Itâ€™s not surprising that a woman like Rosa Brooks who sits on her abundant ass all day and contributes nothing more to our society than her opinion, would find fault with those individuals within our society who accept occupational challenges that could result in death or serious injury. I am referring to a recent column authored by Ms. Parks entitled "Heroism and The Language of Fascism" published in the LA Times on August 3, 2007, Ostensibly to bemoan the overuse of the term â€œheroâ€.
What is first disturbing is the use, or rather the abuse of the word Fascism. A quick check of the Webster's Online Dictionary yields this definition: political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
Well, that's certainly the United States...if you discount the Constitution, the elected representative form of Government and ignore the court system, and a "Dictator" that is out of a job in 1 and a half years. And letâ€™s not forget the â€œregulatedâ€ media that gives Ms. Brooks an opportunity to disagree with the fascist regime about once a week in the LA Times. No doubt, Ms. Brooks is now in hiding, afraid the â€œforcible suppression of oppositionâ€ Fascists are trying to track her down. Nice hiding place: Teaching law at Georgetown, no one would think to look for you there. Truth is, even you donâ€™t believe your own bullshit.
Yep, we certainly have a fascist form of government in the U.S. That would be the same government that peacefully transitioned from a Republican to a Democratically Controlled Congress earlier this year WITHOUT BLOODSHED.
Our government is broken. It is not representing our citizens. In short it needs to be fixed. The politicians in Washington are just money grubbing whores and they depend on the political divisiveness Ms. Brooks is only too happy to provide. Two hundred years ago, Thomas Jefferson pointed out the threat to Democracy, that factionalism represented. Nice piece of bringing us all together Ms. Brooks.
Sadly, our world is filled with anal expulsive talking heads that enjoy the sound of their own voice to the exclusion of just about everything else. Ms. Brooks is nothing more than a shining example of just how far the Constitutional protections of free speech extend. No doubt, Ms. Brooks disdains a world where a professional football player can make about six times the salary of say, a law professor.
Is it any wonder that a person with nothing to offer but an opinion would demean and minimize the truly heroic efforts of the young men and woman who, leave the comfort and safety of their homes, travel half way around the world to perform a job that they honestly believe is necessary. Sorry Ms. Brooks, these young people arenâ€™t going to run over an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) in the parking lot at the Georgetown Law School. You have to travel to Iraq or Afghanistan for that adventure and yes, they are heroes. And at the risk of stating the obvious: you seem to have managed to keep your butt out of the line of fire while criticizing those that have accepted these dangers. I make no apologies for a world that places a premium on the sacrifices of these young people while ignoring the egotistic rantings of some left wing academic.
The article has no redeeming social content and one has to truly question the motives of someone who would write such a piece. Obviously, Ms. Brooks is first and foremost bitching about the low regard that most Americans hold for the legal profession and media, they donâ€™t pass out medals for shooting your mouth off. But on second reading, perhaps the article does have a subtle, sinister purpose. Perhaps Ms. Brooksâ€™ real intent is to discredit U.S. Service people.
Itâ€™s a simple matter and one the anti-war movement used in Vietnam. The concept is simple: wars are fought by soldiers. If the soldiers donâ€™t fight: you got no war. By simple extension, those that do fight arenâ€™t heroes, they are the enablers of the war and they should not be held in high regard. In fact, to an antiwar activist, soldiers are simply criminals. This has been a real problem for the current antiwar movement trying to rehabilitate itself after the Vietnam debacle: how to condemn the war without blaming the soldiers. The citizens of the U.S. simply wonâ€™t allow the service people to be blamed again. Perhaps Ms. Brooks is conditioning us for the rhetoric that is to follow? Itâ€™s Vietnam all over again.
I strongly disagree with George Bushâ€™s policy in Iraq and I feel our troops have been duped by a war mongering president. But having been in the U.S. military at the end of the Vietnam Conflict, I know the debilitating damage the Antiwar Activists did. The irony: something like 76% of all Americans think Bush is doing a lousy job. Most would like to see our troops pulled out of Iraq. Yet the idiots running the antiwar movement canâ€™t drum up support and canâ€™t seem to bring everyone together. Perhap enlisting the help of some better editorial writers? .
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