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Auchter's Art: No one wants to be a sucker

Nov 18, 2016

Here's a theory that might help to unify us in these difficult times: What all Americans really, really hate is to be a sucker.

Whatever else we disagree on — politics, ideology, economics, dessert toppings, the truth — a common bond is that nobody likes being a sucker.

I think that had an enormous effect on getting Trump elected.

Consider this:

  • Many white folks, who felt disenfranchised (a fancy word for feeling like a sucker), voted.
  • Many black folks, who felt disenfranchised, didn't vote.
  • A little amplification by the Electoral College, and — boom! — the Republican wins.

And as I say in the cartoon (literally, that's me), my inclination is to respect the results.

I'm good American. I believe in our system of government. I want to play along. But based on Paul Ryan's habit of continuously abandoning his moral convictions, Mitch McConnell's unrelenting enthusiasm for not doing his job (until now), and Donald Trump's entire life history, I have some reservations.

I share with you, my fellow Americans, your same passion:

I. Don't. Want. To. Be. A. Sucker.

That makes sense, right?

I mean, whether you are for or against the objectives of the Republican party, you can at least understand my desire to resist.

Yes? No?

Well, in any case, you decide. Because that's another thing we Americans really, really hate: Being told what to think.

John Auchter is an editorial cartoonist. Views expressed in his cartoons are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Michigan Radio, its management or the station licensee, The University of Michigan.