Though I find your nervousness over calling members of the military who have died in service to our country “heroes” repugnant, I realize you surely made these remarks out of pure ignorance and I can’t really blame you for that.
This is what can come with a philosophy degree. A person easily can get caught up in the endless pursuit of a truth that can never exist because depending on which “branch” you pursue the idea of “I think therefore I am” leads to more questions than answers like; “what is time?” “What is reality?” “Where do ideas come from?” My goodness no wonder you are confused; you have never been trained to come to a true conclusion. Yours is a world of circular arguments that most likely end with you and your fellow pseudo intellectual click agreeing that most people don’t “get it.”
Look at your ideology. You’re a so called “progressive” which in the real world is just a communist with better imaging. It is a failed ideology that has never worked since in order to implement the ‘progressive / communist agenda you must either build walls, slaughter people or both. You would think a brilliant academic such as yourself would have spent some time studying history. You can’t kill enough people to eliminate the natural desire to be free.
I don’t fault you for your ignorance, you just don’t know better. Allow me to help by using your own words.
“As many have rightly pointed out, it’s very easy for me, a TV host, to opine about the people who fight our wars, having never dodged a bullet or guarded a post or walked a mile in their boots.”
Wrong. Many Americans never served (for whatever reason) yet understand how important the job is. These same people do a number of things like send packages of treats, gifts and yes even gear like boots, clothing, helmet pads, lights and a variety of useful items to men and women in the field. Kids write thousands of letters telling these brave (sorry if that offends you) soldiers and sailors how thankful they are.
People see a person in uniform in a restaurant and anonymously pick up their tab. There are the Patriot Guard Riders who escort the remains of those you reduced to mere dupes who died answering Americas call when they come home.
Millions of Americans daily honor those serving and those who served because they appreciate and respect the concept of standing for something.
“One of the points made during Sunday’s show was just how removed most Americans are from the wars we fight, how small a percentage of our population is asked to shoulder the entire burden and how easy it becomes to never read the names of those who are wounded and fight and die, to not ask questions about the direction of our strategy in Afghanistan, and to assuage our own collective guilt about this disconnect with a pro-forma ritual that we observe briefly before returning to our barbecues.”
First, we are not removed. We deal with it every day when we send our kids to school and wonder in the back of our mind’ “will today be the day a jihadist decides to attack my kid’s school or their bus like in Belarus? We deal with it every time we fly and wonder if some TSA agent is going to molest our wives or our children.
We deal with it every time some snob like Michael Bloomberg cites some CAIR crybaby and accuses us of “islamophobia” if we question their “religion of peace” rap. We are not removed when we have to hear our President demonize our brave (oops) soldiers while subjugating himself to thugs like Hamid Karzai and the Muslim Brotherhood or when we watch that runt Mahmoud Ahmadinejad bray about the destruction of Israel and the United States and President Obama (your wife’s boss) goes golfing.
We are shouldering that burden all day, every day because we know that these guys and their useful idiot myrmidons will kill us and the ones we love if somebody doesn’t stand up.
You don’t think we ask questions about the direction of our strategy? We ask them all the time. Questions like; why can’t our soldiers kill as many of these weird beards as we possibly can? Why are people whining about Marines pissing on the dead bodies of the throwbacks who were trying to kill them moments before that picture was taken, especially when we all know what they do to our people? Why do we refuse to seek victory by using the arsenal we taxpayers have paid for using as much brute force as possible once and for all?
We question the strategy all the time. We question the strategy brought on by progressive / communist like you. A strategy of appeasement is a strategy of failure.
You project on us a collective guilt. There is no collective guilt here.
I know that as a progressive / communist you are conditioned to think in terms of “the collective” but there is no collective guilt. There is determination and it’s not a “collective” it’s a bond.
We are bonded in the belief that every human being yearns to be free. We are bonded by the ideal that we as a nation are good and righteous, that the United States of America is a beacon of freedom for the oppressed. We are bonded in the belief that we are so blessed to live in a nation where (until you guys took charge) every person is able to pursue their dreams and is only limited by their desire to do whatever it takes to reach their goals.
We are bonded by the knowledge that every member of the US Military made a choice to stand for the rest of us and that their willingness to raise their right hand and take the oath to defend this nation makes them special. We are bonded in the belief that those that perish, will not have died in vain, that we will be worthy. We will be worthy of their heroic sacrifice.
They are heroes Chris. But I don’t expect you to believe it or understand it, you can’t, you’re just incapable. Oh, and as for the apology; nobody really believes you mean it.
Hope I cleared it up for you.
PS Tell your wife we hope her boss has plenty of free time to play golf after January.