reps. and the Postal Workers Union gave $11,633,100 to Dems. and $544,300 to Reps. The $787 billion stimulus gave $90 billion to States and local Governments to maintain or increase the levels of public sector employees. The bailed out auto companies and their United Auto Workers gave $25,083,200 to Dems. and $182,700 to Reps. I am all for limiting any donation to a politician by anybody or any organization to $5.00, period. Are you sure you want to limit the free speech of money? I am sure that the Democrats would have a hard time detoxing from the loss of all that money that started out as income taxes from people who don't work for the Government. I also don't wish for another stretch of Liberal preeminence. The last one spent trillions of dollars on the Welfare State which produced single parent homes and dependence on Government. It took the Republicans gaining control of Congress in an off year and a Democrat President who saw the light to end that as we know it. Gee, I wonder if this November could bring about the same kind of epiphany for President Obama?

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 27, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Tommy ol boy … there you go again! Do you really think that the 30 year surge of Reagan’s conservative revolution is ready to burn out? Had your Nigerian prince and his lackeys in congress not screwed the pooch when they took their election as a mandate for liberalism, they might have been able to turn the country from its center right moorings into a more “progressive” direction over the course of the next 20-30 years like Reagan did. But they didn’t Tommy ol boy, they messed up SO bad that the GOP, and its most right wing faction, will be in control for quite some time.

The whomping you and your liberal pals are going to see this November is going to resemble an electoral mau mauing fitting for you Nigerian prince’s heritage. Strap yourself in Tommy ol boy!

And you cant be serious about Citizens United can you? Do you really believe that a group of likeminded people should be legally barred from political activism? Of course you do, as long as its not MoveOn slandering our military, because you were all aboard with that.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | July 27, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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