MSNBC host Chris Hayes offered up a not so common perspective on Memorial Day Sunday, sharing that elements of the day, including calling soldiers “heroes,” makes him “uncomfortable.”
“Why do I feel so uncomfortable about the word ‘hero?’” Hayes asked himself on Up with Chris Hayes. “I feel uncomfortable about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war.”
Mr. Hayes, whom I like, is catching all kinds of shit for his remark, probably because he's right.
I damn sure wasn't a hero, and I never waved a baby in the air on the end of my bayonet either. In Vietnam War days we were accused as a group of the latter in the national, and justified, anti-war fervor of the time. Nobody really believed it, but it was good hyperbole.
Some of the anti-war activists even accused the Vietnam War of being the troops' fault because they answered their country's call and followed orders and went to fight in it instead of doing the honorable thing like deserting or fleeing to Canuckistan. I had moments of prayer with more than one of them over that, and left them with the painful understanding that no lowly EM ever started a war. Except with them then and there. Heh.
When I bring up the tone of that time and the epithets that were ignorantly hurled at us, folks today say it was only the commie left, Jane Fonda types, that said that. Most of those folks didn't serve, got college or medical deferments which were too damned easy to get, at least if you were white and not poor, and don't have the memory of being on the receiving end of it.
I don't blame anyone for dodging the draft in that unnecessary and unpopular war that should not have been waged and was waged all wrong and divided the country for over ten years. Nobody wanted to die for a war they didn't believe in.
The draft was dropped after Vietnam. Now, since nobody has to go, there are few protests of our nation's wars, and even fewer that make the ruling class and the MIC uncomfortable, more's the pity, and our "leaders" have used the military exactly as the murderer Kissinger said in the post just below.
And now your average snuffy is a "hero" just for being there. Horseshit. The word "hero" has lost its meaning. Yes, their service is admirable in a country full of people who will never have to put their asses on the line and wouldn't if they could, but "heroes" most of them are not. Just doing the duty they signed up for, which they probably never thought would be for a failed political ideology, hegemony in places we don't belong, and corporate profit. The ones who figure it out realize full well that once you're in, you're stuck with it.
If I had a dime for every time I've heard "I would have joined up, but...", I'd be a lot richer than I am. Lip service patriots. Phony bullshit. The tone of this time.
Denoyer previously said earlier this year that any cuts to military spending could result in a return of the draft, despite no evidence or news indicating such a thing would happen.
Damn good idea. If we made getting killed or injured equally available to all, people would have motivation to bitch loudly and maybe the warmongers would be forced to think twice and forego disastrous foreign adventures that only benefit a few at the expense of all.