So I was looking through those old WWII propaganda/motivation posters the other day, as you all saw.
And, you know, they’re awfully effective. They depict how individual actions add up in the long run–and that’s something we don’t see a lot of anymore. They alsodemanded sacrifice from individuals for a larger end.
These posters make me think about how differently the country responded to the crisis of World War II and the current (and, of course, less dire) crisis of terrorism. I could write a whole essay about how the problems are different, but I’ll skip that by noting that all the pants-pissing poltroons on the right claimed that the threat of terrorism was JUST THE SAME as the problems we faced in World War II. In fact, the more batshit insane of that group claimed that this crisis was even more serious than the world conflict against fascism.
But, when push came to shove, did any of them call for sacrifice? Did Young Republicans enlisten masse? Was there any attempt to unify the country?
Fuck no. Go shopping, Bush said. Say a prayer. Hug your loved ones.
Empty advice from an empty shell of a man.
I mean, this poster makes a point about overconsumption of resources:
And this one? Holy fuck.
It would work with Osama bin Laden in the passenger seat, wouldn’t it? I mean, if people understood the connection between money flowing to Saudi Arabia and being basically transferred to terror organizations.
But you can’t expect calls for conservation from former oil executives, can you?