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Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do?

© Ruben Bolling

Remember, it isn’t a crime when the president does it, or someone does it for him.

I have a theory about this, I call it the “good/bad syndrome”. It is the idea that there are two types of people: good guys and bad guys. It doesn’t matter what anyone does. If they are good guys it is ok if they are doing clearly illegal things because they are good guys. As for bad guys, they don’t have to do anything because they are already bad guys.

There are so many examples of this. For example, American exceptionalism. Regime change in Iraq (and other countries) is ok, because … we are the good guys. But Russians meddling in our elections is bad because … they are the bad guys.

Or religion. We still sing songs about the Christian crusades (Onward Christian Soldiers), but that was ok because … Christians are the good guys.

The list goes on and on. Republicans versus Democrats, or cops versus minorities. What’s your favorite example of good/bad syndrome?



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    creationism vs evolution. This is what allows “Make America White Again”

    Monday, July 24, 2017 at 5:55 am | Permalink
  2. Squeaky Wheel wrote:

    Police vs. Black Lives Matter. “Making America fear for their lives & white again”

    Monday, July 24, 2017 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  3. Jonah wrote:

    Apparently our dear leaders mental state is becoming a focal point. the APA is bending its rules

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 5:14 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    US Bankers vs. American people

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymoose wrote:

    Pollution is bad, except when its good, like from a plant generating electricity or a mill thats keeping people employed. ‘Its just exhaust from one car, I need it to get to work!’ – ‘It’s just one dropped piece of garbage, what harm could it do?’

    Like believing climate change or not

    Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm | Permalink