Today as I drove through "Questa Verde", my modest home and a soaring apotheosis of suburban rectitude, I was assailed by a popular uprising - Williamson County style. Thousands (well, 15 or 16) of stalwart citizens felt passionate enough to stand in the cracked mud on the side of the road in the 100 degree heat and demonstrate for their cause.
“This is indeed powerful”, I said to myself, “and deeply moving” (I talk this way to myself). They were holding identical signs and every time a car went by they pumped their arms up and down in an enthusiastic way. Sitting at a red light, crammed between a Barbie Hummer (don’t ask) and a Lincoln Navigator, I had ample time to witness their protest.
"SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND PRESIDENT BUSH"
When and how, did support for the troops become inextricably linked to support for the Bush administration?
When did they become the same thing?
By linking support for the troops – something that everybody feels (who doesn’t support our troops, I want names and numbers) – to support for a political agenda, you have made supporting the Bush administration the patriotic thing to do! This makes me want to grind the enamel off my teeth! The intentional conflation of patriotism/support for the war in Iraq/support for the Bush administration is a wonderful legerdemain meant to bypass constructive electrical activity in your brain.
Lets review, mes amis, mes semblables
- The troops - we love them, we care about them, and we feel guilty about the fact that they are risking their butts while we risk nothing. Also, we feel a collective sense of guilt for the way we treated the veterans of Viet Nam. Therefore we support them.
- The War in Iraq- the essential way we must support the troops is to support the war in Iraq. If we do not think it is a just war, a necessary war, indeed a noble war, we are not supporting the troops.
- The Bush Administration – it has prosecuted this just, necessary, noble war in Iraq.
- Therefore - to support the troops, one must support the war and the Bush administration.
The Bush administration would prefer you do not decode or detangle this little deductive pretzel.