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July 08, 2005

"Pragmatic" Non-Protest Chants

The Downing Street Memo "proved" that Bush and Blair gamed pre-war intelligence to fit their war plans much in the manner that Christopher Columbus "proved" that the Earth is round. In both cases, reasonable people were already convinced well before the proof came along. No serious progressive could have witnessed, for instance, Colin Powell's theater of the absurd in front of the UN and believed that the Bush administration was actually going to invade Iraq due to the presence of refrigerator magnets and aluminum tubes.

The real proof of the pudding is in the eating, and poll data consistently shows a remarkable 60% in favor of pulling troops out of Iraq. It is this type of revelation, rather than the Downing Street Memo, which has Congressional liberals running to play catch-up. As Green (read: Democrat) Medea Benjamin gushes, 41 members of Congress have joined an "Out of Iraq" caucus. Loyal ReverseVoteSwappers will realize immediately that this is simply posturing to distract liberals from the fact that the Democratic Party as a whole is steadily moving rightward, and pulling many liberals and progressives with it. This development does, however, still raise an important question: What sort of slogans would "nuanced" liberals want to raise at an anti-war demonstration?

ReverseVoteSwap.org has compiled a list of potential slogans and chants for liberals who are turning against the war, but are desperate to differentiate themselves from more militant (read: serious and pragmatic) forces.

Liberal Non-Protest Chants

Afghanistan was fine,
But now you've crossed the line!

Hey hey, ho ho,
Unpatriotic torture is a part of this war that's got to go!

Invading Iraq was an error--
Let's wage the real war on terror!

Between Iraq and Palestine,
Only one of these occupations is fine!

DC cronies fed us balonies!

Bring the troops to American shores!
We need them for some different wars!

Don't let Baghdad become Saigon!
Move the war to Iran!

Stop the war before it's too late--
By voting Hilary 2008!

Posted by convener at July 8, 2005 09:10 AM