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  •  It seems like the answer is always the same (4+ / 0-)
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    kovie, Wood Dragon, nominalize, Aquarius40

    We have a big enemy? - Then we need to build up the military.

    Don't have a big enemy? - Then we need to build up the military.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:35:59 AM PST

    •  Or, don't have an enemy--invent or provoke one (1+ / 0-)
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      Wood Dragon

      I can never be sure as to whether these chickenhawks keep stirring up shit because they really do believe we've got mortal enemies who not only want to but can destroy us, because they fear that we might someday have such enemies and should be ready for them if they come, because they enjoy playing toy general, or because they're just shilling for military contractors.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:02:55 PM PST

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    •  It works on a personal level, too (2+ / 0-)
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      vcmvo2, ColoTim

      Have someone coming after you? - Buy more guns.

      Don't have anyone coming after you? - Buy more guns.  

      Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

      by nominalize on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:40:59 PM PST

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      •  Motivation is a little different (1+ / 0-)
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        When politicians in Washington talk about building up the military, they mean buying more expensive stuff, including the stuff from defense contractors in the politician's own district.

        They certainly don't mean spending more to improve compensation and benefits for members of the military or veterans.

        They don't really want a big military for the sake of defeating enemies.

        The enemies they're after are their own opponents in the next election, so support from defense contractors is good. For them.

        •  Is it? (0+ / 0-)

          Personal firearms are pretty big business in a lot of red districts.  Maybe not quite as big as defense contracting, but big still.

          Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

          by nominalize on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 10:57:30 PM PST

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