Ben Garrison

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Some dare call it
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What THEY don't want
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Ben Garrison draws thought provoking, "politically incorrect" cartoons
—Ben Garrison[1]
Hopefully you're starting to see why conservative comedy is hard, if not impossible. Like every time you're mocking things from the dumb side, Ben Garrison's comedy options were limited to calling everyone a liar, arguing how evil things are fine, or meekly insulting the other guys. None of those are very funny, and the best-case scenario is that they distract your audience from the premise of your own joke. I don't think there's a saying about how all great comics are unquestioning of their great leader, but if there was, Ben would make it his Twitter bio.
—Sean Patrick Reiley, Cracked[2]

Ben Labelson Garrison is an American editorial cartoonist from Montana whose stated goal is "to help raise awareness of the drift toward tyranny".[3] He is a self-described libertarian, although his cartoons tend to contain a strong paleoconservative and alt-right streak as well. While his work demonstrates numerous conspiracy theories and much pseudoscience, it also reveals that he is a very skilled and talented illustrator; his comics are commonly featured on far-right websites.[4]

Since 2018, his wife Tina has occasionally also been drawing cartoons with a "TinaToon" signature. One of her comics was retweeted by Donald Trump.[5]

Politics[edit]

In keeping with his vulgar libertarian ideals, of the 2016 United States presidential candidates (on the right, of course), he has said that Rand Paul was the "perfect candidate",[6] although since Paul's departure, Garrison has expressed support for Donald Trump.

As with all political cartoonists, it is very easy to tell whom Garrison is sympathetic towards in his cartoons, as they will likely be the only ones who aren't drawn really really ugly. Donald Trump in particular is unsurprisingly depicted very positively — bold, handsome, even bulky — in many of his illustrations.[7][8][9]

His cartoons lack any sort of subtlety, exemplified by the excessive labeling.

Spend any time on some of the internet's more devoted pro-Trump sites and you'll likely come across one of Ben Garrison's cartoons. Instead of using his artwork to mock the president, he frequently depicts Trump as a young, muscular, all-American hero, standing up to the Deep State swamp monster or slaying the dragon of Political Correctness. Other prominent far-right figures also feature, including Milo Yiannopoulos, who is drawn in one cartoon as a suited JFK lookalike. Meanwhile "SJWs" — internet slang used to refer to liberal activists, or "social justice warriors" — are blue-haired and shrill.[4]

In short, he is a fervent Trump supporter.[10]

Gallery of crankery[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Crank

In his cartoons and on his blog, Garrison has expressed strong opposition to Islam,[11] political correctness,[12] social justice warriors,[13] neoconservatism, gun control,[14] and the Federal Reserve;[15] basically, enough to give three in a row on any given crank magnetism bingo card.

Anti-vaccination movement[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Anti-vaccination movement

This cartoon is based on the ancient Greek legend of Pandora. She opened the box (actually it was a large jar) out of innocent curiosity and hope. Instead of hope, evil was released and it had long-lasting effect. That about sums up the current situation with Big Pharma with their endless vaccinations and concoctions designed to make them ever-more money.

I'm not anti-science and vaccinations have been a great benefit to mankind. (Yeah, I know that last word is not PC—too bad). Inoculations have prevented a lot of death and suffering. Like anything, though, it can be and has been abused. Babies are now treated as pin cushions. They receive up to nearly a dozen vaccinations well before their own immune systems can develop. Autism has gone up astronomically as a result. A search engine query produced this:

If you follow the CDC's recommended vaccination schedule, your child will receive 49 doses of 14 vaccines by the time he/she is 6 years of age. And by the age of 18, the CDC recommends that children should have gotten 69 doses of 16 vaccines.

Big Pharma employs lobbyists and operatives to make sure doctors push new drugs in return for kickbacks. Recently South Korea fine[d] Novartis $50 million for such practices. (Novartis denies that it's their policy). It boils down to money. Pushing drugs is profitable for big Pharma. They are tied in with the globalists. Therefore, natural cures are suppressed. Now they want to 'control and regulate' supplements.[18]

Oh, and as for the GMOs? Well, we either trust 107 Nobel Laureates, or Alex Jones and his chiropractic "doctor" Bohdi Radbod.

Climate change denialism[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Global warming
Climate change denialism
Oh boy, we've got a live one here.
Yeah okay, there's probably no getting through to Ben on climate.

One thing I don’t like about true believers is they like to set up extreme negatives for those who disbelieve. Whistleblowers who don’t go along with statism are called ‘traitors’ and threatened with imprisonment. Don’t believe in war? You’re unpatriotic. Don’t agree with Obama? You’re racist. Don’t agree with Hillary? You’re sexist. Don’t believe in global warming, er, climate change? Your intelligence is questioned and your character impugned. You get called a stupid racist redneck or a planet hater. Some statists have even called ‘climate deniers’ to be imprisoned.

The climate change argument will not go away any time soon. Even though the ice caps at the poles is growing. Even though the sun is the primary driver of climate, it gets ignored. Why? Because those running the show at the top want us to pay a carbon tax for breathing. Who benefits from carbon taxes? Al Gore, of course.

The mansion-dwelling fossil fuel swilling, carnival barking huckster Gore has teamed up with former Goldman Sachs man, David Blood (Blood and Gore) to make billions of bucks in ‘green’ companies. He has a vested interest to push the global warming/climate change agenda no matter what. Scientists are bought off. Data are distorted. Meanwhile, the biggest threat to the planet, Fukushima, is completely ignored. If Gore truly cared about the Earth, wouldn’t he be raising awareness of Fukushima? No. Why not? There’s no money in it for him.

Like most carnival barkers, he [Al Gore] preys on the gullible. "Step right up! Give your money to me to help save the planet!" Too many people buy into the scam because the mainstream media and Hollywood personalities have been loudly beating the climate drum for many years. They throw around the word 'science' as proof without questioning the data.

Recently the creator of the 'hockey stick' climate graph, Michael Mann, was held in contempt of court for withholding his so-called scientific evidence. Why wouldn't he show his data? Because it would prove it's all a fraud, that's why. The globalists have purchased the best scientists money can by. The data is skewed to fit what the buyers want.[19]

Basically Gore's Law in action with a dash of red-baiting for good measure. For an in-depth look into Gore's flawed "Ice Free by 2014" claim and why its veracity is irrelevant to the existence/importance of climate change, see the analysis by Snopes.[20] In line with most global warming denialists, Garrison also portrays the hockey-stick graph as fraudulent, likely in reference to Ross McKitrick and Steve McIntyre's multiple attempts at discrediting it. These, of course, have all been thoroughly debunked.[21]

Much like Stefan Molyneux, Garrison's hardcore libertarianism lends him to believing that most forms of taxation and government intervention is a precursor to socialism. He believes that climate change is being used to perpetuate "worldwide communism"[22], and regularly blames the sun[23] in order to avoid being labeled a denier.

For some strange reason, Ben has also come to think that the Fukushima nuclear meltdown is actually man's greatest ecological challenge,[24] despite timely cleanup and generally good forecasts for the area in light of the event.[25]

Censored[edit]

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On the request of alt-right twitter personality Mike Cernovich, Garrison made a cartoon portraying George Soros as a puppet of the Rothschild banking family, resorting to the old anti-Semitic canard of Jews as the puppet-masters behind world events.[26]

Vegas massacre[edit]

See the main article on this topic: 2017 Las Vegas shooting
Crooked Hitlery and super hawt Trump.

"Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get."Hillary Clinton

This was Hillary's ignorant and insensitive reaction to the massacre in Las Vegas. She immediately began banging her gun control drum while attacking the NRA, which had nothing to do with it.

The Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, (aside from the 700 killed in Chicago in 2016). Many questions remain. Why did the shooter suddenly snap? He was peacefully retired and well-off. He was a hard core gambler and often won. He had no military experience and knew nothing about such weapons. He gave no sign or reasons for the shooting.

Some witnesses claim there were multiple shooters. Why were there so many weapons in his room? He couldn't possibly use them all. Did he convert to Islam recently? It seems unlikely. That religion instructs jihadis to go out in a blaze of glory, not commit suicide. We will get the answers over time—or not.

Despite Garrison's claim, gun control is relevant to the massacre because … the shooter had a gun. Making it harder for people to have guns makes it harder for massacres to happen. Instead of actually refuting Hillary's argument, he dismisses her comments as ignorant and moves on. Ironically, the NRA pushed for gun regulations for bump-stock devices after the massacre:[27]

The National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.

Also, the 762 murders in Chicago in 2016 were individual cases,[28] not from a single mass murderer as was the case for Las Vegas, so this is a non sequitur.

Not an argument[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Not an argument
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Commission for host Stefan Molyneux, topics range from philosophy to economics to art to how to achieve real freedom in the modern world. Passionate, articulate, funny and irreverent, Freedomain Radio shines a bold light on old topics – and invents a few new ones to boot!

The comic supports Stefan Molyneux's signature informal fallacy, not an argument. It also refers to Molyneux's widely shared "Untruth About Donald Trump" series produced during the 2016 US presidential election, which despite Garrison's cartoon made questionable use of "logic", "reason", and "evidence".

Islamophobia[edit]

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Ben Garrison asserts that political correctness is ruining America because we are allowing Muslims in our country.

Political correctness is a modern American scourge.

Even in the face of mass murder, pearl clutching Leftists such as Chuck Schumer feel compelled to lecture us about the virtues and necessity of allowing into our country an endless chain of young Muslim men.

They mostly originate from troubled, war-torn countries. Common sense suggests we should at least carefully check out those who may be determined to come to America to commit acts of terrorism, but the politically correct are more concerned with virtue signaling. They can’t even bring themselves to call the murderers "Muslim," because they’re so afraid of being called "Islamophobic." Jake Tapper even called the cry, "Allahu Akbar" a beautiful phrase, even though it’s often uttered by Muslim terrorists as they commit their heinous acts.

Apparently Islam is above criticism now. Obama (probably a Muslim himself) began forcing it upon our country and now we increasingly need to change American culture to favor the religion of Muhammad. Muslims will soon outnumber Jews in this country. Will Sharia Law replace the Constitution? If that happens, we may as well toss a burka over the Statue of Liberty.

Political correctness is also responsible for our statues being torn down and patriots being labeled "nationalists."[29]

Garrison clearly sees Muslims as a threat to good ol' America. Garrison would prefer that nationalists be called "patriots".

Hillary Clinton[edit]

Pizzagate[edit]

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Easily the dumbest crap that Ben seriously believes in is the Pizzagate conspiracy theory[30], and Satanism permeating the federal government to a great extent.

A while back I drew Hillary kissing the ring of the Devil just before making her convention acceptance speech. It turned out to be a prophetic cartoon.

What has been revealed now is something right out of “Eyes Wide Shut.” Americans have had their eyes shut for too long. Some on the left will proudly proclaim “I’m with her!” no matter what—they are a lost cause. They will not let facts filter through their hermetically sealed echo chambers. Podesta emails reveal rituals so disgusting that I will not repeat them here. The details can readily be found on search engines.

These people are evil. They engage in Satanic practices in order to gain dominance. They want power over the populace and they have succeeded. It’s now time to expose these monsters. The Clintons are connected to a massive child trafficking and pedophile sex ring. Both Hillary and Bill made many trips to Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Pedophile Island.’

No wonder the Clintons have put vast sums of money into banks in the mideast. They have their escape hatches ready.

LOCK HER UP!

Ben has further stated his belief in federal Satanism and pedophile rings, writing in another cartoon's description: "...We are now enduring rampant lies, graft, plunder, pedophilia and satanism at the highest levels of government. And of course, we have endless war."[31] One might also spot John Podesta in a couple other of Ben's 'toons, either sitting atop a slice of pizza titled "Spirit Cooking" or as an octopus ensnaring little children.

Marijuana[edit]

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A comic that was supposed to be about marijuana legalization somehow has a description that hates on Hillary Clinton:[32]

Those who have followed my cartoons for a while have probably come to this conclusion: Ben Garrison loathes Hillary Clinton.

That conclusion is correct. I’ve despised Hillary for decades, starting with Whitewater, Cattlegate, Filegate, Travelgate and a myriad of other scandals carried out by her and Bill, her ersatz husband.

As a young attorney investigating Watergate, Hillary was fired after being exposed as a liar.

Maybe that unmasking inspired her to create her own ‘gates.’ She was never prosecuted for any of her corruption through the years, and that probably encouraged her still further. She pushed her bayonet through multiple envelopes. She was a huge fan of Saul Alinsky, a so-called ‘radical.’ Another communist, er, radical named Lenin, told his followers to push the bayonet through the mush until steel was encountered. That tactic was used by Hillary and she encountered a lot of mush. She pushed her corruption as far as it could go until the point where she must consider herself above the law.

Our fingers are crossed that Jeff Sessions will reopen investigations over Hillary Clinton’s illegal server, the classified emails that showed up on Huma’s laptop, the destruction of evidence, the campaign money laundering, the corrupt Clinton Foundation, Benghazi, the Uranium One scandal, …shall I go on?

She needs to be investigated, prosecuted and LOCKED UP!

But it never happens. Our Attorney General, Sessions, has recused himself from investigating her crimes. Instead, he’s going after marijuana.

The so-called ‘war on drugs’ has been a monumental flop. It’s a waste of lives, resources, energy and time. Have you learned nothing from prohibition, Jefferson Sessions? I realize President Trump was elected to enforce the rule of law. We want illegal aliens kicked out of the country, for example. Obama certainly didn’t enforce that law.

But marijuana? Leave that up to the states to decide!

Free speech[edit]

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In this comic, Garrison compares far-right "conservatives" being banned from social media platforms to segregation. Garrison claims Sabo was banned from Twitter because of globalists:[33]

Earlier this week the conservative LA street artist, Sabo, had his Twitter account banned permanently.

He was offered no reason for the shutdown, but by now the reason has become all too obvious. Social media is controlled by the globalist left and they want to control what people see and think. Shutting down conservatives is part of their agenda. Milo Yiannopoulos was one of the first to be banned. His offense? He made fun of a black actress for her performance in a ‘Ghostbusters’ remake. Someone’s feelings were hurt? Anything interpreted by the left as ‘offensive’ is enough reason for the left to silence conservatives.

A few years ago Charles “Chuck” Johnson, who operates ‘WeSearchr’ with Pax Dickinson, told me it would be a matter of time before my Twitter account was shut down just like his was. I don’t consider myself to be part of the ‘alt right,’ but that doesn’t matter. The left has lumped me in with them anyway. The Deep State left calls the shots. They don’t give two shakes about the First Amendment.

We once reached 500,000 people with a single new cartoon posted on FaceBook. Now we’re lucky to reach a few thousand. On Twitter, I have been shadow banned. We have over 126,000 Twitter followers. We all know what has been happening on YouTube. Conservative voices such as Mike Adams have been shut down for no reason. The globalists are losing the argument and so they’re unceremoniously pulling the rights’ plug. Get New Cartoons and Exclusive Deals

The latest tactic by the Soros-funded left? Starting lawsuits against those with whom they disagree. Alex Jones has millions of followers and so they’re attempting to shut him up by legal means. His crime? There was no crime. Alex Jones merely questioned some aspects of the Sandy Hook massacre. He didn’t deny children were killed; he only questioned the ‘official’ story. No matter, they are trying to silence him over hurt feelings. We must be able to question such events because false flags abound. Hurt feelings are no reason to silence citizen journalists on the right.

Those who made videos questioning the veracity of the ‘official’ Sandy Hook narrative have already been kicked off of YouTube. From the very beginning, James Tracy questioned the weird anomalies that didn’t add up. He was promptly fired from his tenured professorship at Florida Atlantic University. Just for questioning it he lost his job. (The university used some other technicality). His home was burglarized. His video and computer equipment were stolen.

Garrison doesn't understand what free speech means and blames conservative silencing on a deep state conspiracy:

No matter how popular they are, conservatives are getting demonetarized and banned from You Tube.[sic] Why does the left want Chinese style censorship? It is obvious they love communism and control. They demand tyranny and censorship.

I talked with an elderly woman the other day and she mentioned Walter Cronkite and what a great anchorman he was. It was my sad duty to inform her that he was a far-left globalist who prided himself as being at the right hand of Satan. He loved the U.N. and collectivist causes. He conducted ceremonies at the Bohemian Grove. Oh—but he looked like such a nice man! He sounded so credible and grandfatherly! Thus making him a perfect spokesman for the Deep State. Times have changed and people are waking up. Thanks to the Internet we can find the truth. That’s why the Deep State is now banning and burying conservative voices.

4chan[edit]

See the main article on this topic: 4chan

Garrison has been the target of a sustained smear campaign[34][better source needed] by members of 4chan, who have photoshopped many of his cartoons to combine them with strongly xenophobic, anti-semitic, and racist cartoons, most of which are culled from National Alliance newsletters published in the 1980s, specifically A. Wyatt Mann cartoons, which often feature grotesque caricatures of Jews, gays, and racial minorities. These fake Ben Garrison works still contain Garrison's signature, however — thus falsely giving the impression that he holds these views. He may be a crazy right-winger, but he isn't a Nazi or an overt race warrior of the 4chan kind.[35]

Despite this, he seems to have reconciled with 4chan's troll hordes. His more recent cartoons have taken a decidedly alt-right friendly, racial and Islamophobic turn, often portraying Middle Easterners as murderers ready to destroy European culture,[36][37][38][39] including a cartoon alleging an evil plot by Angela Merkel to replace Europe with foreign countries and implement Sharia Law. It seems as long as you limit your bigotry to Muslims, your image will be totally cleared.

Prevalence[edit]

Garrison's comics have been shared by the following people and places on the Internet

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. https://grrrgraphics.com/
  2. http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-awful-but-revealing-examples-conservative-comedy/
  3. About us | GrrrGraphics
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 https://thinkprogress.org/ben-garrison-right-wing-904fe8d57f9c/
  5. https://grrrgraphics.com/catch-the-red-wave-2018/
  6. Ben Garrison: Political Cartoons Open A Dialogue On The Real Truth | The Alex Jones Channel
  7. https://grrrgraphics.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/trump-van-helsing-pulling-back-the-establishment-curtain/
  8. https://grrrgraphics.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/the-basketball-ring-trumps-slam-dunk-new-cartoon/
  9. https://grrrgraphics.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/the-trump-tamers-new-ben-garrison-cartoon/
  10. Edroso, Roy (28 November 2016). "A Return to Normalization: Rightbloggers Help Numb the Nation to Trump". http://www.villagevoice.com/news/a-return-to-normalization-rightbloggers-help-numb-the-nation-to-trump-9397446. 
  11. https://grrrgraphics.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/of-like-minds/
  12. https://grrrgraphics.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/a-thin-skinned-minority-is-ruining-this-nation/
  13. https://grrrgraphics.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/attack-of-the-cry-bullies-new-ben-garrison-cartoon/
  14. https://grrrgraphics.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/new-cartoon-bad-medicine/
  15. https://grrrgraphics.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/lifting-rates-new-cartoon/
  16. https://www.snopes.com/bill-gates-vaccinations-depopulation/
  17. "Citizen Cattle"
  18. https://grrrgraphics.com/pandoras-needle/
  19. https://grrrgraphics.com/al-gores-climate-change-express/
  20. Did Al Gore Predict That The Ice Caps Will Melt by 2014? In the late 2000s, the former U.S. Vice President sometimes inaccurately represented studies that predicted the timeline for an ice-free Arctic. by Alex Kasprak (17 April 2017) Snopes.
  21. https://history.aip.org/history/climate/20ctrend.htm#N_48_
  22. https://grrrgraphics.com/g20-memories-firm-handshake/
  23. https://grrrgraphics.com/change-in-the-weather/
  24. https://grrrgraphics.com/the-new-four-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse/
  25. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/world/asia/japan-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-children.html
  26. Anti-Semitism Used in Attack Against National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster Anti-Defamation League. August 3, 2017.
  27. https://www.yahoo.com/news/powerful-u-gun-lobby-calls-more-regulation-vegas-184705026.html
  28. Chicago's 762 homicides in 2016 is highest in 19 years by Azadeh Ansari and Rosa Flores (Updated 5:20 PM ET, Mon January 2, 2017) CNN.
  29. Not in the USA. Grrr Graphics.
  30. https://grrrgraphics.com/hillarys-spirit-cooking-stronger-together/
  31. https://grrrgraphics.com/july-4-2017-holding-back-liberty/
  32. https://grrrgraphics.com/sessions-garden/
  33. https://grrrgraphics.com/sessions-garden/
  34. http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/958262-ben-garrison
  35. https://thenib.com/the-internet-s-most-trolled-cartoonist-91a92d9b7585
  36. https://grrrgraphics.com/shariabucks-coffee/
  37. https://grrrgraphics.com/grab-em-by-the-money/
  38. https://grrrgraphics.com/johnny-allah-seed/
  39. https://grrrgraphics.com/the-radical-islam-pendulum/