Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

November 18, 2003

by V

Two can play

For the 2002 elections, some clever Republicans made signs saying "We support President Bush and the troops", neatly attempting to:
  1. tie together people's military and political loyalties, and
  2. imply that Democrats are all weak anti-American wimps
In the spirit of Dean's fighting of classic Republican memes on his own terms, I don't see why a sign like this shouldn't become widely used:
I support Gov. Howard Dean and our Troops
Besides, it's true. (And feel free to copy the graphic.)
Posted by V at November 18, 2003 08:38 AM

Man, that's a great graphic. Don't let the other guys get away with calling Democrats unpatriotic and unsupportive.

It would be refreshing to see the military removed from this chessboard. And not just for reasons of politics, but for advancing diplomacy.

Bush & co would not have been able to go to war unilaterally in Iraq (coalition of the willing? hello Uzbekistan, thanks Bulgaria!) were it not for the staggering amount of land we occupy in Europe.

Closing all of our overseas bases and bring the troops home. This forces our politicians to become better diplomats. I can hear all the chickenhawks screaming -- Iran! Korea! But let's have a little realpolitik for a moment: if N.Korea goes south, the world will be behind S.Korea.

The added benefit of having our troops home is that then they can begin inspecting containers and patrolling the borders for real homeland security.


Posted by: Gerry at November 19, 2003 02:56 PM

Glad you like it!

If anyone's interested in a higher-resolution one, I'm sure I could put one together.

Posted by: V at November 23, 2003 12:40 PM

Recommended Reading:

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