March 07, 2003

Calling The Bluff


Editorial cartoons tend to be critical by nature, so whenever we feature President Bush, it is usually to criticize a particular policy stance of his, e.g., expanding domestic socialism, advocating a Palestinian state (see here), showing deference to the U.N., etc. But this cartoon shows what we admire about him -- his willingness to use force to protect America from its enemies. Now if he'd just stop playing the diplomacy game...

UPDATE: Here’s an excellent editorial on the European vs. the American view of cowboys by Andrew Bernstein: In Defense of the Cowboy. (Thanks to Martin Lindeskog).

Posted by Forkum at March 7, 2003 09:21 AM


I love the composition on this one, and the UN card in H's collar.

I'll also take the opportunity to congratulate you guys on the blog; I've been sending several people here this week, and I hope it continues well.

Posted by: Jeremy Morton at March 7, 2003 09:49 AM

Don't play poker with GW Bush!

Posted by: BigBad at March 7, 2003 10:20 AM

Timely, great, to the point. Not to mention the generous use of black ink. Limbaugh should see this one.

Posted by: James at March 7, 2003 10:44 AM

About the only thing missing is the race card. Oh wait, others have already played that one.

Thanks for celebrating the "cowboy." Definitely a way of life and an attitude that should be lauded today.

Posted by: Chrees at March 7, 2003 11:37 AM

Love it, simply love it!

Not only do I love the cartoon, I also love the addition of commentary, which is one of the many many great things about your book too (buy it if you haven't already, it's more than worth it). Not only do we get the humor, the bite, the wit, we also get to peek inside your minds.

And let me add my voice to Chrees's in lauding you for taking the "cowboy" sneer and turning it on those who wish us ill.

I'm PROUD to have the "cowboy spirit" and I'm immensely grateful that we have a President who is filled to the brim with it too. It's that "take no prisoners", "no nonsense", "good horse sense", "can-do"-attitude that built this nation and made it the greatest in the world and we're RIGHT to celebrate it!

And that's the reason that I find it the height of hysterical irony when our enemies think that they can "insult" us with it.

Posted by: Emperor Misha I at March 7, 2003 12:06 PM

For more on the ideals of the Cowboy, read Andrew Bernstein's editorial, In Defense of the Cowboy.

Posted by: Martin Lindeskog at March 7, 2003 01:34 PM

hell yah, we're cowboys.

proud of it, too.

Posted by: RT at March 7, 2003 03:18 PM

The descriptions of the proper definative cowboy, his friends and enemies: The Virginian, Owen Wister, happily available on-line at

You show some very nice work yourself. Thank you.

Posted by: htom at March 7, 2003 03:44 PM

Awesome guys! I thought the speech he gave was great, in spite of the contradictions. It was so refreshing to hear someone speak with even a small degree of moral clarity!

I'm directing as many friends/people as I can to your site. The wife's proud of you, too!

Posted by: Blair at March 7, 2003 04:29 PM

A first timer and instant fan!

:) I love something that brings me happiness. I'm really starting to get fed up with this stuff we gotta call the bluff and end it. keep it up!
|the brick|

Posted by: thebrick at March 7, 2003 07:49 PM

Ditto. I found y'all thanks to Hippies Are for Barbecuing.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at March 7, 2003 09:48 PM

I really have enjoyed looking through this sight since I discovered it today. The anti-americanism and the constant bashing of our ideals and our President, in this country and around the world, send me from anger to upset tummy to laughter.

Thanks for the laughter part and putting things in bit of perspective

Posted by: Butterfly at March 7, 2003 10:02 PM

You guys do great work. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Now, how about one about Ted Kennedy's latest hand-wringing speech on the floor of the Senate. Of course, Mr. Kennedy showed the world his lack of integrity and courage in the face of personal danger many years ago when he allowed a young girl to drown because the peril to his prestige required lawyers and spin-doctors. That this has translated itself into cowardice during a national crisis ought to surprise no one.

Posted by: Dee Bates at March 8, 2003 03:07 AM

Well, I've said that the people who hate George W Bush and those who love him do so for the same reason: Because he's such a cowboy!

But it's a case of viewing the same thing from different perspectives.

A socialist would see a cowboy as a dangerous, violent person with an antisocial attitude towards the government and laws.

A libertarian or objectivist would see a cowboy as a self-starting, enterprising, intuitive and honest citizen.

Posted by: Korgmeister at March 8, 2003 04:20 AM

Walter Russel Mead's Special Providence is a great book on American foreign policy. It clearly explains our foreign policy and why Europeans think of us as reckless cowboys.

Posted by: Inscrutable American at March 8, 2003 02:10 PM

Great cartoon!

It may be impossible for anybody who doesn't have a multi-generational history in the Western states to understand those of us who do (California doesn't count). Of course we are self-reliant! Who else was there to rely on when your nearest neighbor may be miles away? Who else is going to solve your problems? The government? Wasn't any 911 to call when trouble showed up on your doorstep. You took care of you and yours because it was your own responsibility. That's what folks east of the Mizzippi never understood, and still don't. It is also what the Libs hate about cowboys -- they don't need gov-mint help, don't want it and would prefer it just stayed out of the way.

How many buro-crats can say that their grandmother killed rattlesnakes with a shovel?

Posted by: Director at March 8, 2003 04:21 PM

Hey, no fair bashing Teddy for Chappaquidick. I believe him when he said he went down to the car several times - My guess is that she almost got the seat-belt undone a couple of times.


Posted by: Orion at March 9, 2003 01:29 AM

That aces & eights that ol' Sammy's holding there?

Posted by: Cybrludite at March 9, 2003 07:10 PM

In the words of one John McClane, NYPD (Ret.), "Yippee-ki-yay, mo--erf--ker."

There's a reason that the Dallas Cowboys were called "America's Team"... Great job, as always.

Posted by: Drumwaster at March 9, 2003 11:15 PM

Hey, hey, hey, I live way East of Mississippi, and I ADORE do my other east-coaster friends (well, my east-coaster Objectivist and Libertarian friends)

Posted by: Julianne at March 15, 2003 12:57 PM