Political Cartoon 1: I Voted for Eli

One of the things that has caught our attention here in Blurb Nation are political cartoons.  That probably makes sense, doesn’t it?  After all, we study current events all the time—-and political cartoons typically comment on current events. 

Here’s a cartoon we studied recently and the conversation that we had about it on Voicethread.  Be sure to leave us a comment and challenge our thinking:

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Big Bird: 

In " I voted for Eli" I think that the author of this cartoon thinks  America is not a mature -enough country to be able to vote for the MOST  important people for our govermental reasons. Do you think America is mature enough to vote for a leader?

Darth Tater: 

Big Bird thought this cartoon meant that Americans aren’t mature enough to select a new leader. 

Interesting thoughts, Bird.  I was wondering whether or not it meant that Americans were more interested in sports—and sports heroes—than they were in politicians and the future leaders of our country. 

After all, 95 million people watched the Super Bowl.  How many do you think watched Super Tuesday?

Do you think Americans have given up on politics and politicians?

Batman:

Big Bird, you asked:
Do you think America is mature enough to vote for a leader?

I thnk that America is  mature enough to vote because America voted for the best candidate 43 or 44 times!

-The Batman(The Joker)

Uncle Sam:

Batman wrote:
I thnk that America is  mature enough to vote because America voted for the best candidate 43 or 44 times!

So here’s an interesting question, then:  What makes someone the "best candidate?"

Is that an opinion word that we’ll never be able to come to any agreement over—or are there some traits that every good leader just has to have?

Dance 4 Life:

I don’t think America has given up on our leaders and politics.  Some people really don’t care becuase they are lazy but some people do and we haven’t been ignoring it.  There has been a lot of articles about it.  A lot of Americans do care about football but don’t you think they could pay attention to both?  Do you think Americans have become lazy?

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4 Responses to Political Cartoon 1: I Voted for Eli

  1. whatchamacallit says:

    What does this cartoon explain or make fun of? What current event is it about?
    What the batman says or the joker says I agree with. What if, though, America wasn’t “mature” enough to vote for a leader?

  2. i do agree with the whole ‘not mature’ enough scene here, because when my mom usually votes she’s not all chipper and telling everyone your vote like its nothing, because it’s something serious.
    Did anyone notice that everyone looked kind- of little kiddish with big goofy smiles on their faces and the little bouncey lines given off by the guy who says EU Manning?
    What do you all think it means????
    —belgiian wafffle

  3. FudgeMunkey says:

    I think America can care about sports abnd politics at the same time maybe some people like sports better and maybe some people like politics better. It depends on the tpe of person besides if we did not care about politics then how did we get are president?

  4. killerchicken says:

    I don’t think it means any thing because it is a cartoon and that is what a cartoon is ment to look like. If any one thinks different make a comment it would be cool to see what other people think.

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