“You Can’t Be Against The War AND Support Our Troops”
I’ll swear I’m gonna gag the next time some dickhead uses that stupid retarded phrase. Or any of its variations: “If you’re against the war then you don’t support our troops, it‘s that simple,” etc.
This is the most moronic, illogical excuse for “reasoning,” and yet it’s everywhere. It’s the result of a brilliant team effort:
1) A cutting edge combination of neurolinguistics, group dynamics and political science; and
2) Millions of gullible citizens who will swallow anything hook line and sinker. Aluminum siding, stuffing envelopes at home in your spare time for $500,000 a week, you name it. “OK. Where do I sign?!?”
And Presto! All over the Internet: “If you don’t support our mission in Iraq then you don’t support our soldiers.” “Our troops are dying over just there so you moonbats can keep having your treasonous anti-war demonstrations.” And of course the oldest cliché of all (still alive and well for over 40 years now): that any expression of discontent against the war is “aiding and abetting the enemy.”
Anyone with either a high school education and/or an IQ higher than room temperature can see through this drivel. Unfortunately, that still leaves millions of voters going “Duuuhhhh!!!!” and then swallowing and regurgitating this shit.
Now, some perspective: let’s say a new law gets passed saying that anyone wearing a blue shirt on Wednesday gets shot on sight by the police. No trial, no questions asked, no ifs ands or buts. BANG! End of story.
Now, do you agree with this new law? If you don’t, then you don’t support your police department. You hate your local police officers and you hate America.
Now see how retarded, how imbecilic the above paragraph is? That’s the same reasoning being used in “You Can’t Be Against The War AND Support Our Troops.” See, it really is possible to be against a certain government program and, simultaneously, have sympathy and support for the government employees who are forced to carry out this government stupidity.
For most people this is all too obvious. This government-sponsored my-country-right-or-wrong propaganda has no logic or intelligence whatsoever. Unfortunately, this Big Lie technique is very effective. It was developed by Joseph Goebbels (Hitler’s propaganda minister) during the 1930s and it’s been perfected by our current “leaders.”
Basically, the Big Lie technique just means taking a certain phrase or slogan and repeating it over and over, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Eventually, after it’s been seen and heard thousands of times, it’ll just seep into the public consciousness and become “common knowledge.”
Thanks to all the cuts in public education during the past 20 years, the Big Lie technique is more effective than ever. Hence the large number of columnists and bloggers who dutifully recite “You Can’t Be Against The War AND Support Our Troops.”
Very good, Comrades. You are toeing the line just as you were ordered. Job well done!