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140th Edition
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“The Brains” by Thomas Nast, 1871.
Albert Boime argues that: As a political cartoonist, Thomas Nast wielded more influence than any other artist of the 19th century. He not only enthralled a vast audience with boldness and wit, but swayed it time and again to his personal position on the strength of his visual imagination. Both Lincoln and Grant acknowledged his effectiveness in their behalf, and as a crusading civil reformer he helped destroy the corrupt Tweed Ring that swindled New York City of millions of dollars. Indeed, his impact on American public life was formidable enough to profoundly affect the outcome of every presidential election during the period 1864 to 1884.  Albert Boime, "Thomas Nast and French Art," American Art Journal (1972) 4#1 pp. 43-65
Oh don’t we wish we were as influential in Schoharie County as Nast was in the 19th century. Our photo-shopped images over the past few years are cornball, hopefully funny, but bush league. Nevertheless, the message is that corruption in all of its forms never disappears. Governor Cuomo has been caught with his pants down. Days before his close compatriots were indicted on charges of extortion and soliciting bribes he proposed ethics reform that would require all elected officials, including our local politicians, to disclose their income. Now this is funny. You can’t make this stuff up. Does anybody really think that our local elected officials who are operating on the margins with their hand out are going to report their misbegotten gains? Cuomo, when he loses the election in 2018, should be given a late night comedy show; after-all, he is a Democrat. The presidential election proved there are no Republican comedians.
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