Just Shoot Him
“I get a lot of hate mail, but it’s predictable. They claim I’m sort of taking advantage of free speech, that I ought to go to Russia, where I’d be shot, and that if America was any good, I’d be shot here, too.”
—Tony Auth (1942-2014), Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, 1977, quoted in his Washington Post obit, 2014
• Editorial Comment: If he’d lived a little longer, Auth could have been shot right here in America, the way things are going.
PeezPix by Ted Pease
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