The ideas for the series come from current events and headlines but Rawsthorne has a larger goal in mind. “Humor is a great weapon and I want to get America laughing at the hard left.”
Rawsthrone says traffic to the Diversity Lane website www.diversitylane.com continues to grow as does his free email list of subscribers. Right now, the cartoon is only available online but the author has hired a publicist and is talking with two major syndicators about distributing it nationally to newspapers and magazines. A Diversity Lane coffee table book coming out this month should add to the popularity of the series.
Reaction from conservatives has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s obvious that Rawsthorne puts a lot of thought into the left/right dialog, and the series has been praised by Laura Ingraham and Brent Bozell among others. Diversity Lane cartoons have recently appeared on conservative websites like American Thinker and WorldNetDaily.
Liberal reaction has been mixed. Some write in to say they read Diversity Lane for a laugh, though they disagree with the political slant of the series. Other lefties don’t see the humor.
“I receive lots of snarling, negative email from liberals who seem to feel that only the left should be able to combine politics with irony and satire,” said Rawsthorne. “But when I get reactions like that I know I’ve created an effective cartoon.”
If laughter is indeed the best medicine for political correctness, liberals should fear the spread of Diversity Lane.
Joe Hatton is a freelance writer and consultant who lives in Maryland.
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