Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Give war a chance.

William Kristol, in the Weekly Standard, writes that he hopes the Republican candidate in the next presidential election will awaken the country from its war-weariness. Seriously. He thinks the public needs to awakened and rallied, at the latest, by the time of the next presidential election. (Kristol is worried that might be too late.) Otherwise, what? We might get too used to peace? We might enjoy too much the fruits of reduced defense spending? We might not have the stomach to fight Iran or Russia, or whomever the war-mongers think we should choose as our next enemy?

I say cheers to Bill Kristol for his honesty. And if the Republicans want to rally the public to war by the time of the next election, I say they should go for it. They could borrow some campaign slogans from Orwell, the guy who came up with such classics as WAR IS PEACE.

Here are some other Republican campaign slogans I would suggest for the midterms, or the next presidential campaign:

WHO NEEDS HEALTH INSURANCE WHEN YOU CAN ALWAYS GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM?

THE PROBLEM WITH POOR PEOPLE IS THEY HAVE TOO MUCH MONEY!

Let's not have the kind of election campaign we had in the 2010 midterms, when the Republicans tried to blame President Obama for the deficit, forgetting it was mostly caused by the Bush recession. When they kept repeating the lie that the Obama stimulus failed, when every reputable economic study showed that it kept the country out of a much worse recession. And when they tried to scare seniors into thinking Democrats were robbing Medicare, ignoring the fact that they planned deep cuts in benefits, while the Democrats planned only cost savings.

Republicans, follow the shining example of William Kristol, and be honest about what your party stands for! Come right out and say you are for rallying the country for another war. That you don't think people should have the right to affordable health insurance. And that in this time of record economic inequality, you believe that the poor and middle class should get even less and the rich should keep more.

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