Barack Obama was first sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2009, and, from that day to this, a battle for the soul of America has been waged. The half-decade since has been one of the most politically polarized periods in U.S. history as conservative talk radio hosts, Fox News commentators, secretive billionaire campaign financiers, the NRA, the tea party movement and right wing celebrities such as Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck have all tried to delegitimize the first non-white president of the United States.
It has been a strange era in which facts count far less than passionately expressed delusions. Amid all this dispiriting mendacity and hyperpartisanship, I have had the privilege of commenting about our curious times through my cartoons and columns. Not only has this allowed me to stay sane (though some of my more antagonistic readers would sharply disagree with that assessment), it has given me the chance to build a body of work that chronicles all the foolishness.
With all those cartoons...
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey is a political commentator for the Los Angeles Times.