I am very displeased with the new Anti-Drug commercial airing on broadcast television. This spot features young people describing how they support terrorism by purchasing and using illegal drugs. "Drug money supports terrorism", the banner reads.
The logic is faulty; the effort is deceptive and manipulative. I turned to Jennifer tonight and said "Well, drug money supports McDonalds hamburgers, too -- and automobiles -- and commercial airlines --- and dental care." Demonizing issues does no good.
This technique is far from the exclusive property of the right. On my side of the political spectrum, I become angry when fellow Greens proclaim that oil companies are trying to destroy the planet, for instance.
Hmmm. Oil companies. Jennifer turned to me and responded, "the commercial's claim would probably be more applicable if they were talking about filling up your gask tank."