Some Things Never Change

Bill Mauldin – 1945

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9 Responses to Some Things Never Change

  1. George Rebane says:

    The country’s mood and sensitivity toward Indians has not changed over the last 70 years; really?? (I don’t use ‘native Americans’ here because everyone knows who American Indians are, otherwise they may confuse such aboriginals with people like my native-born American wife whose ancestors trace directly back to the Mayflower and early 1700s colonists. That’s probably a racist notion or something.)

    • rl crabb says:

      You’re pointing to the people when the sign is the message. You see them at every Trump rally.

      • George Rebane says:

        “… at every Trump rally.”??! The meat of the sign is its ‘pure-blooded Americans’, and that definitely makes the people contemplating such a sign the main point that Mauldin makes. Take the people out, and you have nothing. ‘America First’ is Trumps calling card, and a sentiment at least half of America can sign up for, but would you please point us to where such ‘pure blooded Americans’ signs are found at Trump rallies.

        And I failed to mention, that my wife also has a smidgen of Indian blood in her veins, apropos to Mr Peterson’s bragging rights below (always glad to demonstrate how we talk past each other). Now we can segue to a debate about whose family has more aboriginal in them. I’ll pass.

        • rl crabb says:

          As usual, we’re talking past each other. “America First” and “our beloved country being overrun by undesirables” are overshadowed by “pure-blooded Americans.” I can cherry-pick as well as you can, George. Another symptom of the “one-eye blind” syndrome. We only see the parts we agree or disagree with.
          And after doing the mail in DNA test, I’m sorry to report I have zero native American genes. (38% Irish, 23% Viking, and the rest presumably crustacean.)

        • Chris Peterson says:

          Sorry to have brought up race to begin wi…hey, wait.

          But, whether your family was here back when your wife’s and mine were, or not, the majority of us were part of the biggest chain migration the world had ever seen. And not only did the Europeans migrate here; they forced millions of Africans here to do their work for them. Now that’s a “chain” migration like no other. Throw in their zealous religious beliefs, and our ancestors were an incredibly closed-minded crowd.

          You know what? Maybe you and your knuckle-dragging minority actually DO represent the version of America prevalent back in the day. I thank the secular stars that those days are over.

    • Chris Peterson says:

      Funny stuff: Rebane basing his jingoistic argument on his wife’s ancestry. My wife being a true Native American, and my family having been here since the late 1600’s, our daughter could be both a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a registered Native American if only she gave a flying f#ck about such idiotic things. (She doesn’t even have a picture of white Jesus.)

      And although all racists are undeniably stupid, thank you, George, for showing us that you can be stupid without being overtly racist, if you word it right.

  2. Steven Frisch says:

    It’s illustrative that George identified the nations mood and sensitivity toward “Indians” as the issue here.

    Of course the issue is the hypocrisy of having a nation alomost entirely composed of the descendents of immigrants, that prospered by taking in some of the well to do but primarily the ‘wretched’ (incuding the Rebane family) and creating opportunity, where a substantial portion of our population now vilifies immigrants.

    But I think it is pretty clear from many of George’s other posts that his objection to the current immigrants to America is that they will dilute our western European cultural heritage (and by default religion.)

    Kind of warned you about this for years Bob, that is the definition of racism and bigotry.

    BTW, hat tip to Bill Mauldin–always loved his stuff. Used to have books of his cartoons, one he autographed at some event in Chicago when I was a kid. Fascinating guy. I think people forget he did not start as a cartoonist; he started as an infantryman in the 45th Infantry Division serving in Sicily and Salerno. Even when his stuff caught on and he moved to Stars and Stripes, he could be found with a rifle in his hand and often very near if not on the front lines.

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