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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

"A Vote For Bush is a Vote for Bin Laden"

That's the new T-shirt slogan that has The Young Curmudgeon so ticked off today.

I left a longish comment on it on his blog post about it, and decided that perhaps what I really wanted to do was make my own post/rant from those comments- so here, slightly adapted:

"a vote for bush is a vote for bin laden". Jeez. Like, I'm totally sure they agree on foreign policy especially. Both pro-Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, both want Washington DC hit with a suitcase nuke, etc. How moronic. At least he could have said something like "A vote for Bush is a vote for War/death/the rich/big oil" which would have been a more intelligent. I can only think that he must mean that a vote for Bush promotes anti-american sentiment that Bin Laden would capitalize on, which granted is a pretty complex statement to reduce to a t-shirt effectively. Still, it's a real oversimplification of one tiny part of the whole geopolitical picture.

He might have been making a comparison between Bush and Bin Laden's methods: they are both perceived to be wealthy religious people, politically motivated agressors who use blowing up buildings and killing people to achieve their goals. But this is even a flawed analogy. One might as well say "a vote for Churchill is a vote for Hitler" or “a vote for Sharon is a vote for Arafat" .. Assuming that Al Qaeda is even conducting a Clauswitzean war that is meant to achieve political ends "by other means" the way Bush is. I suspect it's more of a political "statement",an end in itself. Again, it's apples and oranges. Nonsensical slogans like that sound like those brave new world/v for vendetta/1984 "nightmare totalitarian future" brand of newspeak: freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, etc

Even if what mr. t-shirt was saying was true, wouldn't the converse ( or is it inverse, I always forget) be true: would a vote for Bin Laden then be a vote for Bush?

If so, those lefties better start ramping up some aggressive support for the War on Terror/Islamofascism- so we don't all inadventantly end up supporting the far worse evil of President Bush! Maybe It's a slippery slope here, lefties- a little terrorist-sympathizing now could lead to a NeoCon/Bush win in November!! Horrors!

Maybe we can give the anti-Bush crowd a t-shirt that could read:

Posted by Rex @ 10:46 AM

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