Tuesday, October 08, 2013

War by any name is still as painful

War by any name is still as painful

(My Clovis News Journal column for September 6, 2013.)

Let's imagine a world where you are the ruler of a town. All the people in your town are encouraged to get all their news and information from people connected to you. There are plenty of other sources of information, but the people have been convinced the news they get from "official sources" is more reliable, even when it should be obvious that's not always the case.

You also have the help of highly visible people who comment on the information you release, to the exclusion of everything else, to make it seem as if yours is the only perspective out there. Anything else would be "aiding the enemy" or a "fringe opinion".

Far away from your town is a small, insignificant village run by another guy very much like you. "Sir Ya", has done some nasty things to the people in his town; it seems to go with the job. But, since you have decided you need to go to war with this particular thug right now, he is the thug of the moment to anyone who will listen. Everyone listens.

You eagerly, and with grave expression, report on, and the commentators pass along, any and all evil acts this other guy is suspected of committing.

Of course, the information you release is slanted against Sir Ya and is carefully calculated to make you look better than you are.

The other guy has used "chemical weapons" on the people of his town, so you propose to go to war and kill many of the survivors- using chemicals like gun powder- to "save" them. The irony will be completely lost on the people of your town, and on the popular commentators you depend upon to spread your narrative.

People don't remember the rumored, and ultimately imaginary, "weapons of mass destruction" or baby-eating from every past lead-up to war, and this makes your scheme easier to pull off. You will succeed in getting your war, one way or another.

Sure it's crazy, but the people in your town won't see it because of how you have slanted the information they are exposed to. The same old story could be told of every time you and your predecessors decided to sacrifice the children of your townspeople for some political capital and to ensure a "legacy".

You'll call your war something like "humanitarian aid" or "rescuing his people". It makes the coming death and destruction more popular with the townsfolk. It makes the returning broken bodies and minds of the town's kids something to revere and honor rather than regret.


Breaking what they've got - Demanding more

If you learn nothing else from the phony-baloney "government shut-down" melodrama, learn this:

If the current amounts of control over the country wielded by these insane bureaucrats has inconvenienced you (it hasn't touched me), or worse, shouldn't you see that giving them even more control over your life (ObamaCare, "gun control", etc.) is the most stupid thing you could possibly do?  This just proves they can NOT be trusted with even the smallest control over anything of importance.  And they keep demanding more?  Ha!

Take your life back.

Live life in spite of bad guys

Attacks on your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness and property are coming- just as they always have.  Make no mistake about that.

On one hand it is silly to waste too much time worrying about what this or that puppetician is doing, or what "laws" may surround you.  They are all attacks aimed at you- be warned and be ready.

On the other hand, it is good to know from which direction you are likely to be attacked next.  Sticking your head in the sand doesn't really help you much.

Just don't get so wrapped up in worrying about the professional thugs that you miss out on life.  That would hand the bad guys a victory you can't afford.