“Thinking today and observing Memorial Day, that’ll be happening tomorrow. Just talked with Lt. Col. Steve Burke [sic, actually Beck], who was a casualty officer with the Marines and had to tell people [inaudible]. Um, I, I, ah, back sorry, um, I think it’s interesting because I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words “heroes.” Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word “hero”? I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.” — Chris Hayes
Nothing Chris Hayes said there would be the least bit controversial in a roomful of liberals. In fact, most liberals, Hayes included would probably sound more like Ted Rall if they didn’t they didn’t have to worry about it getting out to non-liberals.
“Do our government’s poorly paid contract killers deserve our ‘support’ for blindly following orders?” — Ted Rall
“Over time, however, the endless war in Iraq began to play a role in natural selection. Only idiots signed up; only idiots died. Back home, the average I.Q. soared.” — Ted Rall
“The word ‘hero’ has been bandied about a lot to refer to anyone killed in Afghanistan or Iraq. But anyone who voluntarily goes to Afghanistan or Iraq [as a soldier] is fighting for an evil cause under an evil commander in chief.” — Ted Rall
“OK, lefties? You can drop the ‘support the troops’ shtick now.” — Ted Rall
People get angry at Ted Rall for saying things like that and they should, but at least he’s honest. Instead, most liberals play the same little game that Chris Hayes did. They view America as a rotten country and they view the troops as dumb, violent, brutish drones in service of an unworthy cause. So, they dance around it and when they let a little too much of the truth slip out about what they believe, they end up apologizing because, thank God, the rest of the American people don’t agree with the Left about the troops. But ask yourself a question: did you see liberals pouring out of the woodwork to disagree with Hayes? No, in fact, there are more liberals publicly upset that Hayes felt compelled to apologize than there were libs who made it known that they disagreed with what he said in the first place.
In his famous speech to West Point, MacArthur talked about duty, honor, and country. The problem with that is liberalism is all about selfishness, hedonism, and non-judgmentalism with moral preening to such an extent that liberals don’t believe in duty, they don’t have any honor, and they don’t love their country. Sure, there are a few exceptions. It would be nice to believe there are a lot of exceptions, but it’s just not true. If it were, you’d see lots of liberals hammering Hayes, sticking up for the troops when politics wasn’t involved, and showing their patriotism in a way that doesn’t require them to explain why it’s not actually disgust.