This is one of the most twisted, pathetic bits of mindless liberal drivel I’ve seen in a long time, and typifies what the Left thinks of patriotism in general, and military service in particular. In this case it was Chris Hayes, but it could just as easily have been Chris “Tingle”, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, or anyone else who calls the MSNBC cesspool home. Via Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters:
Effete: affected, overrefined, and ineffectual; see “Chris Hayes.” OK, I appended the name of the MSNBC host to the dictionary definition. But if ever you wanted to see the human embodiment of the adjective in action, have a look at the video from his MSNBC show this morning of the too-refined-by-half Hayes explaining why he is “uncomfortable” in calling America’s fallen military members “heroes.”
Hayes is worried that doing so is “rhetorically proximate” to justifications for more war. Oh, the rhetorical proximity!
…what does it say about the liberal chattering class, which Hayes epitomizes, that it chokes on calling America’s fallen what they rightly and surely are: heroes?
CHRIS HAYES: Thinking today and observing Memorial Day, that’ll be happening tomorrow. Just talked with Lt. Col. Steve Burke [sic, actually Beck], who was a casualty officer with the Marines and had to tell people [inaudible]. Um, I, I, ah, back sorry, um, I think it’s interesting because I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words “heroes.” Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word “hero”? I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.
Think Think about it: People sacrificed their lives so that imbeciles like Chris Hayes are free to spout this kind of nonsense. And that the aforementioned nonsense was, apparently, meant to be an MSNBC Memorial Day tribute to America’s fallen soldiers makes it even more deplorable. Ed Morrissey puts Hayes’ comments into perspective:
If there’s one thing on which we all can agree, it’s that any man or woman who gives their last full measure of devotion in service to their nation has a legitimate claim to the title “hero.” Regardless of whether one supports the policies that put the service member in that position, the man or woman volunteered to follow the orders of his Commander in Chief to defend all of us and our freedom, knowing full well what they may have to sacrifice on our behalf. Unfortunately, that’s not quite a universal point of agreement, as it turns out. Yesterday, MSNBC and its host Chris Hayes called that recognition warmongering in an incoherent, rambling statement that will haunt the channel and its host for a very long time:
Happy Memorial Day to you too, MSNBC.