Friday, August 18, 2006

Supine Support for Staff

This article from the Mercury News, published on 17th August 2006, highlights the cowardice displayed by the Democrat congressional campaigner, Coleen Rowley, in dealing with an unpaid member of staff's weblog in which he calls for the legalisation of all drugs. This may cost David Bailey his unpaid job. By capitulating to the opposition's slurring of David Bailey's stance on the "drug war", the Democrat campaigner has subliminally endorsed the opposition's viewpoint and has cravenly failed to debate the subject matter.


Bob said...

Politics is nasty, especially if its near the vote, add to that the fact that most of the voters dont think properly about the issues and its easy for things like this to work.
It reminds me of a story I heard about a US election years ago, where one of the candidates started a rumor that the other party had 'relations' with his pigs. He knew it wasn't true, but wanted the man to deny it, because as soon as he denyed it people would think it was true.

800 pound gorilla said...

False associations is the preferred tactic of liars. You find within a significant plurality of people who express one viewpoint [like opposition to an illegal invasion for instance]who riot, loot, or express racist viewpoints or any other unpopular or antisocial view, and then you associate that viewpoint with the criminals or ne'erdowells within that organization.

A fictional case would be a popular "people's movement" within China interested in overthrowing the government using peaceful means. Among those who wish to overthrow the government are reactionary Maoists who want to return to "the good ole daze" of open violent repression. All the government or anyone who wished to send troops to intervene in this civil war on behalf of the Chinese government elite [they have lost control of military like they did in Russia in the early 90s] is associate the popular movement with the goons on the fringe. In other words represent the atypical as typical to gain popular support - as they do on so called "anti drug" ads and "drug education" on taxpayer funded websites.