Questioning State Doctrine on Memorial Day

Apparently yesterday’s MSNBC show Up with Chris Hayes is getting a lot of attention. And by attention I mean vitriol. His crime? questioning the martial civic religion and the morality of mindless soldier worship on Memorial Day. I can’t decide whether or not I’m surprised. Here is the first segment of that “controversial” show.

Last Memorial Day, I wrote this, which covered similar notions. Also see my pieces on The Folly of Soldier Worship and The Ism That Won’t Go Away.

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  2. Pretty good piece- shouldn't be controversial at all in my opinion. Controversial would be saying that American soldiers (who willing make a career choice when entering the military) sacrifice no more and are not any more heroic than a plumber who works 8-12 hours a day to feed his family… but no one would ever say (or type) anything like that.

    The only part that really disturbed me was when Michelle Goldberg said, "The immorality of that war [in Iraq] was not at all the responsibility of those who fought it."

    Wasn't that the "just shut up and do your job" thinking of the Nazi soldiers during WWII? How can anyone justify that mentality?

  3. The truth is soliders spend most of their time running around in circles wasting the taxpayers money. At the end of the day, soldiering is just another government job albeit more lethal than most.

    Why should I worship some mercenary? Why do people sign up? I suppose some think they are actually defending their country although I strain to find an American war that actually involved defending American soil. But most sign up for the "bennys" and the fact that the hollowed out US economy has fewer and fewer opportunities for the poor and working class. You don't find children of the allfuent signing up.

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