Captain Jack

Let’s have a little fun with a short little quiz. It’s more of a personality test, but it’s fun just the same.

1.   How susceptible are you to deceptive marketing and sales techniques? A lot? A little? Not much? Not at all?

I can predict with 90% certainty that if you replied “Not at all”, you are the most susceptible. It’s a proven fact that those who know they need to be on the lookout for deception are best able to spot it and avoid it. Those who feel they aren’t at risk don’t watch.

I can also say that the majority of you who said “Not at all” are Republicans. More on this shortly.

2.   Does the term “War on Drugs” mean more to you than saying “A concerted campaign to fight drugs”?

3. Does the term “War on Poverty” mean more to you than saying “A concerted campaign to fight poverty”?

What is the “war on drugs”? What is a war without boundaries and armies? It’s nothing but a deceptive marketing campaign.

Now for the kicker…

4. Does the term “Global War on Terror” mean more to you than saying “A concerted campaign to fight terrorism worldwide”?

If you said yes to either #2 or #3, you certainly said yes to the last one.

What is the War on Terror? What are the boundaries? Where are the armies? There is no war, it’s just another marketing campaign.

Being susceptible to deceptive sales schemes has little to do with intelligence. The smartest people can fall prey to deceptive campaigns.

So why do I say Republicans are more susceptible to deceptive sales pitches? The answer lies in a well known research known as “The Authoritarian Followers“. It’s rooted in a Conservative’s need to follow orders and respect authority.

So, if the Global War on Terror is a hoax, then how can we be saying anyone is an enemy combatant? The world is full of crazies like Timothy McVeigh who want to kill lots of people to bring about one change or another, but by the end of the day, they’re all just common criminals, sure some are more deadly than others but murder is murder. And criminals should have their day in court in order to save the innocent from years of confinement and torture.

Trying Terrorists in Criminal Courts

Trying Terrorists in Criminal Courts
Captain Jack

So Obama wants to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in America’s criminal courts like Clinton tried McVeigh in criminal courts. Should we? Isn’t he a terrorists? Isn’t he supposed to be tried like an enemy combatant?

I must ask you, if he’s a combatant, what war is he a warrior of? Iraq didn’t attack us on 9/11 and neither did Afghanistan. So, who is he a warrior for?

I’m sure you’re not going to say he’s a warrior for the enemies of our war on terror. There is no “war” on terror just like there’s no war on drugs and no war on poverty, it’s just a marketing brand.

Should he be granted the rights defined in America’s constitution? He’s a terrorist for crap’s sake.

Well, for anyone who graduated elementary school, you’ve certainly read the constitution and you know that our freedoms apply to “persons” not just American citizens. So, the answer is, yes, of course he gets his day in court, and a real court, not a kangaroo court or military tribunal.

But the thing that pains me the most is that he’s been imprisoned for about a fifth of his life, much of it accompanied with torture and he has never had his day in court. This is so against our laws that whoever put him in Guantanamo should certainly be shot. Of course, not before he gets his day in court. What makes you think I’m talking about Bush? 🙂

This is a big step in the right direction for America. We’re beginning, just beginning to get some sensibility back in our government. We’re beginning to honor the constitution after 8 long years of criminal administration.

So why is there such a vocal opposition to this? Do so many people really hate what America stands for and hate what’s in our constitution or are they just scaredy pants? Shame on them.