But anyway, here was my first take on the topic:
I thought it suffered a little from having two points that were kind of competing for attention — 1) barbarism begins at home, and 2) we have some high-profile anti-Mexican politicians in the state. It also relied a little too heavily on a public school-criticizing straw man. So I moved on. Much like commenter Nathan, the incident made me think about that classic anti-drug PSA from the ’80s:
So I decided to go a little more directly at the “role models” angle:
I still like this cartoon, but I felt like it was a little unfair to just be pointing fingers at Heineman and Janssen. After all, these guys wouldn’t have the clout they do without the votes. So in the eventual cartoon that ran, you saw the target broadened significantly to the general population.
And that is the story of that cartoon.