Chickenhawk Talking Points
The Young Americas Foundation, sponsor of the National Conservative Student Conference, has prepared Chickenhawk Talking Points to help refute the so-called "Chickenhawk Argument."
By definition, Chickenhawks are too old to serve and are therefore not of concern to this blog. However, we'll be presenting each "Chickenhawk Talking Point" separately, along with our comments. Here's the intro:
Beating "Chicken Hawk" Criticism
Leftists frequently avoid debate about the strategic reasons for waging war by personally attacking those who make arguments supporting war. They are quick to label those who support war, but who have not served personally as hypocrites or “Chicken Hawks.” Because the overwhelming majority of our fellow citizens have not served in our nation’s armed forces, the Left wants to prevent or disqualify as many Americans as possible from contributing to the national dialogue.
This blog wants to Support Our President and has not taken a position on the war. We welcome participation in political dialogue by all Americans and are actually trying to support your arguments. However, effective arguments require personal credibility and full disclosure of relevant personal conflicts of interest.
Everyone in America has the right to an opinion, but respect for one's opinions is not a right; it must be earned. That's why we encourage those eligible to serve who want to Support President Bush to consider volunteering for military service, and to share the results of those deliberations when following your advice in discussing the war with "The Left."
As Steve Gilliard put it, if you only support the war as long as "other people" actually fight it, you really don't support the war after all. Even Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield, author of "Manliness," [pictured above], just couldn't find the courage within himself to urge the 2006 National Conservative Student Conference to Be A Man! Enlist!
We're not expecting the Young Americas Foundation to prepare Yellow Elephant Talking Points any time soon.