Hey, how about that awesome blogger who pranked Governor Walker earlier this week? He was so cool doing that, huh? I see liberals lining up to sing praises about him and tell us how smart he is and about how he showed the world just how unscrupulous those evil Republicans are! Ian Murphy is great, isn’t he? I mean with that great mind of his, he must be able to really personify the left-side perspective. Let’s take a look at some of his work…
FUCK THE TROOPS
A Beastly Opinion
By Ian Murphy
So, 4000 rubes are dead. Cry me the Tigris. Another 30,000 have been seriously wounded. Boo fucking hoo. They got what they asked for—and cool robotic limbs, too.
Likely, just reading the above paragraph made you uncomfortable. But why?
The benevolence of America’s “troops” is sacrosanct. Questioning their rectitude simply isn’t done. It’s the forbidden zone. We may rail against this tragic war, but our soldiers are lauded by all as saints. Why? They volunteered to partake in this savage idiocy, and for this they deserve our utmost respect? I think not.
The nearly two-thirds of us who know this war is bullshit need to stop sucking off the troops. They get enough action raping female soldiers and sodomizing Iraqi detainees. The political left is intent on “supporting” the troops by bringing them home, which is a good thing. But after rightly denouncing the administration’s lies and condemning this awful war, relatively sensible pundits—like Keith Olbermann—turn around and lovingly praise the soldiers’ brave service to the country. Why?
What service are they providing? I don’t remember ordering 300,000 dead Iraqis—although I was doing a lot of heavy narcotics back in ‘03. Our soldiers are not providing a service to the country, they’re providing a service to a criminal administration and their oil company cronies. When a mafia don orders a hit, is the assassin absolved of personal responsibility when it’s carried out? Of course not. What if the hit man was fooled into service? We’d all say, “Tough shit, you dumb Guido,” then lock him up and throw away the key.
As a society, we need to discard our blind deference to military service. There’s nothing admirable about volunteering to murder people. There’s nothing admirable about being rooked by obvious propaganda. There’s nothing admirable about doing what you’re told if what you’re told to do is terrible.
We all learned recently that the Bush administration instituted its policy of global torture during quaint White House meetings. And we already know this war was started with lies. Shame on them. But what about the people who physically carry out these atrocities? We’ve seen bad apples punished and CEO despots walk free, but all verbal and written denouncement is focused on our leaders. Surely, they deserve that and more—decapitation, really. But why can’t we be critical of the people who have actually tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens? We deride private contractors like Blackwater for similar conduct—why are the troops blameless?
Take John McCain, or “McNasty,” as they called him in high school. While the conventional wisdom says that Obama gets a pass from the media, McCain is clearly the least scrutinized presidential candidate. He diddles lobbyists, sings about bombing Iran and doesn’t know Shiite from Shinola, yet he remains unscathed, cloaked in his Vietnam “hero” legend.
Again, what is heroic about involving one’s self in a foolish war, being a shitty pilot or getting tortured? Yeah, it must have sucked, but getting your ass kicked every day for five years doesn’t make you a hero—it makes you a Bad News Bear.
Here’s where America’s military lust becomes a true perversion. If we truly valued military prowess, John McCain would be viewed as a failure. But duty alone is enough to inspire our gratitude. Hence the left’s tendency to obligatorily praise the troops while decrying the sum of their actions. Good thing, too, because this war is unwinnable.
George Washington warned that the biggest threat to the young United States was in keeping and deploying standing armies. An overextended military is a drain on any nation—eventually it will break. It also pisses off the people your army is standing on. We’ll never heed this warning and break the cycle of violence, so long as military service is so reflexively praised.
People want to be respected. And in a country with an abysmal education system and disappearing economic opportunities, they seek respect wherever they can find it—as street corner toughs or as government-sanctioned thugs. It beats McDonald’s. But this kind of victim-of-circumstance-sympathy for the troops turns them into automatons, neither deserving of praise or damnation. Disregarding the Stop Loss back door draft travesty, they had a choice.
We’re a squeamish people; we eschew heated debates and, in principle, strive for political correctness when arguing with those who hold contrary views. The left does anyway; the right makes no such pretense. That’s one of the reasons liberals have taken such a beating in the last few decades.
As plainly stupid as religious belief or participating in immoral and illegal wars may be, the castrated left can only argue against these things by appealing to reason. In America, that fails every time. We respond best to partisan venom and ad hominem attacks.
The right has no problem painting their opponents as cowards or godless heathens, but liberals—instead of sticking to the merits of their arguments—fight those accusations by leaning right, praising god and guns, and pandering to the people who cling to them. The left has taken to appeasing bullies as their only course to victory. And that’s no victory at all.
Liberals need to start calling a moron a moron—and openly mocking that moron if his positions or actions are indefensible. Just as Limbaugh or Hannity insults the left, tilting the battlefield so liberals are left scrounging for their patriotic bona fides, the left must begin attacking stupidity whether in the form of religious nonsense, “free market” capitalism or military worship.
Instead of blowing the troops every chance we get, to prove our patriotism and insulate ourselves against attacks from the right, liberals should grow a pair and start dishing the damnation.
How despicable must a military campaign be before Americans turn on their beloved troops? After chiding the “War on Toddlers” as fool-headed and pointlessly barbaric, would Keith Olbermann still thank the troops for their service? After the “Great Grandmother Slaughter of 2010,” will the press remove the fat military cock from its mouth? Following “Operation Murder Fluffy Kittens,” will the left finally nix the “honored service” crap? No. No, they won’t.
Condemning the “troops”—a term coined during the Gulf War—is almost unthinkable. And it won’t win you any awards. “Troops” are a monolithic entity, a cohesive group of pride-inspiring order-takers. Whereas an individual soldier is accountable for his or her actions, the “troops” are too abstract to blame. For Americans, there are only bad apples, never bad orchards.
But what kind of world would we rather live in: one where fools are admired for being fooled and murderers are extolled for murdering, or one where we have the capacity to step back and say, “I don’t care who told you to do what and why; you’re still an asshole!” Personally, I’d rather live in a world where people who act like retards are treated like retards: executed in Texas.
Americans fear the truth. It’s the slipperiest slope of all. Once we start extending responsibility beyond those who gave orders to those who took them, it won’t be long before we’re blaming ourselves. And we can’t have that.
Well, guess what, kids? The Iraq debacle is a pointless bloodbath—and every time you applaud those who “bravely” fill that tub, you’re soaking in it.
Oooohhhh, he’s classy alright! Let’s all sing his praises together and join hands in one big liberal celebration of hatred for the troops. Now I seriously have to ask… Do liberals really hate the troops? If not, why align yourselves with a Class 1 SCUMBAG? Even if somebody does something you like once, are you really going to throw yourselves at the altar of him after reading his diatribe full of disgusting hate for troops and frankly un-American sentiments? From what I’ve read in the blogosphere, seen on the liberal networks, and gathered from liberal print— yeah, liberals really are that un-American nowadays. They say that they are true Americans and they love this country, meanwhile they run around expressing “Solidarity”, paraphrasing the writings of Hitler and his National Socialist Worker’s Party platform without any idea that they are, and use pictures of Wisconsin in the shape of a fist… Yeah, the fist is a socialist image and socialism is distinctly un-American in it’s principles.
If the issue in Wisconsin was about American principles and proper democratic process, these AWOL Dems would be there. If it was about collective bargaining apart from socialist and communists ideals, the CPUSA, SDS, and assorted other agenda driven groups would have NOT been there. But sadly, the whole issue in Wisconsin has turned out to be a struggle for power between a state, Wisconsin, following the Constitution and opportunistic groups manipulating the Democrats and liberals into thinking that their ideals are one and the same. I could be mistaken but is THIS what the teachers of Wisconsin really do to protest?
It’s gut-check time Liberals… do you love America or just love being a pawn? Do you feel that America would be best if we scrapped her altogether and remade her in the image of Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela, or any of a variety of Communist hellholes that we have either fought in wars or systematically disassembled to provide the citizens with a better life that is full of freedoms? Time to ask yourselves whether America should just throw away her amazing grace and beauty to follow in the images of oppression, manipulation, gulags, poverty, and permanent prison internment(lifelong disappearing acts) for those who decry the ruling class… what do you think? Before you deny that this is what socialism looks like, think back to the days of Stalin, Lenin, Khrushchev, Ho Chi Minh, Mao Zedong, Tito, Kim Jong Il, or Castro. These are some of the more popular names of Socialism and Communism. Is that the kind of leadership that you want to have ruling over you? Or do you only envision it over Conservatives and you will be spared?
I’m warning you… think long and hard about this. You are wrapping yourselves up in a circle of friends that includes the SDS(Students for a Democratic Society), CPUSA(Communist Party USA), Code Pink and one of their founders:Medea Benjamin, WWP(Workers World Party), and of course scumbags like Ian Murphy. These are all key participants amongst others in the most recent days of protest in Wisconsin.
Is this the party that you identify yourself with? Or do you think that it’s time to analyze how your Democratic party has been compromised and they are redirecting you to a whole new agenda? Do you really agree with Ian when he says “So, 4000 rubes are dead. Cry me the Tigris. Another 30,000 have been seriously wounded. Boo fucking hoo. They got what they asked for—and cool robotic limbs, too.” Is that what is in your heart?
Define yourself before your party defines you.