Santayana as cartoonist

Okay, not George Santayana himself. Not even Santayana’s Ghost™. It’s really Wiley, with “Non Sequitur.”

This is close to the perfect cartoon. It would have been timely during the American Revolutionary War, at times in England, at times in America. It would have been timely during periods of the Texas fight for independence. It would have been timely in the early part of the War Between the States, for the Union into 1862, for the Confederacy later. It’s perfect for the Phillipines uprising during the Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson administrations. It fits Korea. It fits Vietnam. Some argue it fits Iraq.

Is this guy really a political cartoonist hiding on the funny pages?

Probably not — I could use this cartoon in a corporate presentation with good effect, and to the point.  It’s a universal problem of human organizations.

See the cartoon below the fold.

Wiley cartoon, Saturday, October 6, 2007 -

(Click the thumbnail below if the image is too difficult to read.)


From the comic strip “Non Sequitur,” by Wiley.  Copyright 2007, Wiley and  If your newspaper doesn’t carry “Non Sequitur” daily and Sunday, you could ask the editors to add it.  We see it daily in the Dallas Morning News.

5 Responses to Santayana as cartoonist

  1. bernarda says:

    I may have posted on this Pete Seeger song earlier, “Bring Em Home”.

    All one needs to do is change “Vietnam” to “Iraq Land”.

    Pete also makes a good comment that “they don’t have the right weaponry” to solve the problems.

    “The world needs housing, food, and schools, and learning a few universal rules.”


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Bill Mauldin?


  3. Pam says:

    I seem to think it was the guy from Albuquerque who also did the WWII GI cartoons and whose name completely escapes.

    I couldn’t find it in my Google search of the title.


  4. Ed Darrell says:

    Wonderful question. I don’t know. It’s a Pete Seeger song, so I should know.

    My recollection is I heard Pete introduce it once, telling the story of the training accidents near some swamp, where three or four young recruits died of hypothermia, with the training sergeants pushing the kids to stay in the swamps during a rain storm and refusing to listen to complaints of pain or injury.

    Who did the cartoon, do you recall?


  5. Pam says:

    I remember the Big Muddy cartoon used in the 60s, I’m not sure by whom.

    It featured an American soldier in an alligator (crocodile?) infested swamp and quick sand with the caption, “And, the big fool said to push on”

    Which came first, the song or the cartoon?


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