It’s You Against Him!

from the American Legion’s collection of (propaganda) posters

Click to enlarge so you can read how you can help us defeat the Hun!

Side note: recent studies have shown that scrap drives, tire drives, fat drives, etc. existed almost exclusively to improve morale and to give Americans the feeling that they were doing their part in the war. Rubber was gathered despite the fact that there still is no efficient way to recycle it. A perhaps apocryphal story tells of piles upon piles of aluminum gathered for the war effort just sitting in a warehouse. Only steel and fats really helped the war effort directly.

The directive of Herr Bush after 9/11 (i know, these attacks were not related to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan) was for scared shitless folks to merely go about their daily lives and try to mentally will the economy to stay strong by consuming:

” I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity. They did not touch its source. America is successful because of the hard work, and creativity, and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11th, and they are our strengths today. (Applause)”

So, now that the economy is tanking, where is our morale distraction now? Rock Band 2? Football season? Internet porn? (all fine products, btw, but not government or American Legion sponsored)

PS. Ironic that Texaco sponsored this message. Pretty sure Texaco did pretty darn well for themselves during WWII.
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