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‘F*** the Troops’ and Other Socially Acceptable Murder Advocacy

By Paul Hair
Clash Daily Guest Contributor

Politico recently published a story by Ian Murphy called, “I Punk’d Scott Walker – And now he’s lying about it.” Murphy wrote a 2008 column for The Buffalo Beast called, “F**k the Troops,” in which he derided U.S. troops and their deaths. Politico appears to be fine with his past column. And that’s not surprising. Leftists have firmly established that cheering for and advocating for the murder of certain adults and children is socially acceptable.

Breitbart provided a series of blog posts highlighting Murphy’s Politico column, his past work, and his responses to Breitbart for posting about him. Murphy’s responses included him doubling down on his past work and publishing a “selfie” GIF featuring a burning U.S. flag.

Murphy’s 2008 column started with the following paragraph: “So, 4000 rubes are dead. Cry me the Tigris. Another 30,000 have been seriously wounded. Boo f***king hoo. They got what they asked for — and cool robotic limbs, too.”

I disagree with all of that except perhaps the part where he called U.S. troops (which included me at the time) “rubes.”

After all, U.S. troops went to war for an ungrateful nation that has in turn put an anti-American Marxist into the White House, installed John Kerry as Secretary of State, enriched Michael Moore with millions of dollars for his “art,” allows anti-American Code Pink to be a powerful force of influence in the nation, votes for Democrats (2007: “FOX News Poll: Nearly 1 in 5 Democrats Say World Will Be Better Off if U.S. Loses War,” in Iraq), provides people like Murphy with employment and publicity, and has otherwise turned to evil.

But all sarcasm aside, Murphy clearly is acceptable to mainstream Politico and thus mainstream America. (I haven’t found anything indicating that Politico has apologized for its association with Murphy. Also, Politico contributor and National Review Online editor Rich Lowry hasn’t left Politico to date. And Lowry has previously made it clear that he cuts ties with people when he believes they have written something unacceptable.)

I am fine with this. I don’t want Politico to sever ties with Murphy. I want leftists to show the world who they truly are. But at the same time, we all get to play by the same rules. I will have no tolerance for leftists or conservatives who complain about “incivility” when these same rules are turned on leftists.

And leftists have firmly set these rules. Murphy and Politico aren’t isolated incidents.

For example, Ian Murphy also writes for, The Progressive, an explicitly Marxist organization. Society considers Marxism perfectly acceptable although Marxism has been responsible for the murders of tens (if not hundreds) of millions of people.

Then there is abortion. Not only are there people like Dan Savage who say things like, “I think abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years,” to cheering and laughing crowds (read the story and watch the video for the full context and reaction), but even leaders on the right have embraced abortion. Charles Murray actually said that abortion is “justifiable” homicide according to a Human Events article in March 2013.

Murray initially recoiled from the phrase, but “the more I thought about it the more it captures my own view of abortion; that it is homicide. Am I against in all instances? No. Why? Sometimes it can be justified. The phrase for me maintains the gravity of the moral question but puts the great moral issue into a proper perspective.

Imagine that. We are a nation that imprisons American troops for killing enemies. At the same time, even leaders on the right have completely surrendered on abortion — it’s “justifiable” even as they acknowledge that it is murder. This is pure evil.

And once a society believes that it is okay to murder the most defenseless among us, it is only logical that society next welcomes murdering — aborting — adults.

In fact, leftists promote the aborting of adult loved ones. Former New York Times reporter Jane Gross even wrote a book about her experience in aborting her mother. It’s called, A Bittersweet Season.

So it’s clear that Ian Murphy and Politico aren’t leftist exceptions in being okay with advocating for the murder of certain adults and children; they are the norm.

Conservatives need to understand this in order to understand who their opponents are. Too bad so many conservatives purposefully refuse to do so.

p hairPaul Hair honorably served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a non-commissioned officer; he is veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has worked as a civilian in both the government and private sectors. His writings have appeared at various websites. Paul now runs The Security and Culture Intelligencer website ( and is an independent consultant for Wikistrat, a strategic analysis and forecasting network. Connect with him at the S&CI website and on Twitter at @PaulHair1.

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