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Auchter's Art: Another audit?

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John Auchter
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Michigan Radio

I'm sometimes asked what my motivations are for drawing editorial cartoons. Am I trying to convince readers to agree with my point of view? Evangelize? Score points? And the answer is, no ... mostly.

I mean, there is always a small slice of ego that longs to be validated, right? The idea that people read my cartoons and say, "You know, before seeing this I held the exact opposite view, but now that my eyes have been opened by this man's scathingly brilliant observations, I have come to complete agreement! Also, my sides have split with laughter."

No, in reality it is something much less ambitious. More often than not, I'm simply expressing a thought and hoping to spark further thought. No winning or losing an argument. No promoting a particular ideology. And certainly no converting.

I'm sharing this with you this particular week because I really don't have anything to add to the cartoon itself. I'm incredulous that anybody would think that an additional audit of the 2020 election here in Michigan would be a good idea (especially by a private firm). And I'm equally incredulous that anybody would think that a 9/11-style commission on the events of January 6 would be a bad idea. I hope that makes you think about that, too.

John Auchter is a freelance political cartoonist. His views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Michigan Radio, its management, or its license holder, the University of Michigan.

Since 1995 John has created Michigan-based editorial cartoons for the Grand Rapids Business Journal, the Grand Rapids Press, and MLive Newspapers. His cartoons are currently featured at MichiganRadio.org and are syndicated to newspapers through the Michigan Press Association. John is an active member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. You can view an archive of his editorial work and other cartoons at Auchtoon.com.
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