I feel a hair responsible for The Young Conservative’s hurt feelings. I’m not just bragging; I mention it in a post and email the General and soon enough, it’s up on OYE. Here’s him complaining about being held accountable for his words and (in)actions.
Has our national political discourse really become so poisoned and so irrational that when we disagree with each other we pour upon the other a cacophony of personal and ad hominem attacks instead of actually stating our disagreements in a civil interchange of reasoned argumentation? Don’t get me wrong, the recent barrage of base expletives was quite amusing, in the same way that watching the guests of the Jerry Springer show act in the same manner is. But the entertainment value of the behavior of those who took issue with me is far outweighed by the appalling commentary such behavior provides on the churlish nature of our national political dialogue.
Well, I’m glad to see you are amused by expletives you elephant shit for brains. But our discourse was poisoned by your party calling tripple amputees unpatriotic. It was made irrational by saying John Kerry’s wounds don’t count. Yesterday torture was made legal, and the worst thing that happened to you is that a few people said some mean things.
Also, I know you’re still in school, but more English classes will teach you to transition from I’m amused by this to please don’t do it.
If you disagree with an opinion that I express, or believe that I have no standing to express that opinion, then say so in a respectful and mature manner. Provide a counter-argument to my own, and I will be happy to respond in like manner. As a politically active young man, I relish any opportunity to discuss issues of national importance with those who agree with me as well as with those who do not agree with me.
In 80 comments 3 people said “fuck” or some other variation. Someone called you a “pussy.” Some said you were a “chickenshit.” Is that really offensive? I mean shit on a stick, you have to have lived a pretty sheltered life for about 90% of those comments to even be offensive.
Though we may not agree, and may disagree vigorously, we don’t have to be disagreeable or acrimonious towards each other. No matter how disparate our views and beliefs may be, we’re all Americans and we all want what is best for our great country. That is something all of us forget far too often when we debate each other nowadays.
Oh bullshit. Civility has lead to American torture chambers. To the legalization of waterboarding. To a nascent genocide in Iraq. Fuck civility. Fuck it up the asshole with a glowstick.
To respond to the “chickenhawk” label that has been thrown around so cavalierly, it is a banal tactic and attempt to stifle any discussion or debate. Instead of responding to the points and merits of my piece, my detractors simply called me a “chickenhawk” in language frosted in profanities and insults, with the clear purpose of intimidating me into silence. It was pathetic.
I agree, you’re not a chickenhawk, you’re a yellow elephant.
Getting back to your piece, the point was that “we” have to win the war and something about how “we” were making sacrifices. So given that, it seems reasonable to ask what sacrifices you had made. The answer was none, and instead of admit that, you’re just writing this long assed piece of bullshit.
To simply respond to an able-bodied civilian’s hawkish comments by calling him a “chickenhawk” is as intellectually bankrupt as a conservative responding to a liberal’s strong criticism of America with the vacuous phrase, “Love it or leave it!” It isn’t an argument. It doesn’t even pretend to be an argument. It doesn’t even deserve to be on a bumper sticker.
I’m not sure if this was supposed to be a paragraph here, but I’m making it one to point out that there are OYE bumper stickers.
The “chickenhawk” rationale is also appallingly juvenile. It harkens me back to the days when a classmate and I disagreed over whether our second-grade teacher, Mrs. Hebert, was a good teacher. He said she wasn’t, having just been told to pull a card by her for talking while she was. I argued that she was, pointing out that she helped us whenever we were struggling with an activity—activities she always made educational and interesting. His response: “Well if you like her so much why don’t you marry her?”
I wasn’t there, but I bet that he actually said, “if you love her so much why don’t you marry her?” Or more precisely you’re making it up. Oh, and I believe it’s harks, although I’m sure someone will tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.
If an able-bodied civilian can’t support the war—or think we should persevere until we do win—without going to fight and serve in that war himself, then neither can he support police attempts to bring down crime and defeat street gangs and organized crime without joining the local P.D. He can’t say that this country should be doing more to help the Gulf Coast rebuild following Hurricane Katrina unless he himself grabs his hammer and travels down there to help rebuild. He can’t say more needs to be done by the international community to stem the AIDS epidemic in Africa unless he drops everything and goes over there as a relief worker either.
Something, let’s call it Spidey sense, tells me that you haven’t done much to help any of those causes either. I mean, the Red Cross can always use more Katrina money. But more to the point, the local police force isn’t facing a recruiting shortfall. The army has been for years. I doubt they’re stop-lossing the Tacoma Police, or the PLU campus police. As one of those rude posters said, “Hey there, just finished up my second tour in Iraq. It is my last. The Army, because of manning issues, was forced to stop-loss me. The majority of my platoon was stop-lossed. We are due to leave the Army within the next 90 days. Will you be the one to take up the arms we lay down?”
There are very few people in a better position to serve than pro war 19 year olds.
Such is, in my view, Swiss cheese logic, and I respectfully disagree with those who subscribe to it. One need not be one of the brave and heroic men and women fighting and winning the war over there to believe that they should be given the opportunity and the time to win it, or that the ultimate sacrifice thousands of Americans have given should not be forsaken.
Here’s a tip from someone who’s taken some English classes as an undergrad: When you say “in my view” the teachers will think you’re just padding the essay.
Sadly, and more to the point, we aren’t winning. We’re catalyzing a genocide and making the country a training ground for people who want to kill Americans. And we’re in the process of being driven out like the French were driven out of Viet Nam.
There are many ways to serve your country, serving in the military is only one (though it is without a doubt the most noble of them). We do not have a shortage of highly-trained and highly-professional brave young men and women willing to serve in our military. What we do have is a shortage of leaders back home with the fortitude and willingness to let our armed forces complete the awesome job they are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We do “have a shortage of highly-trained and highly-professional brave young men and women willing to serve in our military.” That’s why we have to stop-loss troops. That’s why the Army and National Guard have been having so much trouble recruiting. That’s why they’re taking grandmothers. Christ on the cross, do you ever read the paper?
For those who would like to know why I have not decided to enlist, I was a sophomore in high school when I made the commitment to myself to finish my education before I made a decision on which profession I would enter into. Whether that decision is to ultimately join America’s professional fighting forces, or go to law school, or study history, I told myself I would finish college before I began down a specific career path.
I’m guessing it won’t be the fighting forces.
The only development that could cause me to stray from this path is if there was a draft instituted. If called upon by my country I would gladly and enthusiastically serve without hesitation. But finishing my education is very important to me, and I hope doing so will give me the tools necessary to serve my country in the future, in whatever capacity that may be.
So you’d rather go to Iraq than some fuck me up the ass prison. That’s a start.
And is studying history really serving your country?
For those who take issue with the opinions I have expressed and the decision that I have made, especially those veterans who expressed themselves here, I respect your position and where you are coming from. My only regret in all of this is that your positions were not expressed in a civil or respectful manner. I hope they will be in the future. If that is too much to ask, the Jerry Springer Show is always looking for guests.
That’s right, vets saying things like “will the American people stand for a draft if it does not inclulde the bush twins?” or, “How do you expect to be able to fight terrorism?” are just like toothless hillbillies who wants to marry their goat. Way to support the troops.