by Howard Portnoy
The liberal rag Salon had a piece yesterday just in time for Veterans Day and the 239th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps that insults veterans, the military, and patriotic Americans everywhere. The article, by David Masciotra, is titled “You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy.” The opening paragraphs provide the general drift:
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.
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