Salon is a far-left liberal magazine known for running silliness masquerading as thoughtfulness. Claiming on their twitter feed that they have been “providing fearless political journalism and cultural analysis since the dawn of the digital era,” they have become known for shockingly idiotic editorials and twisting news around to create attention-getting headlines. Their lack of reliable or factual reporting has spawned a mocking twitter feed, as well.
Just a few days ago, however, they decided that honoring our military or police is wrong and we should instead save our respect for social workers “who commit to the care and advocacy of adults with developmental disabilities” or an inner city teacher “working hard to give essential education and meaningful affirmation to children living in neighborhoods where bullets fly and families fall apart.”
As the author put it, “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.’ The rhetorical sloppiness and intellectual shallowness of affixing such a reverent label to everyone in the military or law enforcement betrays a frightening cultural streak of nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, but it also makes honest and serious conversations necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of a fragile democracy nearly impossible.”
I am not a hero. Let me be clear that I have never thought of myself as one. I joined the Navy because I loved my country and was willing to put the needs of my fellow countrymen before my own for the years I served. Most of the military members I have known since then felt the same way. No one I have ever known thought of themselves as a hero.
[quote_left]”Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him.”[/quote_left]But working as a social worker or teacher doesn’t mean you are willing to lay down your life for any number of unknown Americans who are depending on you to protect them from the dangers in this world. Nor does it mean that you are willing to enforce the law and protect members of our society from the criminals that exist in our country. Unless, of course, the author was referring to inner city school children as criminals.
What we did do, however, is protect the rights and lives of idiots who think that the best way to make a name for themselves is to attack a group that has already shown a willingness to work in the worst of conditions without forming a union to make sure we have additional wages, or a living wage, for that matter.
The most exquisite irony, however, is found on the author’s website. There he discusses an essay he recently wrote. It was titled The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson. To quote the greatest movie of all time, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
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