Recently Garry Trudeau introduced a new character into his comic strip “Doonesbury,” Mrs. DeLuca, the mother of seriously wounded Iraq veteran, Toggle.
She is depicted in all of her vulgar glory: pudgy, tattooed, spiked hair and, to really cover all the bases, a cross dangling from a necklace.
In the strip of Feb. 20, when she is asked who Toggle’s father is, Trudeau gives her this response, “One of three jerks. I wasn’t always the class act you see now.”
This depiction of our military personnel and their families as the trashy dregs of American society may comfort and titillate the Northeast salon liberals with their bigoted stereotypes, but it is deeply offensive to the people who are paying an enormous sacrifice in the service of our country. It is also demonstrably inaccurate.
Whatever one’s views are of the Iraq war, this vicious sliming of our troops and their families should disgust every fair minded person.