Soundbites:

Powerful Weapons for Dissenters

By John "Birdman" Bryant

 

It has been said that political debate has been stymied by television, because the only political arguments which tv has time for are short ones suitable for the six o'clock news, ie, 'soundbites'. However, as someone who has a very short attention span for long-winded arguments, I actually regard this as an improvement over past political debate -- it makes mealy-mouth obfuscation difficult, and gets to the point before I click the remote. Or to put it another way, it gives people with good arguments a chance to pin their opponents to the mat, because most good arguments can be powerfully summarized as soundbites, and can thus enable those who support the good arguments to sink their teeth into their opponents' jugulars. To prove my point, I cite below the major political issues of the day, and offer a soundbite for each which I consider sufficient to foreclose further debate.

(Early-term) Abortion: Abortion is really a question of property rights: If a woman owns her own body, then she has a right to do with it as she pleases, including the expulsion of jelly-blobs; while if she is forbidden by law from doing so, then this implies that her body is owned by the State -- and that's slavery. As to the notion that a fertilized egg is a 'person', this is as absurd as saying that an unfertilized egg is a half- person, or that a man who masturbates -- or a woman who doesn't try to get pregnant at every opportunity -- is guilty of murder.

Birth-defect euthanasia: Either the parents own the child, or the State does; so if the parents own the child, then they can do with it what they want; while if the State owns the child, then let them support the bastard.

Consensual sex between adults, including 'deviant' sex: If there is to be any limit on State power (ie, if we are not to embrace totalitarianism), then this limit must surely forbid the State from regulating our private intimate behavior, particularly sex.

Pornography: There is virtually no evidence to show that porn is harmful, while it is obvious to anyone with half a brain that it is both harmless and in fact actually good: Harmless because so many people use it without going crazy or growing hair on their palms, and good because (1) it provides so many with pleasure, and (2) it helps a man get it up and keep it up.

Recreational drugs: If there is to be any limit on State power (ie, if we are not to embrace totalitarianism), then this limit must surely forbid the State from regulating our intimate behavior, including what we put into our bodies. More particularly, the notion that the State should forbid use of certain drugs is a socialist idea whose root notion is that it is the State which is responsible for the individual, and not the individual himself. But since socialism is a failed notion, it is better that the State penalize individuals for improper behavior, and not for taking a drug which may or may not cause improper behavior. And by the way, how did America manage to survive its first 300 years without any drug laws?

War on Drugs: The CIA is probably the world's biggest illegal drug dealer, and the purpose of the so-called War on Drugs is apparently to stymie the competition. The CIA's involvement with drugs has been documented many times, but particularly by Alfred W McCoy's The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade

Prescription medicine, nutritional substances: If there is to be any limit on State power (ie, if we are not to embrace totalitarianism), then this limit must surely forbid the State from regulating our intimate behavior, including what we put into our bodies. More particularly, the notion that the State should forbid use of certain drugs is a socialist idea whose root notion is that it is the State which is supposed to be responsible for the individual, and not the individual himself. But since socialism is a failed notion, it is better that the State allow people to suffer (or enjoy) the consequences of their own free choices, rather than presuming that bureaucrats, whose major interest is getting a promotion or improving their golf game, can make a better and more informed choice than the individual who must endure the consequences of the choice.

Conventional versus alternative medicine: Properly prescribed drugs in hospitals are responsible for more than 100,000 deaths per year; but if even a tiny fraction of this number of deaths were ascribed to alternative medicine, it would be banned. And in spite of considerable pressure from conventional medicine to restrict or ban alternative treatments, about half of all visits to professional healers are now made to alternative practitioners. The only conclusion is that alternative medicine is satisfying patients, and conventional medicine is as dangerous as hell.

The Holocaust controversy: It is obvious that the supporters of the Orthodox Jewish Version of the Holocaust are wrong for the simple reason that they not only refuse to debate, but have exerted extreme effort to suppress debate by securing passage of laws in most Western countries making debate illegal. If the OJV were true, they wouldn't fear debate; but since they do, we know not only that they are wrong, but that they know they are wrong.

Racism: Racism is nothing but the natural and universally-held desire to live, work, mingle and marry with those of one's own race; and anyone who is not racist is merely one who has suppressed his natural desires in the interests of political nonsense. Multiculturalism -- the program of embracing racial and ethnic mixing in opposition to racism -- is put forth by those who wish to destroy Western culture by the racial conflict and resulting social turmoil it invariably causes, and to destroy the white race which created that culture.

Black-White equality: If all races are equal, then why do blacks lag behind when all other races and ethnic groups have historically become economically equal or superior to indigenous whites within a generation or two? And don't answer 'discrimination', because several of those races and ethnic groups were discriminated against just as much as blacks, eg, Orientals and Irish.

Affirmative action: Affirmative action is discrimination against white males, so if minorities and women are 'equal', as the liberals claim they are, then they don't deserve the benefit of affirmative action since they have the ability to rise on their own; while if they are inferior, they don't deserve the benefit of affirmative action because inferiors do not deserve to be jumped ahead of superiors.

Tolerance: Tolerance is usually just a call for people -- usually whites -- to capitulate to minority race-hustlers' demands -- usually outrageous, and thus intolerable.

Welfare: It is wrong to forcibly take a man's hard-earned money and give it to others who did not earn it -- that's known in places other than Washington as stealing.

Gun control: Statistics clearly show that, as the title of a recent book has put it, More Guns, Less Crime. But an even more important reason for keeping gun ownership legal is political -- it is the citizens' collective last-line-of-defense against the tyranny of an ever-growing, intrusive and increasingly-totalitarian government.

Liberal media: The liberal bias of the media has been shown in many ways, one being that about 90% of top media people voted for Clinton in 1992.

Media controlled by Jews: Read Dr William Pierce's essay 'Who Rules America' at the National Vanguard website.

The income tax: The three basic arguments against the income tax are that it is intrusive, inefficient and a malincentive: Intrusive, because it gives government bureaucrats the right to stick their noses into one of the most intimate parts of our lives; inefficient, because the cost to both the government and the citizen is a very substantial percentage of what the government actually collects; and a malincentive, because it taxes production -- thereby penalizing it and reducing its amount -- rather than taxing spending (as a national sales tax would do), which would encourage thrift.

Size of government: Socialism is the proposition that the State must be responsible for the individual, as opposed to capitalism, where the individual is responsible for himself; and ever since FDR set government on a socialist course, government has grown enormously. But socialism is a proved failure, so it is high time that government retire from the business of managing its citizens' lives, get back to its very minimal duties as set out by the Constitution, and -- above all -- return to the taxpayers the money which it has taken in taxes to fund all its 'helpful' programs.

Foreign wars: What other countries do is none of America's business unless it constitutes a threat to America's interests; and by this criterion, there has not been one single war, from the Civil War to the bombing of Yugoslavia, which has been justified. A commitment to freedom is more than just a commitment to one's own freedom: It is a commitment to leave others alone, and in particular to allow them the freedom to find their own way in this world, irrespective of how imperfect their behavior may be.

UFOs: Because there are some forty thousand reports of UFOs every year, it is obvious that something is going on, but the scientific establishment refuses to investigate it, most probably because they are afraid they will discover -- or perhaps already know -- that the UFO believers are right.

Existence of God: It's easy to prove God doesn't exist -- just raise your middle finger, point it at the sky, and yell: 'Hey, you big overblown over- praised mother-fucker, if you are so God-damned all-powerful, then strike me down -- asshole.' When nothing happens, the point is proved, QED.

Soundbites can be quite snappy, can they not?

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