September 14, 2004

Election Comics

David Horsey is a regular cartoonist for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and starting a bit ago, he wrapped our current political happenings in a toga and set them in ancient Rome. I've copied over the text intros below, but do click through to the comics which are large and in several panels. And now, for your reading pleasure, Empire Rising: A Satirical History...

Part 1: In the days of the consul Bilious Clintonius, the Roman Republic was at peace and awash in wealth from the Valley of Siliconia.

But not all were content.

The Bacchanalian revels of Clintonius appalled the high priests. Many senators were suspicious of his scheming wife, Hillaria, and disdainful of his chosen successor, Gorian the Stiff.

As the time approached for the Senate to choose a new consul, the foes of Clintonius searched for a man to oppose Gorian and recapture power for the wealthy families of Rome...

Part 2: Last week's history told how Dubbia the Incoherent, son of Bushius the Elder, became consul of the Roman Republic.

Glad to see the departure of the old consul, Bilious Clintonius, the rich families of Rome raised up the verbally challenged Dubbia to be their candidate. A split vote in the Senate and a curious ruling by the Supreme Soothsayers gave Dubbia victory over Gorian the Stiff. As the economy faltered, Dubbia’s position seemed tenuous. But, after a quick, successful war with the terrorist Talibanians, the new consul began to gain respect.

Now, Dubbia and his advisers have turned their gaze to another enemy -- the wicked king of the Saddamites — and a risky war that might make or break Dubbia's political career ...

Part 3: We return now to the fabled days of the Roman Republic ...

Dubbia the Incoherent, Consul of Rome, sent his legions east and claimed a great victory over the Saddamites. But that moment of triumph was followed by a year of struggle against vicious rebels who continued to attack the Roman occupiers. At home, critics charged that Dubbia's counselors lusted for empire and had trumped up excuses to justify the war.

And now, there was a rival -- Senator Kerriolanus -- ready to challenge Dubbia for the right to rule in Rome.

In that troubled hour, Dubbia sought solace in his religion. From one deity in particular he looked for aid and wisdom -- a former consul so beloved by the people that they made him a god: Gipperius ...

Part 4: As the time approached for the Senate to elect a new consul to rule the Roman Republic, the incumbent, Dubbia the Incoherent, had a big problem. His trumped-up war against the Saddamites was dragging on and on. Rather than "mission accomplished," it was becoming mission impossible.

In Rome, Dubbia was confronted by adversaries on all sides -- even among once-loyal advisers who now were telling the world the consul had made idiotic and dangerous mistakes. In desperation, Dubbia sought guidance from the gods. After praying in the Temple of Gipperius, he came away with a new resolve: He'd get his enemies before they got him ...

[Note: Single page poster versions of these can be downloaded from the P-I site, and allegedly, the series will be continued.]

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