Neocons Believe Jack Bauer Is Real
by Colin Colenso
difference between Ron Paul supporters and the establishment Republicans,
known widely these days as neo-conservatives, or neocons for short,
is that the neocons tend to believe that characters like Jack Bauer,
and story-lines created in shows like 24 are a close reflection
of what happens in real life.
I shouldn't actually charge the true neocons with such naivety,
really the naivety comes from the neocon followers, who like most
of us, have been fed a steady diet of movies and TV shows glorifying
an endless array of supermen representing the state, of good using
force against evil time and time again, achieving near perfect possible
outcomes. The difference is that the neocon followers have swallowed
such fantasies as a guide to decision making in the real world.
I doubt figureheads
of the neocon movement, such as Bill Buckley, Irving Kristol, Paul
Wolfowitz and Richard Perle are so naive as to think the world works
like an episode of 24. In fact, many neocons are known to
derive their political philosophy from the Straussian ideal of an
elite few ruling over the people utilizing big lies to build their
empire. The neocon figureheads gain power by convincing the gullible
that government, through force, can create Hollywood-like solutions
here on earth.
Ron Paul supporters,
on the other hand, have realized that the many stories sold to them
by the neocons were but a fantastical portrayal of what was going
on in the real world and that the government is no more capable
of pulling off incredible movie-like miracle solutions than it is
of providing good consumer products in a competitive market. To
be a Ron Paul supporter doesn't require that one believes all government
actions are evil, just that the government is not very good at solving
all our problems. Hence, we would be better off with less, rather
than more government power.
followers however, believe that despite some fallibility within
government, there are some powerful, insightful departments and
some incredibly talented super-people within government that can
achieve great successes. That through some clever twist, the government,
as a representative of good, can overcome evil, just as it always
seems to happen in the movies.
followers should reflect upon their own lives, to the times when
they may have tried to use force to overcome an opponent. Did it
work as well as when Clint Eastwood took on a group of bikers, or
as well as when Mel Gibson went psycho in Lethal Weapon when confronted
by a couple of armed drug dealers? Did they come out of it looking
cool, or did most people perceive them as an idiot with a lack of
In real life
force, or the threat of force, is a poor choice of action, a last
resort. Most of us learn that as part of growing up and getting
along, of making friends rather than enemies. It is easier to understand
this in the small scale of things that we experience in our day-to-day
lives. It is when we have to conceptualize situations less familiar
to us, such as terrorism or wars in faraway lands that we have little
to refer to in our experiences than the absurd stories indoctrinated
into us by movies, TV and much of the mainstream media. In those
situations less familiar to us, we may only imagine force as a solution.
wrote "The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem,
it is generally employed only by small children and large nations."
It is little
wonder that around 50%
of all military contributions to Republicans have gone to Ron Paul.
It is revealing that many who are close to the horrors and who see
the ineffectiveness of this war close up doubt their presence will
produce the results that neocons claim.
In the same
way we all should doubt that Jack Bauer and his super-human team
in the Counter Terrorist Unit represent anything close to the effectiveness
of a real government agency nor that the wild scenarios concocted
by the scriptwriters, however engrossing, accurately represent reality.
would do well to examine Republican tradition and the reasons it
promoted small government. That there are good reasons to believe
that the government is not able to fix all our problems through
force and that war enables and encourages the growth of government.
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