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NEWSslinger Conservative Political Cartoons

Finding conservative political cartoons is more than just about fun, but often, one can take a more insightful look at many of the happenings of US Conservative politics and finding value in commentary.

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Years ago, it was once quipped that a politician need not really worry about what was printed about him as most of his constituents wouldnt be able to read, and if anything, it was pictures that should threaten him and his political career. It seems that this opinion about the effecti eness of conser ati e political cartoons still holds a lot of alidity. !isual presentation has become all the more important in the last couple of decades with the audience being more open to pictorial depictions rather than abstract and lengthy columns. "hile some might see this as a watering down of sorts or an o ersimplification of gra e social and political issues, there are many who iew conser ati e political cartoons as a sophisticated graphic art form and the caricaturist as an educator. #olitical cartoons in the $%& date back to as early as the late eighteenth century. 'here are many yesteryear graphic artists who ha e taken up serious political issues in their own tri ial fashion and etched their cartoons in the annals of &merican political (ournalism. It is also interesting to note how the graphic humour of a generation of cartoonists is essentially a ernacular archi e of the socio)political history of that generation. *urrent political cartoons are recipients of highly co eted and prestigious awards in (ournalism, such as the #ulit+er #ri+e. "hile photographs show the iewer ,what happened, pertinent graphic depictions are primarily concerned with ,why something happened. 'his is one of the main reasons why sports cartooning ne er quite thri ed. 'he question of why something happened ne er really arises in sports, or for that matter, any other newspaper section. "hile we passi ely consume most of the news in a daily, we are always questioning and critici+ing political news. It would be a wondrous feat for a newspaper agency to go one day without publishing any political news that hasnt been met by the reader with much distaste and dissatisfaction.

-ditorial cartoonists are therefore ested with the onerous task of e.pressing the multitudes skepticism and sarcasm through a cartoon. *onser ati e political cartoonists are always publishing rele ant, moralistic political obser ations on a daily basis and sharing a common ground with the reader. "hile their (ob is not so easy, the graphic medium is an aide of sorts. 'he pithiest of political writings will not ha e the same impact as any of the recent political cartoons, simply due to the fact that the graphic medium strikes harder and with more immediacy. "hen a graphic artist takes on the mantle of a political cartoonist, he does so with a purpose. /e does not simply wish to draw, but to draw and make a difference. 0rom the earliest days of conser ati e political cartoons, the caricaturist has been a truly strident critic of the social and political space that we inhabit. 1ften misconstrued as tri ial, his warnings ha e been unheeded and his words unheard. But there is no denying that the conser ati e political cartoonist is an honest critic, if there e er was one, without any pre(udices and predilections.