Funniest Political Memes of 2019

Memes; one of the many ways the people of the internet can voice their options on all matters, political or not. Fortunately for us though, the political memes have never peaked quite this hard. I believe it might have a little something to do with this new presidency we have on our hands.  

However tragic Donald Trump’s presidency might be, you have to admit – the memes have never been better. So let’s get started and check out some of the most popular political memes of 2019. 

Donald Trump

Let’s face it; Donald Trump is the easiest target in the history of politics. I mean, everyone felt like they were throwing stones at a blind kid when they made fun of George W, but with Donald Trump, it’s like we hog-tied the blind kid and tied him to the end of a pickup truck.  

Memes like this one will always have a special place in my heart, but much like George W’s run, it’s getting old. 

I find that memes like this one tickle my funny bone just as much as any other, but they lack substance. The best political memes (in my opinion) require a little bit of background info, more so than any “build the wall” memes that might cross my path. I’m sure you feel the same way, so let’s move on to the real juicy stuff. 

The White House

In this past year or two, the Whitehouse and it’s staff have been at an all-time low. The government shutdowns have been wildly unpopular around the country, and nothing quite embodies that cheap/sad feeling more than a Spirit Halloween store. Example A. 

The elections in Australia have been quite a hot topic, even here in the US where we eat with utensils and brush our teeth. There was recently a federal election that put a man in power whos less than polite. The people were pretty divided, but it seemed as is the overwhelming majority wanted to vote for the democratic party.  

The Aussies were shocked when the results came out to show a hairline victory by the Republican leader. I thought this fire meme summed-up their feelings pretty well. It’s a reference to the hit Netflix film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and it’s a still of a scene where the protagonist in the skit finds himself getting hung for the second time – not too far off from how we feel over here in the US. 

Brexit

The Brexit was (and still is) a huge fucking mess for everyone involved. It all started as a grasp as long-lost British nationalism and ended up being a bunch of racist Britts screwing themselves out of the largest multinational alliance known to the planet earth. But at least they’re free from Europeans? I don’t know. Those people are all on an Island, anyway. How much more isolated can you get? 

I thought this meme perfectly captured the Brexit’s true damage, while incorporating some classic shitty vine humor. God, I miss Vine.  

Anyways, this meme here pokes some fun at the UN, EU, and most of all – the league of nations. Could you also for any more?

Top 5 Funniest Political Bumper Stickers

Everyone loves a good bumper sticker. 

Okay, maybe not everyone. Granted, they can be pretty stupid, but some are actually clever enough to make you laugh, and those are the ones we enjoy seeing. What better way to display your humorous wit than with a political bumper sticker? Politics make for great jokes (just look at our president!), and if you don’t have a stick up your butt, even the ones about your party can be pretty hilarious. 

Voting is Like Driving a Car…

Voting is like driving a car, choose (R) to go backward, choose (D) to go forward 

What better way to express your political leaning than with this bumper sticker that directly references driving? This is probably the most clever bumper sticker you’ve seen that actually utilizes the act of driving to not only remind people of which position to use their gearshift but that Republicans have utterly backward ideology. 

May the Fetus You Save…

May the fetus you save be gay 

It seems that pro-lifers aren’t really so “pro-life” once you start talking about human rights for gay people, immigrants, and people of color. They aren’t too fond of saving the lives of fully grown humans who’re facing threats to their lives; they’re just concerned about the unborn ones. So how funny would it be that the seed-sized “person” they’re saving turns out to be everything they hate? Now, you could remind them how ridiculous they’re movement is with a flashy bumper sticker.

I Don’t Need Sex…

I don’t need sex, the government fucks me every day 

I’m sure we can all relate to this one. Democracy mixed with capitalism has proven to create some frustrating results that the people of this country have had to get fucked with daily. Every single person in this country can say that they feel the government has royally fucked them at some point, maybe even continuously, so this is the perfect bumper sticker to get a few honks! 

Land of the Free…

Land of the free, home of the world’s largest prison population 

Okay, this one’s probably the funniest out of the stack, and it really makes you think. The United States has the largest prison population of any other country in the world, but the media and our president would have you believe that foreign countries are evil and have horrible criminals that we shouldn’t let into our country. The way the U.S. likes to deal with minorities, clearly, is to lock them up in prison for grotesque amounts of time, not to mention the horrible conditions prisoners live in. 

Is That True?

Is that true, or did you hear it on FOX News? 

We all know by now that FOX News is entirely false, sensationalized Republican, conservative propaganda. Nearly everything said by its reporters has a spin on it that favors their party’s agenda, so most of the facts aren’t all of the details. Viewers of FOX News rarely take it upon themselves to research further, or consider the other side, so to remind them that what they hear on TV isn’t always true, slap this bumper sticker on your car and drive around town!

Most Unbelievable Political Statements

There are a number of famous political statements that come to mind when someone says “a slip of the tongue,” however, there are a few statements that aren’t a slip; they’re deliberate. The most famous of these statements usually come from the men and women of the Republican party. Big shocker, I know.

Some of these statements are flat out hilarious. But I won’t waste any more of your time discussing the reception of broad political statements and the figures behind them, so without further ado, let’s get into it.

Rick Santorum

“Many of the Christian faith have said, ‘Well, that’s okay. Contraception is okay.’ And it’s not. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

Oh boy. Where do I even start with this slam-dunk of an answer? I guess we should start by addressing the whole, “how things are supposed to be” part by saying this; no politician should ever discuss how “things are supposed to be.” It makes it sound like the country has already agreed on exactly what they want when, in reality, the American people have never been more divided on the issues at hand.

Also, who the fuck never told good ole’ Slick Rick here about how birth control works? Mama Santorum needs to have a word with this guy. No wonder this quote lost him the election.

Rick Perry

(In response to a question about climate change) “The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy in jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet to me is nonsense. I mean, and I told somebody, I said, just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said, ‘Here is the fact’…Galileo got outvoted for a spell.”

I don’t know what’s worse; telling everyone that climate change is fake, telling everyone that the scientists researching climate change are lying to us, comparing yourself to Galileo, or not realizing that Galileo was persecuted for defending science and the results it yields. Holy shit Rick, you really fucked the pooch on this one.

Yeah, anyways, he definitely lost this election. I mean, just shut up when you talk Rick. He could have stood up at that podium and make airplane noises with his mouth, and he would have received more votes than after this previous statement.

Todd Akin

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

I’m sorry, but what. What are you EVEN SAYING now, Todd? I mean, I get that talking about topics that you first heard about just moments before stepping on-stage, but this is just getting ridiculous now. I would love to hear what weird anatomically-false statements Todd Akin has to say about the female body. I seriously don’t think there is a single person with LESS experience with the female body than Todd “lady-killer” Akin over here.

Yeah, so it’s safe to say he lost this election without even looking it up. Sorry Todd, but this was one slip-up too many. You’re out of here.

Political Cartoons That Speak the Truth

Caricatures often fail to get the respect and recognition they deserve as a powerful art medium. There’s a reason the cartoon section in the newspaper was and still is, the most popular section of the entire paper. It’s why they still get printed and is the only content that has remained constant on newspapers. People still look forward to reading them every day because they never know what to expect and what social commentary will be made that they can laugh to. 

While political cartoons can be humorous, they also tell a truth that we need to pay attention to. Political cartoons have a history of marking critical events in the world’s history and using social criticism to tell a story. By looking at political cartoons throughout the years, one can piece together the events of things like the World Wars and make sense of what was going on at the time, and more importantly, how it affected people and made them feel. 

Here are some political cartoons that have that effect and speak volumes of truth and reason through humor.

“Join or Die”

Perhaps the most influential political cartoon of all time, at least in the western world, is the one that ignited a revolution. First published in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, Benjamin Franklin’s cartoon depicting a cut up snake with the abbreviations of each disjointed colony at the time next to each body piece. The point of Franklin’s cartoon, often referred to as America’s first political cartoon, was for the colonies to band together against French expansion and Native Americans. The cartoon was extremely popular and reprinted many times throughout the colonies and was later used as a symbol for the American Revolution.

“Tattooed Man”

Drawn by Bernhard Gillam, this cartoon shows 1884 Republican candidate James G. Blaine covered in tattoos of all his political sins. It was first printed in the satirical journal Puck and resulted in the election going in favor of the Democrats. The reason for this cartoon being notable is because of the fact that no other cartoon had as much influence and vogue over an election as “The Tattooed Man” by Blaine. It was received so well by the public that Gillam made an additional 20 more cartoon for the series, but made sure to clarify it was for satire purposes and not a personal attack.

“Don’t Waste Petrol. It Costs Lives.”

Printed in 1942 in The Daily Mirror, Philip Zec’s cartoon on the petrol industry caused havoc for the British government. At the time, the British government had raised the price on petrol, inspiring Zec to draw up a cartoon of a torpedoed sailor lying on a raft with oil smeared on his face, with the caption reading “Don’t waste petrol. It costs lives.”Winston Churchill interpreted the cartoon as the sailor’s life being sacrificed on the altar of the profits for the petrol industry. 

Printing this cartoon earned the paper a reprimand from the British government and Zec was investigated by MI5.

5 Tips To Successfully Dirty Talk

If you’re not one for words but hate being the quiet person in the bedroom when you’re feeling so many things you want to express. Obviously moaning is a positive sign but sometimes it’s important to take things a little further, especially if it will turn on your partner.

Next time you want to be vocal in the bed make sure you reference this list because you don’t want to make a complete fool out of yourself when this is actually supposed to be a bonus in bed.

1. Keep your voice low and quiet:

There’s no reason to scream or try to be sexy in a monotone voice because that’s not turning on anyone. It’s important to have a sexy whisper established before you start your sex talk so you can seduce them in a proper way. Maintain a mysterious and subtle approach when you initiate your dirty talking so you can slowly work your way into saying sexier and dirtier things.

2. Lean In Close:

Make sure you’re getting in as close as possible whether you’re right on their lips whispering in between kisses or softly into their ear. The closer you are the more intense the dirty talk will seem and feel as your words will create more sexual tension and list between you two. Whether it’s from behind, on top or above make sure you’re creating the moment more intimate by diminishing the distance between you two.

3. Say What’s On Your Mind:

If you’re incredibly turned on or want to remind your partner how attracted, you are to them just come out and say it, in the most sexiest way possible. Don’t be afraid of being judged or embarrassed to be vulnerable and honest with how you feel as I’m sure your lover will be flattered by your compliments.

4. Use All Of Your Senses:

Just because you’re talking doesn’t mean you don’t have to stop with all of your other senses, so make sure you’re touching and listening to your partner as well. Think of dirty talking as a bonus to all of the sexual pleasure you’re already feeling and another way to communicate other than your body. Don’t limit yourself to only partaking in one thing at a time when in reality you can make your partner feel great using all senses.

5. Be Descriptive:

If you’re trying to describe the sexual things you want to do at that moment make sure you’re not only teasing and using foreplay to add heat but saying things that will actually turn your partner on. Be as graphic as you want, as long as your partner is okay with it, so you can add to the rush of emotions you’re already feeling. Don’t say words that you don’t know the meaning of just to sound sexual or smart, instead do a little research on specific sexual wording so you can actually know what you’re talking about.

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Top 9 Funniest Political Cartoons of All Time

1. Police Violence

This cartoon actually ran in the ‘90s! It’s both funny and incredibly disturbing that it is still incredibly relevant today.

This was featured on the cover of The New Yorker in response to the increase in deaths by police shootings. This cartoon equates shooting as a game to the police especially by putting targets on the silhouette of a business man, child, and old lady.

2. Obama is a Terrorist

This cartoon earned The New Yorker a lot of criticism and even lead to people cancelling their subscriptions of the popular literary magazine. However, the artist and the magazine defended themselves by saying that the drawing was meant to satirize the perceptions held by people about the Obamas.

Though you have to admit it’s a funny cartoon, which features Michelle and Barak fist bumping in front of a fire fed by an American flag while clad in terrorist garb. The framed portrait of Osama really makes the image.

3. Climate Change Hoax

This must be one of my favorites. It features a man pointing to a screen with all the benefits of renewable and sustainable business, farming, and energy practices. A man n the audience stands up and objects to the whole thing (because it’s a hoax obviously) and asserts that it if it is false that we’d just be making the world better for nothing.

I mean common, this is gold.

4. Republicans vs Science

This toon comments on the GOP’s complete disregard for facts that have been proven by science. Everything from being gay to natural selection has been proven to be natural and valid time and time again, but those gosh darn republicans will be damned if they ever let their kid learn any sort of truth aside from their misinterpretations of the bible.

5. NSA/TSA

If you have ever traveled you will relate heavily to this cartoon.

The TSA is essentially bullshit. It has been proven that they can’t even detect half of the stuff that is deemed unlawful to bring into airports, much less onto planes.

A lot of people think that the increases in TSA restrictions are basically an excuse for the NSA to peak into what we got going on under our comfy travel clothes.

And hey, they probably aren’t wrong.

6. Unplanned Parenthood

Everything about this cartoon is hilarious. It’s not only a satire on the GOP’s policy on birth control, abortion, and planned parenthood but a total double whammy when it comes to the kind of people who identify with this party as well. Not to mention it condems the acts of senators who are a little more than liberal with where they stick their private parts. God forbid if they couldn’t get an abortion.

7. Mixed Nuts

I love this because it comments on how truly nuts those who believe Obama is not a U.S. Citizen really look. As much as you hate Obama, any sane person has to admit that they would look pretty stupid running around protesting Obama for not being a citizen.

Comic Book Lettering!

Lettering Comics is the BEST job! I set my own hours- I “play” on the computer for a living- I get to see my name published…

Unfortunately, the comic biz slumped off and it couldn’t be my sole means of financial support. The upside is that with my other “real” job, I get a steady paycheck and benefits AND I still get to letter comics part time.

Currently, I letter Deadbeats and Soulsearchers & Company for Claypool Comics.

**Not looking for any work!**

I also use my computer lettering skills to make the best lettered Political photo-cartoons on the ‘net. Check out on my stuff on my Political Strikes home page.

My past comic book credits include working on way too many titles for me to remember. Of the top of my head (Either as a one-time fill-in or as the regular letterer…) For MARVEL Comics: X-Men, Excalibur. DC Comics: Batman, Superman, Superboy, Catwoman, Wildcat, Teen Titans, Team Titans, Justice League, Aquaman, Star Trek, Flash, Impulse, and more. Others: Vampirella, Creepy, Harsh Realm, The Ray, Nightman, The Strangers, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and dozens more.

(A quck aside: If you got here by way of the article in Entertainment Weeky… Welcome. But to elaborate, as I stated above, I DON’T currently work for Marvel comics. I told E.W. that for Marvel, I did “a few comics only” not wanting anyone to think that I was overstating/misrepresenting myself. And I did give E.W. the URL that would’ve brought you straight here (http://www.politicalstrikes.com/comics.html and not my old URL index page). I guess something got lost in the translation or due to article space constraint. I hear that happens occasionally and that they are honest mistakes)

So just what is lettering?

Good question. It’s NOT quite writing… and It’s NOT quite drawing… It’s more the art of understated transcribing. I take the script and neatly write the words on the pencilled comic page (or use my personal computer lettering font and type it, balloon it and paste it up). Done well, a letterer can enhance the flow and read of the comic. Done poorly, it distracts from the artwork and the storyline. Below is an example of how I work. I use mostly computer lettering based upon my hand lettering font (Mainly ’cause it’s easier… I don’t letter enough to keep in practice to keep my hand lettering quality consistently high).

Here’s how I work. I get a script… 

To the right is a couple of panels of script calling for what the writer would like the artist to draw along with the dialogue.Each spoken line of the script is separated and numbered for clarity.Notice things that the editor emphasized for me to be aware…rewrites, boldfaced words, upper / lower case words, specialty lettering, etc. (The slashes between some words are my doing… to tell me when I should start a new line)

“Copy Placement” guidelines…

My editor also includes a copy placement page which is just a copy of the original pencilled page with hand-drawn, numbered balloons to tell me where to place the balloon, the general shape he’d like and where to aim the pointer.

I type it out using my fonts,

balloon it, and print it out…

On my computer, I type it up using a unique “comic book” font that is based on my personal hand lettering.I form the lines to the shape desired so it best fits in the panel. Then I use Adobe Illustrator to draw the balloons. (This is what I do for my political cartoons as well) The final result looks like the example at the left.I rearrange the balloons on the page so they all fit the size of an 8 1/2″ by 11″ sheet of label paper (we professionals call it sticky-back paper) and then print it out on my laser printer.I would be negligent if I didn’t mention Richard Starkings and the fine folks at Comicraft for all their help / fonts / advice / patience. Visit their website, be impressed, spend money.

Finally, I paste it up and add pointers…

I cut out the balloons and paste them up on the inked page. Then I white-out the area where I plan to hand draw the pointers. Lastly I draw the pointers to the appropriate character, do a little touch-up artwork if necessary and I’m done! Below is a progression of this from panel to panel.

Sound Effects? No problem.

Among the more interesting aspects of this job is to letter the book and not make it look boring to read.This is accomplished by “punching-up” the lettering in certain ways. Sound effects should be lettered so they look like they would sound. A common example is to make a “KerRash” of a window breaking to look all jagged but still legible.But my favorite example is the one at right where I got to letter a character throwing up and make it look like he WAS throwing up as he was speaking.(For this I went to college?)

Copy Heavy? I can make it work.

Also, being able to place a lot of copy in a panel without it overpowering or covering up important art is a good skill to have. 

Currently not looking for any work!( I hope you enjoyed your tour of how a comic book is lettered! )