Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Why the Democrats Must Replace Dan Seals: Lord Haw-Haw Requests Your Vote

Remember Lord Haw-Haw? I didn't figure you did; I don't remember Lord Haw-Haw either. The greatest generation knew precisely who he was, a German propaganda operative working to destroy the spirit and soul of troops fighting against the Nazi scourge. Lord Haw-Haw belongs to an earlier day, when the only electronic medium was radio and propaganda efforts were easy to identify.

Caleb Davis is the new star of a political ad on television for Dan Seals. In it, he identifies himself--never by name--as a Iraqi veteran. In the ad he makes allegations about Mark Kirk that would have you believe that supporting the a vote for Kirk is a vote against not only America's soldiers but America itself. Kirk, one of only two members of Congress serving as a drilling reservist, and has a long history of supporting veterans.

War has its casualties and its only victims are not only those who are injured, maimed or killed. It takes a terrible emotional and mental toll on some of its participants, and that is how I choose to see Caleb Davis, who from all evidence honorably served the American cause in Iraq through his discharge from service. For some time now, Mr. Davis--a resident of Peoria--has been active with a group who claims that 9/11 was an inside job by the US government who sought to drum up public support for a war in the middle east. Odd as this may seem, this view is held widely throughout the middle east, even among the intelligent and the educated. But my problem with Mr. Davis is not that he is wrong or that he has cast himself into a bad lot. No one would want to deny Mr. Davis' free speech, a right to which Mr. Davis arguably was willing to give his life.

For a number of years I have followed this "inside job" theory, read the arguments and seen the videos, many of which a patriotic American would find sickening. My conclusion is that this is classic enemy propaganda, and much of it is done extremely well. It is not surprising that among those who hate or distrust the US government this theory has found a happy home.

It is time for Democrats and Republicans to join together to call for Mr. Seals' immediate replacement in the 10th District race. Propagating enemy propaganda is not suitable behavior for a candidate for Congress, nor should it be wearing the label of a mainstream political party.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

So because Seals airs a commercial featuring a veteran who is opposed to the war, he should withdraw from the race? That's a hoot! And why should Seals withdraw? Because Publia says so? OK, now all is clear.

Why don't you put a link to the ad up on your blog, like you did with a recent -- and completely incomprehensible -- post on Seals talking with the Tribune? Then people can judge for themselves.

I guess smearing Seals with old Nazi propaganda is better than smearing him with new Nazi propaganda a la Palin and her separatist, nativist, and witch doctor buddies!

But there is still time for you to get around to that -- isn't there?

Oct 15, 2008, 10:20:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Seals is not a Nazi, but as Lord Haw-Haw spoke in defense of the Nazis, Caleb Brown speaks in defense of the enemies of America. If the Democrats are comfortable with their local standard bearer approving of that message, they are far different people than I belived them to be. If you believe this ad is a good idea, God help you.

Oct 16, 2008, 6:43:00 AM  
Blogger El Rider said...

So now Dan Seals is alinged with some 9/11 troofer, can't say that I'm surprised. To anon., Lord Haw Haw was not "Nazi propaganda" and certainly is not "new Nazi propaganda" although one could say that much of the 9/11 troofer movement is a type of Nazi propaganda.

Soon after 9/11 I received an e-mail from an acquaitance (btw, a rabid Democrat and Obama supporter) that included the propaganda that Israeli agents had told Jews not to enter the WTC that morning and the note was accompanied by a now famous photo of dust-covered people leaving Ground Zero. I wrote back to that boob and told him that not only was his idea simple propaganda but that in fact I knew one of the dust-covered people in the accompanying photo. The man in the photo is a fellow trader and is as Jewish as the day is long. Since that time I have wondered about the anti-semitism of the people who support the 9/11 troofer movement. What say anon. and Dan Seals?

Oct 16, 2008, 10:41:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

I have been following that 9/ll troofer stuff for a long time. Millions believe it. Does Dan Seals? That's a valid question. Personally, I think a number of Nazis must have managed to re-locate to where their ideas are enthusiastically received; there isn't much difference between some of the anti-Semitic propaganda coming from the middle east and the Nazi message.

Oct 17, 2008, 11:17:00 AM  

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