People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Ok, so as you read the rest of this post...keep referring to that quote.
I was doing my usual scan of news headlines, political punditry and Grumpy Cat photos when I came upon what is without a doubt the biggest piece of garbage ever written by Salon.com---a website that has become almost a self-parody of liberal thought and a nest of idiotic poltroonery.
You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy
I almost hate to include a link since I wonder if this moron is just waving the red flag to veterans to try and generate some buzz for this useless website and his clearly left-wing bias and stupidity. However, since it's out there in the 'verse, I figured I had to weigh in.
So let's start with his introduction:
"Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as “heroes.” "
So already this "journalist" has girded his loins with the usual race-baiting of the liberal left and not only denigrated the military, but cops....read on and you know why:
"It has become impossible to go a week without reading a story about police brutality, abuse of power and misuse of authority. Michael Brown’s murder represents the tip of a body pile, and in just the past month, several videos have emerged of police assaulting people, including pregnant women, for reasons justifiable only to the insane."
Ah, yes, the Gentle Giant of a Pot Smoking 300 pound crazy man of Ferguson...can't wait to see what he says if the grand jury decides the cop shot him in self defense....maybe he'll go loot a 7-11 with all his hommies.
BUT, it goes on...like a bad case of gonorrhea....
"An understandable reason for calling all troops heroes, even on the left, is to honor the sacrifice they make after they die or endure a life-altering injury in one of America’s foolish acts of aggression. A more helpful and productive act of citizenship, and sign of solidarity with the military, is the enlistment in an antiwar movement that would prevent the government from using its volunteer Army as a plaything for the financial advancement and political cover of the state-corporate nexus and the military-industrial complex of Dwight Eishenhower’s [sic]nightmares."
First of all, it might improve his idiotic rant if he could spell correctly...clearly a product of the modern American public education system...it's Eisenhower...moron.
And yes, let's talk about that anti-war movement...it seems to have pretty much disappeared after January 20, 2009, no? I don't recall seeing thousands of people protesting Obama's illegal war in Libya, his weak-kneed and useless "surge" in Afghanistan, or his reintroduction of American troops to Iraq? Where is the MoveOn.Org/Code Pink/ Hippie anti-war left....why no chats of "Hey, Hey, Barry O, how many troops did you kill today, Yo?"
That's because the anti-war movement is just another faction of the modern Democratic Party and has nothing to do with being anti-war, just anti-George W Bush. Obama got more GIs killed in Afghanistan than Bush and has certainly kept the U.S. in a Middle East quagmire...to use a favorite lefty term...so where's Cindy Sheehan? Nowhere to be found... because the anti-war movement is another lefty fraud.
And, of course, no lefty screed would be complete without the required moral equivalency of being a veteran to being...........yes, a community organizer.
"The assignment of heroism, exactly like the literary construct, might have more to do with the assignment of villainy than the actual honoring of “heroes.” Every hero needs a villain. If the only heroes are armed men fighting the country’s wars on drugs and wars in the Middle East, America’s only villains are criminals and terrorists. If servants of the poor, sick and oppressed are the heroes, then the villains are those who oppress, profit from inequality and poverty, and neglect the sick. If that is the real battle of heroism versus villainy, everyone is implicated, and everyone has a far greater role than repeating slogans, tying ribbons and placing stickers on bumpers."
So, let's hear it for community organizers, social workers and Occupy Wall Street protesters!!! They are heroes too!
Really? So clearly everyone gets a trophy again, huh? Keep their self-esteem up, huh? I wonder if this moron has everyone been a part of anything bigger than himself...ever sacrificed for anything beyond his no-whip, soy, half calf latte or whatever. Or is he just another whiny self-indulgent Millennial who bought into the hope and change crap.
HERE's a better idea this Veteran's Day...go thank a World War II vet while you can, they are almost all gone...or a Korea Vet or a Vietnam Vet or a Gulf War, Iraq or Afghanistan vet...tell them how much you appreciate their sacrifice, even if dipshits like David Masciotra don't think their wars were righteous enough.
While you're at it, thank anyone who served during the Cold War...maybe we never had to fight the Commies, but we sure whipped 'em....and allowed ignorant but college educated idiots like this guy to make a living writing drivel for Salon...I mean seriously, his resume reads: David Masciotra is the author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour (forthcoming, University Press of Kentucky). He writes regularly for the Daily Beast and Splice Today.
WOW, he writes biographies of singers!!!! Bring on the Pulitzer Prize! Oh, wait, he probably will win a Pulitzer Prize...in a box of CrackerJacks...like Obama's Nobel Peace prize.
Since we can't actually send this idiot and the editorial staff of Salon.com to Anbar Province alone for a few weeks with only their iPads and liberal moral superiority to see how much they need those white men with uniforms and guns to rescue their whiney selves from evil men wishing to separate their empty heads from their tattooed and flabby selves, let's just sum up with one of my favorite movies lines from one of Jack Nicholson's greatest characters...Colonel Nathan Jessup in A Few Good Men. I know this drives liberals nuts...but that's okay...I am one of those EVIL conservatives that keeps Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders awake at night:
Happy Veteran's day to all who served...and thank you for your service.
And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.