In one corner, the indefatigable Ben Shapiro:
“I’m Ben Shapiro.”
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.
In the other corner, the indefatigable Ben Shapiro:
“No, you ass, I’m Ben Shapiro.”
Well, the problem with [the 'live and let live' mentality] is that when you ask society to tolerate and accept what you’re doing, then really you are forcing your opinion on someone else, you are affecting me. It’s not just you doing something privately in your own home and not asking me about it, it’s you asking me about it and then saying that you have a right to do it and forcing your opinion on me.
While they’re beating each other up, let’s return to the ‘chickenhawk’ question in the latest Shapiro column:
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.
Isn’t this supposed to be a war? A war to the bitter end against an axis of evil, intent on destroying Western civilization? A war in which the future of the free world hangs in balance? Threats of suitcase nukes, etc? Yet all of a sudden, Ben’s likening it to a debate on tax policy.
This is the old “We’re at war!/ Well, it’s not like an actual war-war, exactly” trick in action. We’ll explore this trick in greater detail anon, but suffice to say that as soon as any notion of ‘sacrifice’ comes into things, the stick-wavers and scaremongers go stampeding for the exits, pleading personal choice and individual freedom, and forgetting all about the gigantic global emergency they were yelling about just two seconds before.
They do it literally every time. One moment, the War on Terror is like the fight against Hitler. The next, they’re all like, “I don’t see what my enlisting would accomplish,” and treating it like a televised sporting event where a citizen’s sole duty is to root for the home team. Then before you know it, they’re back to yelling that America is under attack, and we’re all literally going to die if we don’t boldly face the enemy.
The “chickenhawk” argument proves only one point: The left is incapable of discussing foreign policy in a rational manner. They must resort to purely emotional, base personal attacks in order to forward their agenda.
We were just busy reading Juan Cole on the Iraqi parliamentary process, but yes, we are unable to avoid noting that Ben Shapiro is a pee-gargling monster twat.
Broadband raw Iraq war footage bonus: Calling Private Shapiro…