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02/24/2018

Virtue Signaling! Its Not just for SJW’s any more


Or how the world went to shit on May 10th 2017 in one paragraph or less

Vocabulary for today kids!

ad hominem
[ad hom-uh-nuh m -nem]

1. appealing to one’s prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one’s intellect or reason.
2. attacking an opponent’s character rather than answering his argument.
Thank you dictionary.com

And

virtue signaling
noun
an attempt to show other people that you are a good person, for example by expressing opinions that will be acceptable to them, especially on social media:
Virtue signaling is the popular modern habit of indicating that one has virtue merely by expressing disgust or favor for certain political ideas or cultural happenings.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/virtue-signalling#translations

Preface, Yes I am a US veteran, US Army Armor crewman and later officer..

Okay on 10 May Arvin Vohra pulled an ad hominem attack against pretty much all veterans in general and specifically aimed at all United States veterans in particular. In it he made a crucial error by alluding to all Veterans as some sort of mass murderers because they served.

To be fair Arvin was aiming at the Military Industrial Complex,  and missed. After this he did send an open letter in the Independent Political Report  trying to ameliorate the outrage he was feeling from certain Veterans and associated groups. But in the end he hasn’t retracted the original statement to my knowledge, if I am incorrect, please send me a link and I will delightfully retract this sentence.
But let me be to the point, this attack was mere virtue signaling, designed to elicit a response from his core constituency, all while deluding himself to the response from those this ad hominem attack was perpetrated against. While accidentally giving our political opponents aid and comfort.

Let me be clear, THIS IS POLITICS, you do not give your opponent a weapon to use against you, and Arvin you did exactly that. Now Libertarians, anarchist, anarcho-capitalist and minarchist can ignore the political reality of what happened, but the LP will not ignore the effect of ignoring it.

And these remarks are going cost the Libertarian Party politically, while I suspect there are some in the LP who fear growing the party, and as such can look the other way, you know who you are and so do I, and yes I count more than a few with this perception as political allies and as Personal Friends.
However, I sincerely feel as a party we are going to have to reach out to a much larger number of people, 90% of the US population is or has a relative who is a Veteran.
How hard is it going to be to reach these people who in reality will never read Arvins actual statements but will hear via 2nd hand sound bites that Libertarians hate Veterans. With those same sound bites pointing back to Arvin and his association to the LP in general.

Our political opponents will latch onto this sound bite and beat us to death with shit like this.
Don’t believe me, do you remember ALEPPO?,,,, anyone, hmm??? And that wasn’t an inflammatory ad hominem attack

I know Officially the LP hasn’t said anything other than Carla Howells May 31 2017 “Military personnel a vital part of Libertarian Party” press release, which by the way was a great unofficial retort of Arvins remarks However, it does nothing to officially censure Arvin for those remarks.

While I don’t want Arvin cashiered out the door, I do urge censure for him for the good of those who would be down stream candidates so they can at least point out the remarks in question were publicly rebuked by National.

I understand a great deal of people disagree with this position and I respect that , but this sincerely needs to be done.

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