Jasper and These Partisan Times

Even though I’m a liberal, I used to have quite a few conservative friends in my 20s and 30s. About the mid 1990s, though, something changed. Many of the conservatives that I’ve met since then have been less willing to respect differences of opinions, and I’ve gotten into some exasperating conflicts in the past decade or so. I still have some friends and family members who I care about who are conservative, and I think of them to remind me not to stereotype all conservatives as being a certain way. Here is a cartoon that I did for the February 18, 2015 Philippines Today on that subject.

History is replete with many friendships of individuals with opposing viewpoints. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were best friends even though Jefferson was a Republican and Adams was a Federalist. Liberal Ted Kennedy and conservative Orrin Hatch were best friends in the Senate. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil would argue during the congressional debates, but would share drinks and exchange jokes afterward. Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda were best friends even though Stewart was a conservative Republican and Fonda was an ardent New Deal liberal. Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston were close friends even though Peck was a strong liberal who supported gun control while Heston was a conservative who was a past president of the NRA. The two closest friends in the Supreme Court are liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and conservative justice Antonin Scalia. John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek were on friendly terms and had a respect for each other in spite of their different economic philosophies.

Sen. Orrin Hatch remembers his friend Sen. Ted Kennedy on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

CNN’s Pamela Brown gives us a peek at the colorful stories told by Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, the closest friends among the justices in the Supreme Court

Nicholas Wapshott’s book “Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics” chronicles the origins of their theories, their friendship and their effect on us today

If you enjoy this cartoon, take a look at these links for more of my political cartoons at Everyday Citizen. You could also join my Jasper the Cat facebook page.

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A Cartoon on Central American Refugee Children

Filipino Americans and the Farm Labor Movement

Jesus the Poor and the Church

Jasper Takes A Car Trip

Jasper and the Obamacare Website Rollout

Two Cartoons on Republicans and the Government Shutdown

Superman and the Immigrant Experience

Jasper Walks With A Friend

A Cartoon for the 4th of July

A Cartoon on Government Surveillance

Two Cartoons on the Economy

Two Cartoons on the Church

Jasper and the Church

Jasper and the Tea Partier

Jasper Writes A Blog

Conversations During The Holidays

Jasper and the Cop

The Parents Visit the Occupation

Cartoons About Occupy Wall Street

Jasper and the Moderate Republican

Obama and the Republicans

Jasper And the Homeless Veteran

Jasper Celebrates the 4th of July

Jasper Meets Howard Zinn

Jasper and the Nature Poem

The Reunion

Government and the Market Economy

Jasper Joins Two Protests

Bob the Nerd Vampire

Jasper Debates War

Jasper Finds His Way Home

Jasper Escapes the Detention Center

Jasper At A Detention Center

Jasper Meets a Poet

Jasper’s Day

Jasper Tackles Health Care

Jasper Protests the War

Jasper and the Economy

Jasper Sings a Protest Song

The Road To Health Care Reform Cartoon

A Cartoon about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Cartoon about My Experience in an Evangelical Church

A Cartoon about Political Debate

A Cartoon On Gay Marriage


About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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