"We have met the enemy and he is us."
by:
Walt Kelly
(1913- 1973) Comic strip artist for 'Pogo'
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Pogo: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us, 1972
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 -- Lincoln Pickard, San Diego      
When you change the way you look at things,the things you look at change.
 -- Me Again     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Thank you for getting this correct. The poltically correct have replaced "he" with "it" and "they." I remember seeing the original strip - it was "he.".
     -- Dave Becker, Rochester, MI     
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    I maybe wrong but I believe that little opossum Pogo was misquoted! I believe that he said, "We HAS met the enemy and he is us!" And even though he was misquoted IT IS one of my most favorite quotes! It is our sins that cause us, our children and our children's children so much grief! Pastor H Ray Eldridge
     -- Ray Eldridge, Graysville     
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    Walt Kelly first used the quote on a poster for Earth Day in 1970.
    In 1972, it was the title of a book, Pogo: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The specific "us" in the U.S. would be Congress!
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    With the recent terrorist attacks in London, this quote is so scarily true
     -- Alix, Worthing, SX, UK     
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    This brings the Declaration of Independence to mind. The ground swell of Ron Paul support magnifies a love of freedom and liberty rebirth and gives hope for the here imposed Enemy.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Unless there is change to our destructive nature the Enemy is us
     -- RobertSRQ     
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    We here it every day with public lack of cooperation with or denigration of our efforts to do anything together, from assisting police, border security or the environment. It is a stiff necked people who do not want to be led. In a demcoracy criticisim of anything and everything on a constant bases is standard practice but some times we need to cooperate for the good of all.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    If this nation be destroyed, it will be through suicide from those who have failed to know what it takes to keep freedom alive.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    Earth day celebrations in New York looked more like a litter fest. I never saw such a bunch of spoiled self centered people. Hundreds of trash cans and all of them empty. The ground was solid trash.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Nature is in our hands.. Protecting it is our duty.. Save it for future generation.. As it is mother earths beauty..!!
     -- Medhavi, chandigarh,india     
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     -- nnn      
     -- Anonymous      
    Most have never tasted independence, nor have been their own boss. The back bone was broken in 2008, when the wayfairing person, the independent who paid taxes at the point of sale, the attack was well thought out. Greed in the banking industry, credit based economy, over inflated prices, and the willingness to kick your neighbor aside for profit. Sell to you enemy they have money. Flood the work place with illegal workers, push the freeborn aside through greed of profit, by the independent contractor. Well thought out. Corporate privilege in the highest level, our elected officials running the country in the ground. Knowing the growth is not sustainable. This country started unraveling with FDR and property tax, No inheritance but for the most wealthy, every body else just rents. There is no separation between Personal Freedom and Financial Liberty as Ron Paul tried to point out. No one on the Hill wants to hear that train of thought ! They would loose their hold, yoke, on the neck of the freeborn.
     -- watchman13, USA     
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    Wow, Waffler, you are demonstrating your arrogance.  Voting for power is among the worst evils we have embraced, thus pitting all against the other.  A stiff necked people do not want to be led?  Where the hell are you leading them?  Maybe they are not stiff necked but merely opposing your 'leadership.'  Free people are not to be 'led'  that was the whole point of declaring independence from those that lay claim to the people.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Hear, hear! ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I have always loved this statement from Pogo.
     -- Mary, MI     
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