I am disappointed in the editors of the Statesboro Herald.
At the top of the editorial page on Sept. 11, 2013, y’all printed a cartoon characterizing Republicans as “fat cats” starving children by cutting food stamps to them. Such a cartoon is a gross misrepresentation of the concerns of Republicans in Congress — and many others within our nation. The debate over the size of appropriations for food stamps within the Agriculture Department budget comes in the wake of (1) unprecedented growth in entitlement spending, including spending for the food stamp program, and (2) the continued accumulation by the United States government of unprecedented, unsustainable and, therefore, dangerous levels of federal debt. Persistent accumulation of debt leads to collapse, whether it is of families or of nations, and leads to the very grinding poverty that the cartoon attempts to blame on Republicans.
On a day when Americans remember the murder of 3,000 Americans in the Sept. 11, 2001, bombings, does the Herald have nothing better to do than to perpetuate political caricatures and to misrepresent the grave issues that face all Americans today?
Reid S. Derr
I would like to thank the editors of the Statesboro Herald for providing me with an excellent example of a nonsequitur to use in my college critical thinking class. You printed a political cartoon on Sept. 11, 2013, which claims that because Republicans are deeply concerned about the amount of welfare spending in our country, they want to starve children. I cannot think of a better example of a nonsequitur (or an ad hominem argument, for that matter), so I am grateful that the editors have provided me with such a handy example to use for my students. Thank you.
On the other hand, I am disappointed that the editors have chosen to run a cartoon that so obviously (and I suspect deliberately) mischaracterizes the concerns and convictions of Republicans. I understand that political cartoons are a form of satire, but good satire seeks to tell the truth — and it certainly does not resort to blatant logical fallacies to do so.