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Keizertimes political cartoons

To the Editor:

Lately, the number of political cartoons mocking Congressional Republicans has been very unbalanced.

On June 22, after Obama’s executive order giving amnesty to children of illegal immigrants, a cartoon appeared criticizing Congress as opposing “Anything Obama Proposes” because they’d voted down his “Dream Act,” which was largely the same thing. For the record, that’s the way the Constitution set it up. A two-part Congress must pass laws which are then sent to the President for approval or rejection. It’s not a president’s prerogative to make his own laws if Congress doesn’t do his bidding.

Then on June 29, the largest cartoon showed voters having contempt “for” Congress, portrayed as the GOP elephant, for holding Attorney General Holder in contempt “of” Congress. Agree or disagree, this power has been a Congressional prerogative for hundreds of years now.

Finally, on July 6, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s upholding of ObamaCare, the powers-that-be at the Keizertimes couldn’t seem to contain their partisanship showcasing no less than four cartoons ridiculing Republican reactions to the decision.

Being a retired public school history teacher, many times students wanted me to tell them how I voted or where I stood on issues. I told them politely, “It’s not my job to tell you how to vote or for whom to vote. I urge you to hear the best arguments from the various sides and then make your own informed decision based upon your values.” Likewise, the editorial board at the Keizertimes would do well to restrain their own political views and put a little more balance in our local paper, especially as regards their selection of political cartoons. Your readers deserve no less.

Mark Manthey
Keizer