Q&A Friday #18: Dealing With The Chickenhawk “Argument”

Question: How do you respond to a liberal that says stuff like, “If you support Chimpy McHalliburtonstein’s war, then you should fight it. If not you are a hypocrite, zionist pig!!!!” I am exaggerating a bit, but you get my drift.” — bomberman

Answer: So basically, how do you respond to someone who says, “You’re a chickenhawk if you support the war and don’t sign up for the military?”

How about, “If you feel that way, then why aren’t you supporting your position by going to Iraq to be a human shield?”

or

“Well, if that’s what you believe, then shouldn’t you never criticize the President since you’ve never been President yourself?”

or

“Does that mean that you should join the police department if you want cops to arrest crooks? Does it you mean that you think that only someone willing to join the fire department should expect firemen to put out burning buildings?”

The whole chickenhawk “argument” (and I use that word loosely in this case) is just a silly little tactic to shut down debate. Nothing more, nothing less. Since that’s the case, it doesn’t deserve to be treated as a well reasoned argument made by a serious person.

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