By Jeremy Meltingtallow

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This gag by my buddy and collaborator, Andy Cowan, seems appropriate in light of the recent scandals regarding Manning and Snowden. Up until a few years ago I followed politics pretty closely and got just as aggravated as everyone else. In self defense, I abandoned following politics any more than I have to because it was ruining my peace. I now am only aware of major headlines that stick around for months; the sort of stuff I cannot avoid hearing about in social conversations. So while I’m anything but an expert on current politics, I’m not a fan of the U.S. government’s invasion of its own citizen’s privacy in the name of “security”. In my view, the world is a dangerous place and there is no such thing as complete security. In a free society, we take our chances. Every time I have to take my shoes off to board a plane or put my belongings in a clear plastic bag of a predetermined size (NFL stadiums are now requiring this of fans at games, too) I say to myself, the terrorists have won: they’ve taken our freedom. 

Before the criticism of my stance begins in the comments section, let me reiterate that I don’t know what I’m talking about regarding these specific cases. This is a philosophical opinion about the general way that the U.S. government has handled modern terror threats. Seems to me that Americans are in more danger from crazy American nutjobs like Timothy McVeigh than from super-scary foreigners. That’s the price of life on a planet run by primates with mutant brains: human beings.

PALEOZARRO: bz 01-02-96 HolidaysThis prehistoric Bizarro cartoon is from 1996 and displays a different side of the same issue: how humans can rarely agree on what’s right and wrong. It’s a good and bad thing, a double-edged sword, a dog with teeth at both ends, a chocolate desert with Ex-Lax in it.