Thoughts On Mad Magazine’s Weigh-In On Trump’s Secret Empire

Alright, strap yourselves in folks, I’m going to be having fun with this one.

On August 28th, 2017, President Adolf — sorry, President Red Skull — wait, that’s not right, either.

On August 28th, President Donald Trump lifted the ban on arming local police with military surplus. If this sounds like making the police force something akin to gestapo to you, then you are right and very astute.

This was a restriction that former President Barack Obama had placed on the police force. He didn’t place a total ban, still allowing them to be armed with riot shields, camouflage uniforms, and things of that sort, which sounds pretty fair.

Not to allow a good thing to be un-stomped upon, Trump lifted that ban, allowing the police to be armed with a far wider variety of military weaponry.

Mad Magazine, landing right on the money, re-published the above recreation of a Norman Rockwell piece. The above piece was originally published in 2015, likely in response to a the police killings of unarmed black suspects.

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the original Rockwell piece, called “Runaway,” and the Mad Magazine redux.

For me to say that this is perfectly on point would be something of an understatement. This is incredible. I wanted it printed on my eyelids so I can see it when I go to sleep.

One of my favorite things about it is that the people who have no problem with sheriff deputies and beat police officers decked out like freaking marines will probably not understand the screaming subtleties of this picture.

This is admittedly barely an article relating to comics, pop culture, etc., but sometimes you do have to get your head out of the sand to see what’s going on around you before returning to the totally apolitical worlds of Secret Empire, Captain America, Wonder Woman, and Green Arrow.

I wonder if the police in Charlottesville would have stopped them from that white supremacist from taking shots at the unarmed black man.

Probably not.

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.