We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Upon our Constitition's ratification, Dr. Benjamin Rush -- one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence -- commented, " 'Tis done. We have become a nation." We had crafted procedures and rules and limitations by which we could come together in civil discourse. That didn't mean we had created nirvana nor ended disagreements nor guaranteed only the best politicians.
Seems so for "comic strip" [wikipedia] but of course, one-shot cartoons (mostly political) were probably in use well before pre-teen Ben Franklin inserted his own pseudonymous pieces into his brother's paper.