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Politics is a common theme in the animated television series The Simpsons, and this phenomenon has had some crossover with real American politics. Some U.S. conservatives have voiced opposition to the show.[1] Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush has even said that the U.S. needs to be closer to The Waltons than to The Simpsons.[2] The show has a liberal slant which was joked about in the episode "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular," in which reference was made to "hundreds of radical right-wing messages inserted into every show by creator Matt Groening." More recently, however, at least one conservative has adopted character Groundskeeper Willie's derisive term for the French, "cheese-eating surrender monkeys".[3] Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The Federal Government of the United States was established by the United States politics is dominated by the two major parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Conservatism is a term used to describe political philosophies that favor tradition and gradual change, where tradition refers to religious, cultural, or nationally defined beliefs and customs. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ... For other uses, see The Waltons (disambiguation). ... Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ... The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular is the tenth episode of The Simpsons seventh season, and is, as the title suggests, the 138th episode. ... Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Groundskeeper Willie (a. ... Cheese-eating surrender monkeys is a satirical and insulting phrase, referring to the French, which gained notoriety in the United States, particularly in the run-up to the war in Iraq. ...

In the DVD commentaries, creator Matt Groening and the majority of people who work on the show state several times that they are very liberal, but some, such as John Swartzwelder (the writer of the most episodes), are conservative. Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... John Swartzwelder (born February 08, 1949) is an American writer, best known for his work on the animated television series The Simpsons, as well as a number of novels. ...

Political topics addressed on The Simpsons include gay marriage (in the episode "There's Something About Marrying"), gun rights ("The Cartridge Family"), evolution vs. creationism ("The Monkey Suit"), and election campaigns ("Sideshow Bob Roberts," "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington", "E Pluribus Wiggum"). Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... Theres Something About Marrying is the tenth episode of the sixteenth season of The Simpsons. ... The phrase Gun politics refers to the views of different people within a particular country as to what degree of control (increased gun rights vs. ... The Cartridge Family is the fifth episode of The Simpsons ninth season, which originally aired on November 2, 1997. ... This article is about evolution in biology. ... Creationism is a religious belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe were created in their original form by a deity or deities (often the Abrahamic God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam), whose existence is presupposed. ... “The Monkey Suit” is the 21st episode of The Simpsons seventeenth season that originally aired on May 14, 2006. ... A political campaign is an effort to reach a certain political goal. ... Sideshow Bob Roberts is the fifth episode of The Simpsons sixth season. ... “Mr. ...


Springfield Republican Party

The Springfield Republican Party Headquarters is frequently portrayed in the show as an ominous dark tower, with a thunderstorm always brewing above it, often accompanied by spooky mood music or the menacing cry of a falcon or howl of a wolf. Among themselves, the party members are often open about doing dastardly deeds and plotting nefarious schemes, as seen in "Brawl in the Family". Brawl in the Family is the seventh episode in the thirteenth season of the animated television series The Simpsons. ...

Fictional Politicians

Joseph Fitzpatrick Fitzgerald Fitzhenry Joe Quimby,[1] a. ... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... The Simpsons Movie is the working title for an animated film based on the television series The Simpsons. ... Cletus Del Roy Spuckler (voiced by Hank Azaria), also known as Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel, is a fictional character on the long-running animated television show The Simpsons. ... Future-Drama is the fifteenth episode of the sixteenth season of The Simpsons. ... Krusty redirects here. ... Mr. ...

Election campaigns and corruption

Several episodes seemingly critique how election campaigns are run. For example, in his campaign for governor, Mr. Burns blatantly lies about a three-eyed fish, portraying a mutation resulting from poor safety standards at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant as a natural phenomenon. In "Sideshow Bob Roberts", Sideshow Bob runs a negative campaign against Mayor Quimby, and eventually Bob rigs the election. The episode "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington" also sees Republican nominee Krusty winning an election partly through conservative bias in FOX broadcasting, specifically Fox News Channel, with the presenter referring to John Armstrong, his Democratic opponent as 'our red friend', with devil horns while anti-Democratic slurs scroll along the news ticker such as "Do Democrats cause cancer?", "Dan Quayle: Awesome" and "Hillary Clinton embarrasses self, nation". The following is a list of animals appearing in the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Springfield Nuclear Power Plant is a fictional nuclear power plant in the television animated cartoon series The Simpsons. ... “Mr. ... Fox News redirects here. ... This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... News tickers often scroll headlines along the bottom of the screen during news & current affairs programs, such as on Australias Sunrise. ... James Danforth[1][2] Dan Quayle (born February 4, 1947) is an American politician and a former Senator from the state of Indiana. ... Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from New York, and is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election. ...

In the episode "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington," Lisa Simpson witnesses her representative, Congressman Bob Arnold, receive a bribe, and subsequently her patriotism is severely damaged. However, the show goes on to depict his downfall with his removal from Congress, and Lisa's confidence in the system is restored. Mr. ... Bribery is the practice of offering a professional money or other favours in order to circumvent ethics in a variety of professions. ... Defence of the fatherland is a commonplace of patriotism: The statue in the courtyard of École polytechnique, Paris, commemorating the students involvement in defending France against the 1814 invasion of the Coalition. ...

In "See Homer Run", Mayor Quimby faces corruption charges and accidentally quotes the town charter, which allows for recall elections. Over two hundred people run (in a parody of the 2003 California Recall), including Rainier Wolfcastle (also spoofing Arnold Schwarzenegger, who won the recall election) and even Homer. Homer is initially a sure-win candidate, but at a debate, his Safety Salamander costume, which is the reason for his popularity, tears apart. In the end, no one receives the five percent needed to unseat Quimby, leaving him as mayor of Springfield. See Homer Run is the sixth episode of the 17th season of The Simpsons. ... A recall election is a procedure by which voters can remove an elected official from office. ... The 2003 California recall was a special election permitted under California law. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... For other uses, see Salamander (disambiguation). ...

In "E Pluribus Wiggum" Ralph Wiggum runs for president. Ralph Wiggum is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ...

Government power

Occasionally, complaints about over taxation can be seen in The Simpsons, such as in "The Trouble with Trillions," in which Mr. Burns, Homer, and Smithers actually leave the US, claiming it was due to its taxes. However, Burns was also wanted by the FBI for "grand grand grand grand larceny", and this was likely the real reason for their flight. The Trouble with Trillions is the 20th episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... “Taxes” redirects here. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... In the United States, larceny is a common law crime involving stealing. ...

Judges have been seen to perform acts that are in some way illegal; in "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", the judge re-opens an already finished prosecution case on the basis that she "Can't say no to children", and Judge Snyder admits to "wildly exceeding his judicial authority" when banning all sugar from Springfield in "Sweets and Sour Marge." He has also been known to declare legal mandates even when a trial isn't in session, often of an unconstitutional nature, such as, in "The Principal and the Pauper," requiring everyone in Springfield to act as though the events of the episode never happened "under penalty of torture." The Boy Who Knew Too Much is the 20th episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Sweets and Sour Marge is the eighth episode of the thirteenth season of The Simpsons. ... The Principal and the Pauper is the second episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ...

A debate on government funding of education can be seen in "The PTA Disbands". Edna Krabappel claims that the demands of the teachers are reasonable, asking simply for better supplies and a modest cost of living wage increase. Principal Seymour Skinner replies that the school is on a very tight budget as it is, pointing out that there's no more money in the school's budget even after the cutbacks he has made, since the school's funding has been cut yet again. Mrs. Krabappel is urging parents to support the teachers in their strike to better their children's futures, while Principal Skinner claims that to pay what the teachers are asking, they would be forced to raise taxes. Both the audience at the PTA meeting and the TV audience watching at home are left debating over whether the education system is worth greater investment through taxation. Another Simpsons Clip Show is an episode from the sixth season of The Simpsons. ... Ms. ... Principal W. Seymour Skinner (born in Capital City as Armin Tamzarian)[1][2] is a fictional character on the animated sitcom The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ...

The episode "Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment" can be seen as a statement against Prohibition, as a Prohibition scheme fails in the episode, and an officer charged with enforcing the law is catapulted out of town.[4] Homer vs. ... The term Prohibition, also known as A Dry Law, refers to a law in a certain country by which the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages is restricted or illegal. ... Drawing of a Roman catapult For the handheld Y-shaped weapon, see slingshot. ...

While "The Cartridge Family" clearly mocks irresponsibility with firearms hiding behind the Second Amendment. Krusty is seen making a speech about how guns are valuable if handled responsibly ("Guns aren't toys. They're for family protection, hunting dangerous or delicious animals and keeping the king of England out of your face.").[5] The Cartridge Family is the fifth episode of The Simpsons ninth season, which originally aired on November 2, 1997. ... The Bill of Rights in the National Archives Amendment II (the Second Amendment) of the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights declares a well-regulated militia as being necessary to the security of a free State and prohibits infringement of the right of the people to keep and bear...

The episode "Bart-Mangled Banner" relates to concerns about the USA PATRIOT Act and free-speech. In the episode the Simpson family is sent to a "re-education center" for defaming the USA, almost completely by accident. There they meet Bill Clinton who had been sent to the center for criticizing tax cuts. The family eventually escapes to France before returning to the US as immigrants.[6] Bart-Mangled Banner is the twenty-first episode from The Simpsons fifteenth season. ... In the United States, the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-56), known as the USA PATRIOT Act or simply the Patriot Act, is an Act of Congress which President George W. Bush signed into law... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... A tax cut is a reduction in the rate of tax charged by a government, for example on personal or corporate income. ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ...

Labor unions

A satire on collective bargaining is presented in the episode "Last Exit to Springfield". The episode makes reference to union corruption, when Homer is told corruption is the only way he can be financially rewarded as union leader. In fact, the previous, now-deceased union leader who promised to clean up its corruption is not missed by anyone, found buried in a football field, even as union member Carl Carlson knowingly jokes about his disappearance, hoping that he'll "turn up alive and well". Furthermore, Homer considers union ties to organized crime a job perk. However, the episode also depicts the union as effectively saving the company dental plan through strike action. Nevertheless, in "The PTA Disbands," Homer later speaks out against striking and instead advocates sloth in the workplace. 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... A Collective agreement is a labor contract between an employer and one or more unions. ... Last Exit to Springfield is the 17th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... The Lawrence textile strike (1912), with soldiers surrounding peaceful demonstrators A trade union or labor union is an organization of workers who have banded together to achieve common goals in key areas such as wages, hours, and working conditions, forming a cartel of labour. ... Carlton Carl Carlson, MPhys is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Organized crime or criminal organizations are groups or operations run by criminals, most commonly for the purpose of generating a monetary profit. ... Dental insurance is insurance designed to pay the costs associated with dental care. ... Strike action, often simply called a strike, is a work stoppage caused by the mass refusal by employees to perform work. ... Another Simpsons Clip Show is an episode from the sixth season of The Simpsons. ... A slowdown is an industrial action in which employees perform their duties but seek to reduce productivity or efficiency in their performance of these duties. ...


The Simpsons has also covered immigration controversies in the episode "Much Apu About Nothing.[7] Amidst concern over high taxes, Mayor Quimby blames illegal immigrants, using them as a convenient scapegoat. Homer goes along with the anti-immigrant buzz, until realising that his friend Apu would be deported if the policy came in. He finally gives a strong liberal speech about the benefits of immigrants. Much Apu About Nothing is the 23rd episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby Joseph Joe Quimby, Jr. ... APU may refer to: Anglia Polytechnic University, now known as Anglia Ruskin University. ...

Iraq War

The end of "The Day the Earth Looked Stupid" in "Treehouse of Horror XVII" has Kang and Kodos invading earth after the infamous fake invasion radio broadcast by Orson Welles in 1938. The segment ends with Kang and Kodos overlooking the occupation of Springfield and getting into an argument over the merits of the occupation; they weren't greeted as liberators as they rid Earth's weapons of mass disintegration during "Operation Enduring Occupation", references to weapons of mass destruction and Operation Enduring Freedom. Treehouse of Horror XVII is, as the name indicates, the seventeenth Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons. ... George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, actor and producer for film, stage, radio and television. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Xzibit album, see Weapons of Mass Destruction (album). ... Combatants United States, Poland, France, Canada, Pakistan, India, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines (in the Philippines theatre only), Northern Alliance, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ethiopia, Somalia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Georgia Taliban, al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah...

See also

Along with politics, religion remains a major theme on the animated show The Simpsons. ...


  1. ^ The BBC Simpsons' gay character is Patty
  2. ^ SNPP. The Simpsons Archive: "Round Springfield
  3. ^ The Guardian. Wimps, weasels and monkeys - the US media view of 'perfidious France'
  4. ^ Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment
  5. ^ The Cartridge Family
  6. ^ Bart-Mangled Banner
  7. ^ Much Apu About Nothing

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