Why is it news that some leftist talking head is “uncomfortable” with calling our soldiers “heroes”?
A blogger at The Right Sphere, who noted he is a veteran, wrote that he “can’t quite bring myself to be angry about it.”
Good! Because if someone cares about whether or not he’s called a hero…he’s probably not a hero. Spoiled two-year-olds have no idea of the efforts it takes to keep them alive. Likewise, neither does Chris Hayes. Treat the one much like the other, except with an attitude of amused contempt. Chris is a funny guy!
“I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. “
And apparently he means it. That’s some serious grammar-density there. Now, you’re probably looking at me thinking, “It’s the cooking vessel calling the water-heater non-light emitting.” But my…admittedly difficult…vocabulary and grammar are for the sake of precision. You can’t write something that can’t be misunderstood, but I feel obligated to try.
(Caveat: obviously I complicate things for fun. My pride in having renamed the lowly switch the “binary-state topology manipulator”? Vast.)
But Chris pulls out complex lingo to disguise a lie, not illustrate the truth. Rhetorically proximate! Let’s see:
I’m uncomfortable with calling firefighters heroes because it’s rhetorically proximate to justifications for more arson.
You see why he said “rhetorically proximate”? Because if he said “nearly” or “almost the same” or even “in the same ballpark” everyone would look at his claim and say, “…um…no, it isn’t.”
Lightning is “rhetorically proximate” to a lightning bug. “Soldiers are heroes” is not rhetorically proximate to “war is good!”
But Chrissy “Wordsmith” Hayes doesn’t worry me at all. This does.
A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War…
Given a universal standard of disability, is it likely that today’s soldiers are getting crippled twice as much? Doesn’t seem likely. I’m not saying they’re not; IEDs and the like are vastly advanced from the 90′s and of course this has been a war of attrition.
But isn’t the entire culture much more wussified than in our youth? Mine, anyway. Many of the precautions are wonderful; if I’d worn hearing protection for my juvenile lawn-mowing business my tinnitus probably wouldn’t exist today.
That said….the West has both wussified itself and instilled a feeling of entitlement in general public. Obviously our soldiers aren’t wussies. In the field, they’re as good or better than ever. But back in entitled America, are they becoming less stoic along with everyone else?
If so, it’s scary.
Obviously, every ex-soldier with a legitimate claim gets aid and relief. And when in doubt…they get aid and relief. We must cut 10/10ths of federal “discretionary spending” before I’d even consider looking at soldiers’ benefits.
And even then, I wouldn’t. Not when the Fed has so much land and treasure to auction off.