The Perfect Liberal Article for Veterans Day
David Masciotra, writing in Salon, lays the wood to all of us "childish" Americans who harbor the "childlike" notion that all soldiers are heroes.
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.
It's impossible already when Masciotra and his friends reject the premises upon which U.S. foreign policy is based. Stopping the hero worship of cops and soldiers won't alter that one iota.
"Rhetorical sloppiness"? How does "anointing" soldiers as heroes constitute rhetoric of any kind and how is it sloppy? Writers who want to sound important and knowledgeable who are unimportant and ignorant employ such ridiculous criticisms in order play to their peanut gallery of equally ignorant lefties. It's a meaningless statement but it sure sounds good, especially when paired with the pejorative "intellectual shallowness."
So speaks the author of an upcoming book on that sage of sages, John Cougar Mellencamp.
And what's this "cultural streak" of "nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism"? Sheesh. All that because many of us admire soldiers and cops? Dial up this fellow's meds because it's obvious his paranoia is out of control. It is impossible to see how thinking soldiers and cops are heroes would lead to totalitarianism. Maybe Masciotra is projecting a wee bit much, no? Admiring Che and Mao could easily lead to a totalitarian mindset because, well, they were bloodthirsty totalitarians. Soldiers fighting for the freedom of us or others and cops who are trying to beat back the savages of the street who don't think twice of murdering anybody (including the police) deserve a little more consideration.
But, wait, it gets better…