Thursday, August 18, 2005


Ben Shapiro covers his ass.
The "chickenhawk" argument is dishonest. It is dishonest because the principle of republicanism is based on freedom of choice about behavior (as long as that behavior is legal) as well as freedom of speech about political issues. We constantly vote on activities with which we may or may not be intimately involved. We vote on police policy, though few of us are policemen; we vote on welfare policy, though few of us either work in the welfare bureaucracy or have been on welfare; we vote on tax policy, even if some of us don't pay taxes. The list goes on and on. Representative democracy necessarily means that millions of us vote on issues with which we have had little practical experience. The "chickenhawk" argument -- which states that if you haven't served in the military, you can't have an opinion on foreign policy -- explicitly rejects basic principles of representative democracy.
Actually, I don't remember anyone saying "if you haven't served in the military, you can't have an opinion on foreign policy." I know I haven't.

Ben, what you won't say is why you won't volunteer to fight. Look, the Army needs people. You've supported the war and should be willing to put your own ass on the line. Period.

Don't give me the line that you're a sorry ass wimp and wouldn't do well in the military. It's bullshit. Military training has been making men out of doughy little punks like you since Alexander said "Get up, we're going to Persia." If everyone was ready for military service we wouldn't need boot camp.

Don't tell me you can serve better here by tapping away at your keyboard. Trust me, I've pulled a tour in the GWOT and the difference between what you're doing and what soldiers do in country is the difference between saying you believe in God and living like you do. And that goes for every soldier, from the Rangers to the pay clerks. Besides, the Army assures you that you'll still have plenty of free time for your cute little hobbies.

The truth is that there's only one reason you won't go. You're chickenshit. The whole "Michael Moore despises the Constitution because he doesn't believe in civilian rule" argument is ridiculous. I don't care if someone served as long as they'll do a good job as a legislator. (Do I think service helps? Sure.) But we're not talking about civilian rule, Benjamin. We're talking about you.

You love to rattle on about the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as if you understand them, but you and the other members of the Order of the White Feather seem to forget that the men who signed the Declaration were willing to pledge their "Lives...Fortunes and (their) sacred Honor" for what they believed in. If you can't do the same, you are unworthy to use their noble words as a fig leaf for your cowardice.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Pet Jawa did a survey of bloggers who have served broken down right versus left and I think you need to put your two cents in.

10:04 AM  

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