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Lacey Davenport is so marvelous. Had the Republicans ever had the sense to nominate her for the presidency, I would have voted for her in a heartbeat. (Me voting for a Republican president? Will wonders never cease?)
I wish the Republicans would bring back Lacey Davenport to run for President. A party with so little concern for facts should have no problem running a dead fictional woman for President, and she would raise the tone of the whole contest immeasurably.
In Thursday's 45-Years-Ago-Today Flashback strip, I love it that Rufus uses the subjunctive verb form correctly: "If the black community were..." Shades of Garrison Keillor and the English majors. It's all the little details that we've loved in Doonesbury for so many years.
I am writing to thank you for Mark Slackmeyer. I'm a 17-year-old lesbian, and Mark has helped me accept myself. It is so rare to see positive portrayals of gay characters in the media. Too often, they are one-dimensional and are killed off or shoved back in the closet. Mark Slackmeyer is the opposite of that. Mark is someone I identify with on a deeply personal level. He and I share much from an ideological perspective. We've both struggled with self-hatred and depression, which we hide behind humor.
And yet, despite his problems, Mark has succeeded. When I read about his job at NPR, or his life with Chase (I know they've broken up , but their story still gives me hope), I think that I have a future. One where gay people get happy endings and their dream jobs and are accepted by society. I have read Mark's coming out story over and over again. I have every story line with him and Chase bookmarked on my laptop. I cried when they got married. I still can't listen to "I Want It That Way" without tearing up.
I love your comic strip. I've learned so much about the political world from Doonesbury. It's hilarious and brilliant and it never fails to make me laugh, or think harder about how America got to where it is today, with a demagoguing toupée running for president.
"Wow! Heavy! Dig it!" -- today's Flashback strip from 45 years ago -- has always been a favorite. Someone ought to show it to Rashida Jones.
Speaking of bad apples, I hear that there are a couple in North Korea these days as well. And they are so proud of their apples. When my Peace Corps group arrived in South Korea in 1967, the press in the North denounced us all as CIA agents. In 1968 the NK government sent a team to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung Hee, but only succeeded in killing a few people on a bus, including a school janitor, a friend of a friend of mine.
I hope there will be more Trump strips. His candidacy is proof that we cannot have public campaign financing. Imagine all of the people who would run for office and just say whatever they wanted. The political parties and the media would lose total control of public discourse. We can't have that.
I just want to say thank you for the March 6th Doonesbury strip. I had read an article in the newspaper about the Wounded Warrior Project, but had seen no response to it. I was hoping someone would jump on it. Thanks, Garry. You hit the nail on the head, and I'm so glad you told it like it is. I hope it makes people more aware.