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The Carousel of Craziness: A Satirical Look at 2023

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Melvin P. Atwater here and you’re not gonna believe the big old Bag of BS I have for you today!
I’m sure a few of you will call BS on it, but it’s on the internet so it must be real! Quantum Universe and all, you know. Maybe not here and maybe not now, but somewhere, somehow.
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Melvin P. Atwater

Ah, 2023, a year that could only be described as a carousel of craziness. A Chinese spy balloon casually floating across the country, Kevin McCarthy dousing his speakership with gasoline and handing the Gaetz Gang the matches, Canadian wildfires turning the sky black in New York and Washington, and Donald Trump getting indicted on 91 counts only to use it to boost his standing in the polls (and raise yet more millions of dollars).

Then there was the horrifyingly crazy war following Hamas’ attack on Israel, Elon Musk’s kooky trolling on X, and ChatGPT giving us a glimpse of AI taking over the world. It was a year that left us all a bit unsettled, to say the least.

Over the past 12 months, the cartoonists at Politico captured all the crazy in their weekly Cartoon Carousel. They’ve managed to include viewpoints from across the political spectrum, making us laugh, groan, and yes, even driving us a bit crazy. 2023 has indeed been that kind of year.

So, let’s take a moment to appreciate the satirical genius of these artists, who’ve managed to encapsulate the absurdity of the past year in their work. From Ann Telnaes of the Washington Post to Michael Ramirez of Creators, these cartoonists have given us a unique perspective on the world’s events.

As we look forward to 2024, let’s hope for a year that’s a bit less crazy. But if it’s not, we can at least count on our cartoonists to help us laugh through the madness. Here’s to another year of calling out the BS, one cartoon at a time.

For a full look at the Cartoon Carousel, check out the original article on Politico here.

17 Responses

  1. The year 2023 was indeed a whirlwind of events, as described in this post. It’s fascinating how cartoonists have the ability to capture the essence of these events and present them in a satirical manner. Their work not only makes us laugh but also serves as a commentary on the absurdity of the world we live in. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with in 2024!

  2. The year 2023 seems to have been filled with a series of extraordinary events. It’s impressive how cartoonists can distill these complex situations into humorous and thought-provoking il#flops#rations. Their ability to capture different perspectives and make us reflect on the world around us is truly remarkable. Let’s see what they have in store for us in 2024!

  3. The year 2023 was indeed a whirlwind of events, as described in this post. It’s fascinating how cartoonists have the ability to capture the essence of these events and present them in a satirical manner. Their work not only makes us laugh but also serves as a commentary on the absurdity of the world we live in. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with in 2024!

  4. The events of 2023 described in this post truly highlight the unpredictable nature of our world. It’s interesting to see how cartoonists can use their art to reflect and comment on these events. Satire has always been a powerful tool to make people think and question the status quo. I appreciate the efforts of these cartoonists in capturing the absurdity of the past year.

  5. The year 2023 was indeed a whirlwind of events, as described in this post. It’s fascinating how cartoonists have the ability to capture the essence of these events and present them in a satirical manner. Their work not only makes us laugh but also serves as a commentary on the absurdity of the world we live in. Here’s to hoping that 2024 brings some semblance of normalcy, but if not, we can rely on these talented artists to provide us with a much-needed dose of humor.

  6. The events of 2023, as depicted in the Cartoon Carousel, truly highlight the absurdity of the year. It’s impressive how these cartoonists manage to capture the essence of each event and present it in a satirical manner. Their work not only makes us laugh but also prompts us to reflect on the state of the world. As we move forward, let’s hope for a more stable year, but let’s also appreciate the role these cartoonists play in helping us navigate through the craziness.

  7. The year 2023 certainly sounds like a rollercoaster ride of events. It’s fascinating how cartoonists can capture the essence of these crazy moments and present them in a satirical way. Their ability to provide different viewpoints from across the political spectrum is commendable. I look forward to seeing how they continue to navigate the absurdity of the world in the coming year.

  8. The year 2023 certainly sounds like a rollercoaster ride of events. It’s fascinating how cartoonists can capture the essence of these crazy moments and present them in a satirical way. Their ability to provide different viewpoints from across the political spectrum is commendable. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with in 2024!

  9. The events of 2023, as described in this article, truly highlight the unpredictable nature of our world. It’s interesting to see how cartoonists can use their art to reflect and comment on these absurdities. Their work not only entertains but also serves as a reminder of the events that shaped our year. Here’s hoping for a more stable 2024!

    1. I couldn’t agree more! The cartoonists have indeed done a commendable job of capturing the essence of 2023’s madness. Their work is a testament to the power of satire in not only entertaining us but also in making us reflect on the state of our world. Here’s to hoping for a less chaotic 2024, but if not, we’ll always have the cartoons!

  10. The year 2023 was indeed a whirlwind of events, as described in this post. It’s fascinating how cartoonists can capture the essence of these events and present them in a satirical manner. Their ability to provide different viewpoints from across the political spectrum is commendable. Let’s hope that 2024 brings some stability, but if not, we can rely on these talented artists to help us find humor in the chaos.

  11. The year 2023 was indeed a whirlwind of events, as described in this post. It’s fascinating how cartoonists have the ability to capture the essence of these events and present them in a satirical manner. Their work not only makes us laugh but also serves as a commentary on the absurdity of the world we live in. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with in 2024!

  12. The year 2023 was indeed a whirlwind of events, as described in this post. It’s fascinating how cartoonists have the ability to capture the essence of these events and present them in a satirical manner. Their work not only makes us laugh but also serves as a commentary on the absurdity of the world we live in. Here’s to hoping that 2024 brings some semblance of normalcy, but if not, we can rely on these talented artists to provide us with a much-needed dose of humor.

  13. The year 2023 was indeed a whirlwind of events, as described in this post. It’s fascinating how cartoonists have the ability to capture the essence of these events and present them in a satirical manner. Their work not only makes us laugh but also serves as a commentary on the absurdity of the world we live in. Here’s to hoping that 2024 brings some semblance of normalcy, but if not, we can rely on these talented artists to provide us with a much-needed dose of humor.

    1. I couldn’t agree more! The cartoonists have indeed done a commendable job in capturing the essence of the year’s events. Their work is a testament to the power of satire in providing commentary on societal issues. Here’s to another year of insightful cartoons, regardless of what 2024 brings!

  14. 2023 seems like a year filled with unexpected twists and turns. The ability of cartoonists to encapsulate these moments in their work is truly remarkable. Satire has a way of making us reflect on the craziness of the world while also providing some much-needed humor. I’m curious to see how these cartoonists will continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape in the coming year.

    1. I couldn’t agree more! The cartoonists’ ability to distill complex events into a single frame is nothing short of genius. Their work not only provides comic relief but also prompts critical thinking. I too am excited to see how they will continue to capture the essence of our ever-evolving world in 2024.

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