South Carolina Wildfire

April 27, 2009 | Filed Under Editorial Cartoons 

South Carolina Wildfire

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21 Responses to “South Carolina Wildfire”

  1. kbfenner on April 27th, 2009 3:15 pm


  2. Jonathan on April 28th, 2009 9:22 am

    This is ridiculous. Although I think that if the Governor did take the stimulus money it would most certainly solve many problems short term. He is standing up for something that he feels strongly about which is a lot more than you can say for a lot of people these days.

  3. Lois C on April 28th, 2009 9:36 am

    I think this is highly distasteful, given the many folks here who have lost everything they own in the REAL fire. There’s nothing at all brilliant about laughing at their expense, no matter how one might feel about our governor.

  4. Stephanie on April 28th, 2009 10:27 am

    Not a great depiction of all that is going on and very disrepectful in regard to those in North Myrtle Beach.

  5. Ricki E on April 28th, 2009 10:38 am

    Not brilliant… isn’t a correct depiction at all!

  6. Fallon Goodson on April 28th, 2009 11:22 am

    First of all if this person would look at the great depression. He would understand that excessive spending and then increesed taxes were the things that made it the “great” depression. Our Officals in Washington are addvancing their causea at the expence of the ecconomy and the american people. It has also been proven that “spreeding the wealth” (socialism) has lowered the incentive of the people to work and earn money and lower the tax base. Government also has a poor history of managing their money. (the $200 tolet seat)

    Now lets talk about the several 100 families that have lost had damage to their homes in the Myrtle Beach wild fires. Do you think they think this is funny. They may even think you are making fun of their loses.

    Finally this cartoon implies that the Sanford did not make the manage the wild fire in Myrtle Beach I have not seen any news at all stating this.

    This person may be able to draw but he does not tell the truth.

  7. BJ on April 28th, 2009 1:43 pm

    This cartoon is in very poor taste.

    One has to wonder if the worship that takes place of those people who provide entertainment these days doesn’t make this “artist” think that it as acceptable to create such a work.

    There is no room for joking in regard to the people who lost their homes and the risk that the poeple of Myrtle Beach were exposed to, particularly our heroes who fight fires and serve and protect our communities.

  8. Rita B. on April 28th, 2009 2:17 pm

    This comparison of the two things is NOT funny! I don’t think our governor would ever stop the flow of anything that is REALLY needed!

  9. Betty & Harmon Graham on April 28th, 2009 3:48 pm

    We agree with Lois entirely. We can’t imagine making any kind of joke about the fires.

  10. Faye O on April 28th, 2009 4:01 pm

    This truly is distasteful.The majority of the USA has no clue when it comes to the goverment and what they are doing.Then to use something as tragic as the fires to throw mud at someone who is standing for what he and others in this state stand for is an outrage. It is very disrespectful to the people who have suffered loss at through all this.

  11. Julia on April 28th, 2009 4:48 pm

    I really believe whoever drew this needs to get on his or her knees and repent. Our Govenor has taken a stand to try to keep our children from having to pay back Trillions to Oboma’s administration. If you want to talk about wildfires, start praying for all who lost houses and pray for our Govenor to continue to be strong in his convictions.
    Better yet hit your knees and pray for the USA II Chron 7:14
    and the Peace of Jerusalem and Israel.

  12. Kevin on April 29th, 2009 8:58 am

    If you think you’re supposed to laugh at this cartoon, you’ve missed the point of it entirely. It isn’t meant to be funny. South Carolina needs that money, and Governor Sanford’s refusal to take the funds is not helping our economy. Sanford is taking the whole captain sinking with the ship thing a little too seriously, he intends to sink the ship while the people are still on it just for some petty display of being a “man of principle”. Not only is he literally standing on the one hose trying to put out the fire, but people are praising him for doing it. Amazing.

    By the way, the stimulus is already signed. Your kids will have to pay back the trillions of dollars even if Sanford doesn’t take the money. If paying off someone else’s loan makes fiscal sense to you, then I have a mortgage bill I’d love to split with you.

  13. kelly on April 30th, 2009 10:36 am

    I agree with Kevin. Our children are going to have to pay this money back regardless if the gov takes it or not. As far as the drawing making fun of those who have suffered from the fires in N. Myrtle Beach & surrounding areas, you miss the point entirely. All fire departments are going to have their funding cut if the gov does not take the money. Don’t worry, when your home is burning to the ground because your local fire department doesn’t have the funds to fight it, I’m sure the gov will put you up at his beach house.

  14. Robert Ariail on April 30th, 2009 4:29 pm

    Thanks to Kevin and Kelly for understanding the cartoon’s intent and message. It was not my intent to offend or make light of in any way the loss of homes and property in North Myrtle Beach. I used the fire as a metaphor for the devastation caused by unemployment in this recession.As terrible as this fire has been, there was no loss of life and ,so, I felt it was acceptable to use the metaphor.

    The point Kevin and Kelly make about all Americans ( South Carolinians, too ) having to pay back this excessive spending from the Obama administration is correct. If we’re going to have to pay it back anyway, we should take our share - besides, it will help thousands of teachers and state workers keep their jobs and lessen the recession’s impact in S.C.

    Fallon’s point about government spending causing the Great Depression is completely backwards. It was two years of Hoover doing virtually nothing ( letting the markets fix themselves )that helped the depression spiral out of control. And even FDR’s Keynesian spending and work programs didn’t have what was needed - it was the massive spending ramping up to and fighting WWII that ended the depression.

    One last observation : it seems to me that there is more politically correct outrage expressed by readers on the internet than with newspaper readers. Sure, I’ve gotten my share of angry letters to the editor in my days with The State, but there just seems to be way more of it in the on-line community. Perhaps it’s a lack of experience with and understanding of the historical role of incisive cartoons in the media.

  15. Phantom 1 on May 4th, 2009 9:51 am

    Ariail, well said!

    And to you hard right wingers who criticize this cartoon, Robert Ariail is an equal opportunity satirist. You Repubs have no problem whipping out your verbal switchblades at light speed when Robert pokes fun at the Obama administration, but let him turn his artist quill toward anything with a GOP flavor and you all turn Taliban-like.


    If you can’t handle political cartoons when they don’t go your way, then stay off the internet, stop reading newspapers, continue to take faith in your exalted leader Rush Limbaugh (a lot of good he did you with the 2008 McCain campaign); and then take your guns and stay hunkered down in church with round the clock prayers hoping satirist don’t take over the world.

    Good luck reshaping your image for 2010.

  16. John on May 11th, 2009 7:31 pm

    It’s a shame that so many people who have access to the modern technology of computers and the internet have no fundamental understanding of such ancient literary concepts as SATIRE and METAPHOR.
    I can only imagine that the negativity directed at this cartoon is the result of fear, bred in turn by ignorance.
    I find this one to be especially sharp and relevant, whether or not I agree with it’s summation.
    Those who would criticize such an image just ain’t getting it, and sadly, they probably fail to appreciate that this particular artist seems to have an unobstructed 360 degree perception which allows him to find irony in any sector of human/political interaction, regardless of party or dogma, and so illustrate it cleverly and with originality.
    I hold that we may disagree with the conclusion drawn (no pun …) by Mr. Ariail in any particular cartoon, but that to take offence at such is to align ourselves with certain intolerant sui/homicidal elements of the less-civilized world. I reference Danish political cartoons, here, for those aware.
    Kudos to the artist for always including God and the devil in the details.
    Would that we all had such a keen eye…

  17. Sally on May 14th, 2009 12:40 pm

    Great cartoon. No, it’s not funny, but neither is the fiscal situation here in SC. Gov. Sanford’s posturing is not helpful. Kudos to Ariail for for calling him on playing politics with the well-being of our state.

  18. Roger on May 15th, 2009 9:57 pm

    I found this well done. It had “bite” as good editorial satire should and was reflective of the political situation with the Governor. It also provoked commentary as good editorial cartoons do. I did not see this as making light of the seriousness of the situation in the Myrtle Beach area nor looking for humor at the expense of those in that area..

  19. Ani Rudh on June 28th, 2009 11:38 am

    I wonder what all those republicans who came here to say “not brilliant” a month ago, would say now!!!! Do you guys really want the truth?

  20. Chip Moore on July 20th, 2010 10:57 pm

    Congratulations on the “disrespectful”, “in poor taste”, “not funny”, etc comments. Keep it coming.

    Chip Moore

  21. Dr. Erik Goluboff MD on February 26th, 2015 1:09 am

    Dr. Erik Goluboff MD…

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