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Friday, September 09, 2005

Chickenhawk Logic

Laughing boy over at LGF cuts and pastes this piece by Done With Mirrors with glee, as if to say 'I think this too'!

So let’s keep playing chickenhawk; let’s apply it to another situation. “Don’t advocate government actions that will involve sacrifice unless you’re also putting yourself directly in the place of those who may be asked to sacrifice.”

Don’t call for more government action to help the poor people stranded in New Orleans unless you drove down there as soon as you heard the news and personally waded through the sewage and took some of them out of the Superdome and into your home. (Not impossible, some college kids did it).

Don’t call for better canal walls and levees in New Orleans unless you are willing to take two years and go down there personally and build them.

Don’t call for a more aggressive FEMA unless you’ve put in a job application there. Don’t call for a quicker and more effective use of U.S. military resources in the disaster zone unless you’ve spent the last two years encouraging healthy young men and women to enlist, and supporting the Defense Department budget.

Looks stupid to me, too, but put up or shut up, chickenbeaver! Hey, your game, not mine.
There is only one point to undo all this bluster however. US voters/tax payers/citizens are well within their rights to demand that their government protect them against natural disasters and to provide the basics like food, water and healthy living conditions after the event no matter what their opinion on foreign wars.

Is it the same as citizens calling for attacks on foreign nations? Is it the same as calling for racial profiling? Is it the same as supporting an illegal and poorly executed war? Is it the same as advocating the murder of foreign heads of state? Is it the same as mentally disturbed idiots marching around the countryside living out their militia fantasies? Is it the same as blog commentators cheering the deaths of Muslims? Is it the same as nutjobs advocating a war between themselves and liberals? Is it the same? Is it really? Of course not.

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