Emotionally Charged Cartoon

 
Image from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Political-Loudmouth/281168802721


      Ohhhh, be careful when they start using the old emotion trick. Doesn't this image, just tug at your heart, make you forget all logic, and believe just what it's saying? Whenever somebody has to rely on emotion to make you agree with them, you gotta be careful. So lets dissect this, by reading it, I am led to believe that we are suppose to think that Guns, Warships, and Rockets are bad, or even EVIL, is that the case though? (I'm going to break this down bit by bit, for it has errors on several levels.)
     The first problem is that there is no theft going on in making guns, launching warships, or firing rockets. I bet you twenty dollars, that if you were to ask anybody that shared/liked/agreed with this photo if them having a cellphone was theft they'd say no. So why does a phone not mean theft, but a gun, warship, or rocket does? See the error in this part is there is no theft. If I have 1,000,000 dollars I can spend it however I want, right? If I chose to invest, or squander, it all in guns would I be stealing? and if so, from who. I mean, it was my money, I can do anything I please with it, can I not? Lets change a few things, how about we change gun to cellphone, warship to cruise ship, and finally rocket to oh, I don't know, how about firework. So now, our updated version reads:
     Every cellphone that is made, every cruise ship launched, every firework fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.......
     Anybody still agree, of course not, but what is the difference, absolutely ZERO. Nobody is being robed, we're not taking the guns, warships, and rockets from the poor, not forcing anybody to build them for us, we're just using our money, which we earned, and didn't steal, by the way, to buy what we want.
     The second thing, in the second and third sentence we read: This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. So now we are suppose to think that being in arms is bad. That's right folks, you shouldn't be able to defend yourself, its just not worthy of mankind, if somebody wants to kill you, well you should just let them do it. Our efforts are much better directed in other directions than in the safety of our families, property, and country. Hey if you know anybody that really believes this, stop over and see if they won't give you a few hundred bucks, after all, if you are cold, or starving, they are stealing from you. Oh, and by the way, if we didn't have an army to protect us, we might not even have any children around to hope, so I wouldn't worry too much about taking their hopes. I for one would rather exist than be able to hope. Hoping doesn't do you much good, when you don't exist, oh wait, you can't hope if you don't exist....
     The Third thing, so say we stop making all weapons, what are all of those laborers going to do now, they just all lost their jobs, and what about the scientists, whose going to employee them, and I already mentioned the children in the last paragraph. Scientist that are employed by the military have brought tons of innovation to civilians, Silly Putty, WD-40, the Slinky, Duct Tape, they even did a lot with the success of canned food, night vision goggles, the list goes on and on.
     In closing, emotionally charged political cartoons should always be taken with the most care, and careful logic inspection. If you really have such a great point, should you really have to apply to our emotions to convince us?


P.S.
     If you still agree with this cartoon could you please send me, oh say fifty bucks, I'm too lazy to work, so I'm hungry, have very worn clothes, and am cold. You are stealing from me if you have money, or stuff, and don't give it to me.

As always this isn't an attack of anything mentioned in the cartoon, just debunking the logical errors peoples.