No political or social system is perfect in its actualization; no method of organizing society will ever make everyone happy. And that's not even covering corruption. Sometimes the most appropriate course of action in discussing our frustration with politics is the use of humor — an often powerful way to draw in an audience is by poking fun of the thing you're criticizing. If you're clever enough, you might keep that audience and raise some fellow citizens from apathy to action. Or, we can all just get a giggle here and there during our mutual hand-basket-to-hell ride.
From the acerbically sarcastic to the plead-for-sense sensibilities, political cartoons serve as a record of where we are and, looking back, where we've been. On Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m., Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Ave.) will present "Framing the Issues: A Look at Political Cartoons," a discussion by author Dr. Elaine Miller, on editorial cartoons as artistic and cultural expression. The event is free to attend, but registration is required: call 784-5300 or stop by the Reference Center.