Unquestionable valor

MSNBC host demonstrates his weak grasp of what heroism is

Chris Hayes, besides being an MSNBC-TV host, must be a magician.

How else could he exhibit the sleight-of-hand necessary to simultaneously take liberal America-doubting handwringing to an entirely new level – while also giving the back of his hand to America’s veterans and war dead?

The bespectacled Hayes gathered up all the big words in his vocabulary to admit in an oddly politicized Memorial Day broadcast that he is “uncomfortable” about calling our war dead heroes because “it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war.”

The insensitivity of the remark is matched only by its
fatuousness. If you’re saved from a thug by the gun of a policeman, you’re not justifying gunplay by thanking the cop – or thinking he’s a hero.

Pseudo-intellectualism gets its rightful reputation for its failure to think things through.

Even other liberal commentators excoriated Hayes, with NBC’s Star Jones noting that, “The person that he was talking to (on the show) was the
officer whose job it was to call the families of fallen soldiers. Could you be more inappropriate on Memorial Day?”

Um, no. There is nothing more offensive than relaxing one’s limp brain under the blanket of protection that others provide and then proceeding to question its value and their valor.

Hayes later apologized, but his ornate verbiage makes it clear his insult was not a mere slip of the tongue; he had
obviously thought it all out.

We’ve hardly seen such anti-Armed Forces sentiment in public since the heady days of the Vietnam War protests. And President Obama this week
lamented how that went down.

“One of the most painful chapters in our history was Vietnam,” the president said during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Vietnam War Memorial, “most particularly, how we treated our troops who served there.

“You were often blamed for a war you didn’t start, when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor. You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few, when the honorable service of the many should have been praised.

“You came home and sometimes were denigrated, when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened. And that’s why, here today, we resolve that it will not happen again.”

Except on certain extreme cable channels.

What should make Mr. Hayes uncomfortable isn’t paying due respect to our war dead and war heroes, but questioning their value and valor in his little civilized, safe and peaceful world guarded by the men and women of our fighting forces.

What a disgrace.

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