Heroes? What Heroes?
Did you follow the story of the uncomfortable Chris Hayes? He’s the MSNBC host who, as Memorial Day neared, said he was “uncomfortable” using the word hero to describe those who have died in battle.
I’ve already edited out most of what I’d REALLY like to say about the matter. I take enough heat just for telling the truth (as I see it) about sin, church, and popular culture. If you care to research the story, make sure you Google some remarks from VFW Nat’l Commander Richard DeNoyer. His providing Hayes with a freshly ripped new rectum prompted a lightning-fast apology and new perspective.
Here’s the gist of Hayes’ remarks: Calling all those who died in war “heroes” will glorify future war. Utopian liberals don’t actually live in what the rest of us call the real world. They are too busy being smarter and more compassionate than the rest of us. And they love to pontificate about not glorifying war. But who, exactly, ever actually glorifies war? I mean, besides the Hollywood elitists who simultaneously demonize the military and capitalism while getting rich making war movies.
I’ve decided to prepare a little memo for Chris Hayes, and any who live in his detached world. It goes something like this: EVERYBODY who serves is a hero. Those who serve where bullets fly and IEDs mame are glorious heroes. Those who die in war are glorious heroes who deserve even more than our deepest admiration and the national holiday called Memorial Day. PS – There’s a reason we have no holidays honoring pacifist mostly unwatched “journalists.”
Honoring those who serve in the military is not glorifying war.
Singing our battle-inspired National Anthem is not glorifying war.
Believing in a very strong national defense position is not glorifying war. (I still like the words of George Will: “The best national defense is to keep your powder dry … and have lots of powder.”)
Having your heart swell when you see pictures of young men and women in uniform – volunteering to serve and protect – is not glorifying war.
I’d like for Chris Hayes (or any pacifist Utopian) to answer a simple question: Name all the freedoms you now enjoy that were NOT made possible by somebody else fighting wars to defend and preserve them.
Mark, set, GO.
Take your time … we’ll wait.
That’s what I thought. The Chris Hayes types do serve a purpose in our America. They help fill in the blank behind the even. As in, “Our brave heroic men and women in uniform serve to protect everyone’s freedom – EVEN idiot ingrates like _______.”
So, I guess there’s that.