Franklin We Need You Now!

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.



Like Charlie, he’s close to his grandfather and, like Linus, he quotes the Old Testament. His father was in Vietnam and, most of all, Franklin has a good heart. Nowhere was that more evident than in a 1969 strip in which Peppermint Patty cries because of shoes she’s required to wear to school. Franklin says, “All I know is any rule that makes a little girl cry has to be a bad rule.”


19 thoughts on “Franklin We Need You Now!

  1. Thank you for this one, Roger! So much more wisdom, it seems, in Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes and a few more than there is in the ‘real’ world these days. This one was perfect for the present time. 😥

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  2. I’ve always known, based on my efforts on behalf of America’s Third World oppressed and victims, that ‘democratic’ America was a complete travesty, but even so, this latest violation of basic human rights attacking children (!) leaves me appalled, not that it’s happening, but that most Americans aren’t already up in arms and marching to lynch that gang of thugs in the White House. I guess this new low explains why “we the people” have done little or nothing over the years of known American brutality and human rights violation since the inception of that so-called country. Now we wait for the end.

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    1. This is the topical & visible part of the world-wide iceberg Sha’Tara.
      South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Democratic (ha!) Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Libya, Mediterranean Refuge Crisis, Populist Regimes in Europe, Myanmar, Iraq to name but a few…


      1. “The” problem, as I see it Roger, is that we, as a people, never took the time to study the ramifications of “running” a full-fledged democracy anywhere. We gave it lip service inasmuch as it served our own selfish desires, or purposes, but we never settled down to the real hard task of defining and “legalizing” a true democracy, not anywhere. But could we have done so? I think not, based on, again, my observation of the Earthian human and its nature. We exist collectively but we are not truly collaborative. We form collectives to further our own selfish desires, or those of our particular society but we seldom consider the costs we thus pass on to those not of our “in” group. Democracy and the competitive nature cannot coexist. So we have existed in, and spread the concept of, democracy as a chimera. It always was a political system that sided with the more powerful. Eventually, as we are experiencing, our hypocrisy has exploded in our faces and we must face the fact that we never had democracy; we had the fakery thereof. So the question for us, or more likely for the next generation is, now what? A new age of barbarism as Hugh Curtler concludes? Do we possess the wherewithal to do better than that? It is generally believed that an individual cannot change her/his nature, as in, ‘a leopard cannot change its spots’ but I know different because I have done it. We can change, not just incrementally to fit a certain passage, but completely. That was the idea behind the concept of being “born again” but that need not be just a religious ritual. There is reality and power in that concept. Oh my, this was going to be a short comment…

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  3. Roger, pertinent and concise. We could better address many of our challenges if we treated our women and girls as equals to men and boys. Areas that do not are being shameful, but also are competing in a world with only half their intellectual capital. Keith

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      1. Roger, if you have not read this book, take a look at “Half the Sky,” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It is based on a Chinese proverb that women hold up half the sky and describes the maltreatment of women and girls around the world. It is the hardest book I have ever read given the subject. Keith

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