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Road Trip1 Back in the spring, I took several day trips. One of them I took across the N.C. border into, Virginia, my home state, to Danville, Virginia. It was a nice drive going there. I like driving the back roads, seeing rural North Carolina. I always have a sketchbook with me. This goes back to when I was 12 years old in Richmond. On a bus ride I would observe things I saw, then when I got home I drew what interested me. I did this on my trip to Danville. I was amazed at the amount of Confederate flags that were flying on houses along the way, but the worst was yet to come when I got to Danville. Near the mall on a high hill overlooking the area, I saw the biggest confederate flag I’ve ever seen in my life in a yard on top of the hill. Down the hill and across from this rebel site was a car dealership. It had 20 or 30 American flags surrounding the cars. I guess the flags were there to counter the huge rebel flag. There was a good side to the visit: I had lunch at a great barbecue restaurant called the Checkered Pig.

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I’ve been following politics since I was 10 years old. Over the years I’ve seen some pretty wild stuff.
The 1968 Democratic Convention comes to mind. All the turmoil in the world and in Chicago made it a perfect storm that paved the way for Richard Nixon to narrowly win the election that November.
The 1992 race also was unusual with George H. Bush’s re-election bid overshadowed by the Ross Perot Factor. Things occurred that people had never seen. Clinton went on to win that election. Ross Perot received 20 percent of the votes casted.
2016 is off the chain with Donald Trump in the mix. I have to rate this year’s presidential election race the topsy-turvy one. Trump has surged to becoming the GOP nominee on the foundation of hate, ignorance and absurdity. His convention last week was horrible, showing everyone how divided the GOP is. It was the darkest convention I’ve ever witnessed. Those who think it was a great success (including candidate Trump) should get some sort of free mental health care treatment.
Trump’s campaign reminds me of other race-based presidential campaigns: Barry Goldwater in 1964 and George Wallace 1968 and 1972. I remember those campaigns clearly and the fear that ran through my mind back then. The good news is that according to a CNN Survey Monkey poll that came out this morning (July 26), Trump did not get a convention bounce in the polls. Let’s hope it means that America rejected the hate and darkness that came out of the GOP Convention last week.
I’m really proud of Hillary Clinton’s pick for vice president: Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. I’m a native Virginian, born and raised in Richmond.
Kaine was elected to City Council, mayor, lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. senator.
During his 2012 bid for the U.S. Senate, I ran into Kaine at the Richmond Public Library. He was there donating books. I got to talk with him for a few minutes about the campaign that year. He told me it a was tough campaign, but that he was confident he and President Obama would win in the end, and they did.

Ron Rogers creates political cartoons for The Chronicle. He has worked at several newspapers nationwide. He was documented as the only African-American political cartoonist on the staff of a daily newspaper in the United States when he worked at the South Bend Tribune in Indiana.