Apparently, twenty years of failed and pointless war in Iraq and Afghanistan has done little to silence the hero(in) dealers, a/k/a poppy fascists. They’re spewing the usual “support the troops” propaganda yet doing nothing to prevent the next planned war for oil. In the UK’s case in 2021, their “war for oil” is soldiers driving petrol tanker trucks around the country. For once, paid terrorists are actually doing something useful.
Poppy fascists don’t do anything to “support the troops” that have permanent disabilities and mental health issues from twenty years of war. (In 2021, the republiclowns oppose spending money on VA hospitals now that the war is over, as if the after effects don’t exist or suddenly stopped.) All that the keyboard warriors want is to cheerlead for the next war. Abandoning the disposable heroes is standard practice, as is silencing any ex-military who criticize the government or speak out against war. As L7 eloquently and elegantly said in the song, “Wargasm”:
Wargasm, wargasm, one, two, three
Tie a yellow ribbon round the amputee
Masturbate, watch it on TV
Crocodile tears for the refugees
[. . . ]
Wave those flags high in the air
As long as it takes place over there
The poppy fascist lie continues to be repeated: “they’re trying to ban poppies in [town name]!” which is about as believable as facebook enacting user fees. Those who refuse to wear poppies continue to be the victims of harassment and threats of violence. So much for the fiction that “poppies stand for freedumb!” James McClean contiues to be a target of abuse and threats, so much so that even the “uk royal legion” had to speak out against it.
In more than one pile of tripe,
sophists philosophers Alfred Archer and Benjamin Matheson claim to “support James McClean’s decision not to wear one”. But they don’t support anyone else’s right not to wear one unless the person gives what the two consider to be a “valid” excuse. Ergo, they don’t actually support individual personal freedom.
2 The Poppy’s Message
McClean refuses to wear the poppy because he finds the message that it has for him objectionable.
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On McClean’s view, the poppy has a different meaning for the people of Derry (or at least the Catholic community of Derry) compared to people in other parts of the United Kingdom. Importantly, he takes the message that it has for him to be objectionable such that it is permissible for him not to wear the poppy. In this section, we support McClean’s stance.
The unspoken message is there: If your reason for refusing a poppy isn’t because you or your people are victims of militarist violence, then it’s “not valid” and you have to participate in poppy fascism. If that weren’t their stance, why aren’t they stating it explicitly? Why aren’t they calling for personalizing it and keeping it out of public discussion, to stop making it a “litmus test for patriotism”?
No one should be compelled to wear a poppy.
No one should be violated for not wearing one.
No one has the right to question anyone’s decision.
By violated, it could mean social shunning, firing people from jobs, or any other unlawful use of force that could coerce people.
Apparently the second clown Ford brother can’t grasp those concepts, currently trying to enact a fascist law in Ontario that will have government dictating policy to private businesses. So much for being “pro-capitalism”. I’d label those cheap plastic poppies a safety hazard and force the government to prove otherwise.
Ontario is introducing legislation that would give workers the right to wear a poppy during the week of Remembrance Day.
The Progressive Conservative government says it wants to enshrine the right in law to remind employers that Ontario “owes a debt of gratitude” to those who serve the country.
It says that position should be reflected in employment policies and practices.
There will be an exception to the proposed law if a poppy poses a safety hazard.
Premier Doug Ford vowed to introduce the legislation last November amid controversy over a since-revoked policy at grocery chain Whole Foods Market that forbade employees from wearing anything other than their basic uniforms, including poppies.
The UK should know better or be more circumspect this year on the 50th and 100th anniversaries of two Bloody Sundays, but shameless as usual, they’re not. On July 10, 1921 protestant loyalists ignited a campaign of violence and arson leading to at least seventeen deaths and a thousand people left homeless. And it was on January 30, 1972 that uniformed UK terrorists murdered fourteen peaceful protesters without provocation, shooting them in the streets for carrying signs. (Another Bloody Sunday anniversary, November 13, 1887, happens next year, the 135th.) This is what James McClean objects to, the celebration of those who murdered innocents.
If I’m going to celebrate anything on 11/11, it’s “pocky day” (“pepero day” in South Korea, their local knockoff brand). Having kids be kind and share chocolate covered sticks with each other serves more purpose than glorifying war.