Written By: Adam Peach
“You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists” – the famous catchphrase from the Bush Administration when rallying for support to invade Iraq.
We’re seeing this draconian ideology once again in the wake of the “fake news” debate that has been waging lately.
In the video below, Congressman Adam Schiff accuses News Anchor Tucker Carlson of “carrying water for the Kremlin” for simply asking the Congressman to tell the audience whether or not the claims that Russia is responsible for the leaked Clinton and Podesta emails is based on facts or not.
In other words, by questioning their authority you are helping the enemy, in their eyes.
This intimidating rhetoric is exactly what causes so much divide in Nations. “you’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists”… such an immature approach to conflict-resolution, reminiscent of sports-fans rooting for their team or against the opposition.
The same was evident during the election when a video surfaced of Presidential-Elect Donald Trump disrespecting woman everywhere with his inappropriate comments to another man. This video, and the type of attention it got in the media, spread a sickening idea that caused a LOT of divide. The idea that if you are not with us (the dnc), then you support woman haters, and racists. Ignoring any intelligent conversation whatsoever, based on the same “you’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists” mentality. I do not agree with Trump’s comments, nor do I support him politically. However, intimidating others from asking questions based on your ideas is downright bullying and not in any way democratic. It’s actually kinda fascist.
“Restraint? Why are you so concerned with saving their lives? The whole idea is to kill the bastards. At the end of the war if there are two Americans and one Russian left alive, we win.”
General Thomas Power, US Air Force, 1960
This mentality is alive and well and needs to be abolished within our governments. This is not an adult way of thinking. It’s childish, foolish, dumb-founded and based on hate. This is not how we overcome our adversaries, whoever they may be.
If we are not allowed to ask questions then my friends, we do not live an a democracy. Stop fooling yourselves.