I Actually Feel Sorry For Chris Hayes
A lot has been made over the comments MSNBC’s Chris Hayes made today regarding our fallen soldiers. In case you missed it, here’s what he had to say:
“I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word [heroes] because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war,” he stammered.
“Um,” he added, “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.”
As a veteran, I couldn’t disagree more strongly with what Hayes had to say, yet I can’t quite bring myself to be angry about it. Instead, I find myself feeling sorry for him. I don’t feel sorry for him because of the giant crapstorm that has rightfully befallen him, but for another reason.
I feel sorry for Chris Hayes because sadly, this is his worldview. It’s how he thinks. It’s his value system, and it’s sad. This is a man who over and over again has spoken with greater reverence about the ‘Occupy Movement’ than he did today about our fallen service members. He’s painted ‘Occupy’ as do-gooders and the police as evil, and now says he’s ‘uncomfortable’ with referring to fallen as heroes.
I feel sorry for Chris Hayes because he’s never had the same privilege that I had of wearing the uniform. He’s never had the honor of serving next to people who were willing to lay it all on the line for something they believe in. He’s never got a knock on his barracks door telling him to grab his gear. He’s never had to spend a birthday or a holiday in Korea. He’s never spent months and months in the sweltering heat of the Middle East, and I’m sure he has no clue what Camp Demi and Camp Dobol are.
Worst of all, Chris Hayes has never had the experience of being a part of something that is greater than him. I don’t care that he never served. Serving is a personal choice and not required to comment. I don’t care that his show is nothing more than a weekly 2-hour commercial for Obama 2012. He’s a liberal shill, I get that. It’s what he is and what he will always be. I do care when he says things that are disrespectful to those that have given what Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion.”
You know what I want Chris Hayes to do? Take a step back and ask himself the following question:
Why do I treat the ‘Occupy Movement’ with more respect than I do people who gave their life while serving their country?
I sure would love to hear his answer. I might even tune in to his awful show to hear it.