-By Warner Todd Huston
After a morning in remembrance of our fallen troops and an afternoon firing up the gas grill to burn up a mess of burgers, hot dogs, and brats for my family as we observe what has become a traditional American Memorial day meal (Some of us in my household are working tomorrow, so we had our meal today), I find that MSNBC is observing this holiday in true liberal* fashion: denigrating our troops.
True to that liberal penchant of discounting the brave men and women that serve in our nation’s armed forces, I introduce to you a lowly personage named Chris Hayes, a left-wing MSNBC host whose show “Up” airs on the weekend.
This weekend Hayes felt compelled to warn everyone that calling our troops “heroes” is something that should make us all “uncomfortable.”
In an inordinately inarticulate way, here is what he said about our troops this weekend:
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.
(Thanks Newsbusters for the transcript)
This is typical of the hatred that liberals have for our troops.
Now, without question there are stray individual soldiers that are creeps. Some even criminals. There are those that definitely should not be called a hero. We all know that some individual soldiers are not heroes. As in all walks of life, there isn’t any group that is 100% good (or bad). But to any true American, this goes without saying. It is taken as granted. Any individual soldiers that turn out to be a bad seed are the outliers, those out of the ordinary.
To most Americans, our troops are assumed, as a group, to be the best of the best. They are regarded as heroes as a group, in general, overall. Sure individuals obviate this general rule, but as a group Americans are proud of their soldiers and consider them the best we have to offer.
But to a liberal, it cannot go without saying that some soldiers are bad people because liberals look at the troops from the opposite direction. They assume all members of the military are stupid, venal, and low. They assume that they are all knuckle dragging, murderous, bigots that just want to shoot someone.
Hence Hayes’ “uncomfortable” feeling emerges over the idea of thinking of our soldiers as heroes. Hayes is just being a true liberal. They hate our troops and when they find one that is an upstanding hero they consider that person to be the one that is out of the ordinary.
Happy Memorial Day, Chris Hayes. I’d like to remind you that many of those Neanderthals that you despise so much died for your right to hate them.
For the rest of us, we honor and thank those that serve and mourn those we’ve lost in service to us.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone.
*Note: Democrats should not necessarily be confused with “liberals.” Not all Democrats are liberals.