Yesterday, on Memorial Day, I visited the gravesite of my parents. They are buried in a military cemetery due to my father's service. He was an infantryman in WWII, having entered that conflict at Normandy. His unit fought it's way through France and into Germany. Fortunately, almost miraculously, my father did not die in combat (or I wouldn't be here), though the war affected him profoundly for the rest of his life. I'm not going into details, but suffice it to say, war is hell. Like most Americans, I consider every man and woman who fought and/or died for this country to be a hero.
Memorial Day is the time we honor our fallen soldiers, our heroes.
But liberal MSNBC talking head Chris Hayes is uncomfortable calling our fallen servicemen "heroes". He thinks calling our soldiers "heroes" only legitimizes war. Hayes had a panel discussion with other lefties THE DAY BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY to come up with another word to describe our fallen soldiers. Fellow panelist John McWhorter of the New York Daily News suggested a "more neutral term" be used, because, you know, the word "heroes" just augments militarism and leads to more war, according the the MSLSDers. Personally, I always thought things like Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, 9/11, genocide, invasions, etc. were what led us to war, but if the MSLSDers think the word "hero" does it, then bless their odd little lefty hearts. When JImmy Kimmel joked at the recent White House Corrspondents dinner that "MSNBC has moved to the left of Hugo Chavez" he wasn't kidding, though I thought Kimmel's comment was a bit unfair...to Chavez. I doubt he'd have any problem calling his own soldiers heroes.
Yet another deep-thinking lefty panelist, Michelle Goldberg of the Daily Beast, who recently compared Ann Romney to Stalin and Hitler on MSLSD ( Forward !!!), said, “There are people who are genuine heroes, but the kind of implication is that death is what makes you a hero, you know as opposed to any kind of affirmative act or moral act…".
No, Ms. Goldberg, it isn't merely death that makes one a hero, it's going into combat to defend one's country that makes one a hero. THAT is the affirmative act that eludes you, and if a soldier dies in service of their country, that person has made the ultimate sacrifice. It doesn't get much more heroic than that. I suppose Goldberg is to be commended somewhat for not mentioning PFC Bradley Manning by name as an example of a "moral act". Left-wing extremists only seem to admire our soldiers when they are committing treason. Baby steps.
Lots of folks were understandably outraged by Hayes' clueless and disrespectful statements (for which he later offered a halfhearted apology), but I think they were actually a sort of improvement for the lefties. I remember when the far left's "more neutral term" to describe our soldiers was "babykillers". That was back in the 60's and early 70's. We know lefties hate the military, but considering the rhetoric they used to use, Hayes' words signal they've come a long way baby.
Ironically, at about the same time the MSLSDers were expressing their discomfort with the word "heroes" (it suppresses their inner "babykiller" urge), President Obama was expressing his disgust over the way Vietnam veterans were denigrated back in the 60's. He said it was a “national shame, a disgrace”. I agree completely. Then again, if Obama feels that way, I wonder why he launched his first political fundraiser out of the home of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, two anti-war Weathermen terrorists who planted bombs back in the 70's to protest the Vietnam War. I'd like a little clarification on Obama's position, and would like to have him answer for his actions relative to Ayers/Dohrn...especially after the media just wasted a week on a prank Romney pulled in high school 47 years ago. How is that more important than Obama's past association with domestic terrorists ? How about we send an investigative team to check into it ?j No ? Why not ? Because he's a Democrat ? I'm way tired of that excuse. If Obama had been a Republican, everybody within a twenty mile radiius would have been interviewed about the Obama/Ayers/Dohrn connection four years ago.