Erick Erickson, the editor of RedState, has just given us fodder to use for the rest of the year. In an attempt at being politically savvy--and by telling himself that what they do is somehow akin to being a "soldier" in a "war"--Erickson has decided that conservatives need to field-organize like progressives. And what better way to motivate the "troops" for activism than by inventing your own unit crest which, of course, replicates those worn by actual combatants in real wars?
This is the unit insignia of the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment:
And this is the unit insignia of the RedState Army’s Strike Force:
Like many chickenhawks who struggle with what it means to be a man in the modern era, Erickson and the "soldiers" in his budding "Strike Force" have again tried to imitate serving in the military without actually having to don a uniform, pick up a weapon, or sacrifice much of anything at all. However, by creating this make-believe world in which RedState activists are members of a military-like "Strike Force," they're actually quite a lot like the
Dungeons and Dragons fans LARPers in the video below pretending to be wizards, basilisks, and gorgons.
So not only has RedState designed a military unit crest, but they’ve now painted themselves as hopeless dorks, lunging clumsily for political relevance with a ham-handed attempt at jumpstarting a field organization.
So I wish Erick and his Strike Force the best of luck in 2009. May they successfully clear their objectives and sustain no casualties in the process.
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