“…if there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step…”
–Barack Obama, Jan. 14, 2013–.
Whenever someone claims that “saving even one child” justifies some legislation, you can be certain that you are about to become less free. And, because this happens so frequently, the child that is supposedly being saved, is going to grow up in a world much different from the one you enjoyed as a child.
Claims like this are intentionally designed to elicit an emotional reaction that trumps rational deliberation. Not only does it work, but the public never seems to tire of it or see through the manipulation, which is why it is almost always used to justify bad legislation. It’s has the effect of making people instantly stupid.
According to the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, U.S. drone attacks have killed at least 204 children in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia over the last seven years.
You want to save some children, Mr President? How about you clean your own house before laying the blame at the feet of the American public. Stop your drone strikes. Don’t do it to save a bunch of Pakistani and Yemeni children. We already know you don’t give a shit about them. Do it to save American children who are likely to be the victims of the next 9/11-style attack that will inevitably come if we keep making enemies of the entire Muslim world by continuously and callously killing their children.