Playing on the fears of children

June 18, 2008

I heard about this web ad yesterday from and I felt like I had to come out of my “sabbatical” to address it. I haven’t been posting here for a while because I’ve been busy and life has been pretty uncertain for me for several months. It’s been difficult to focus and think about politics/current events.

Take a look at the ad, and I’ll comment below.

“Not Alex”

(I’ve had a little trouble with this video. If it doesn’t display/play correctly, just hit Refresh on your browser)

Now, we have to remember this is the same group of people who put out the ad below when Gen. Petraeus first came to report to congress about the progress of his strategy in Iraq:

General Betray Us

These folks, along with the Obama campaign, are getting extremely good with public relations. The intention of the Obama and MoveOn campaigns is not to address issues in a serious way, using rational discussion as part of a democratic process. Instead they play on deep primal emotions.

The far left has come to understand the essence of public relations: Play to people’s deep seated fears and desires, and you can not only win office, but also manipulate society towards your ends. The anti-global-warming campaign that’s been going on for several years now isn’t much different. No need to engage in rational debate. Just get people to love you or some cause you want people to support, and hate those who don’t join the group.

Every president since Reagan has used techniques of public relations to get elected to the presidency. What I think is different about groups like MoveOn and the global warming crowd is they’re going all the way with it. I think their ambitions are to not only gain the faith and trust of constituencies, but to also manipulate those constituencies towards a particular end.

The “Not Alex” ad is a case in point. It is in no way rational. If you try to analyze it rationally it falls apart. MoveOn doesn’t care. The ad plays on the primal fears of those who are ignorant about what is going on with the country and the world. It uses a gaffe in expression that McCain committed when talking about the war in Iraq, the statement about “100 years”. He has never advocated for endless war. He meant the “100 years” in the sense of South Korea, Germany, and Japan. We’ve got U.S. troops there right now. They’re there to create security for those countries, not to go after an enemy and risk their lives. There is no draft, and most people and politicians alike oppose it. The military functions better with an all-volunteer force. “Alex’s mother” in the ad says, “You can’t have him.” Fine! Nothing’s saying he has to join. In other words, the ad is clever, but it has no basis for making a point. That doesn’t stop it from trying to make you think it does. This ad in particular is a very cynical ploy.

It’s quite apparent to me that for many anti-war activists they can’t get past the notion that there is no draft. They still think we have one, or that it’s coming back online soon.

This is yet another sign that people are losing their fear of Islamists. MoveOn doesn’t want people afraid of Islamic radicalism. They want people afraid of Republicans, as if they kill people, even our own citizens, out of an evil desire for some sick form of power. These people should look in the mirror once in a while. If you listen to what they want for America, the consequences are more anti-human than what the Republicans are up to.

Ironically the one congressman who tried to bring back the draft a few years ago was New York Democrat Charles Rangel, who is NOT a conservative. Republicans, and most Democrats wanted nothing to do with it, not because it was politically harmful to them, but because a draft actually hampers the effectiveness of the military. Think about it. You’re bringing in a bunch of people who did not choose to be there. Ironically it’s the people who want to be there who are going to do the best job of killing the enemy while at the same time preventing themselves, their brothers and sisters in arms, and innocent civilians from getting killed.

Rational argument is often counter-intuitive, but it is right more often than not.