Jeff Soyer on 12 Nov 2013 05:20 am
Of course, he’s writing his screed in Salon, which caters to a-holes. The author, Justin Doolittle, is griping about how the sports world forces patriotism on him in the form of honoring those who serve. Here’s one of his observations:
Freedom has become one of those politically charged terms that means whatever people need it to mean. There is no coherent conception of freedom, though, in which it only exists at the pleasure of the U.S. military. Itâs simply a non sequitur. The âfreedomsâ most Americans think of when they hear the term are enshrined in constitutional and statutory law. They are in no way dependent on the size, scope or even the existence of the U.S. military. If John Lennonâs ghost assumed dictatorial control of the U.S. government tomorrow and, as his first order of business, disbanded the entire military, Americansâ âfreedomsâ would not suddenly vanish.
Yes, Mr. Doolittle, but just as we need the police to protect us from lawbreakers, so, too, we need a military to defend and protect our constitutional freedoms.
Judging by the fact that he writes like a 13-year-old, I realize that he was probably in diapers when America was attacked on September 11, 2001, but if we had no military, the Taliban would have kept on attacking us and killing citizens.
If we had no military, it is conceivable that Hitler or the Japanese might have overrun our country. Japan did attack us, Mr. Doolittle — the anniversary of which is only a few weeks away.
Not every war is justified, and there are recent conflicts that I feel we (as a country) should have stayed out of. The men and women who serve in our military don’t question their orders, which come from the President and Congress. They instead volunteer (these days) to protect us from the many threats that were, are, and could happen in the future. And, frankly, it is better to take it (war) to the enemy than to have them bring it to our soil.
He goes on, sarcastically:
The core message of the NFLâs initiative is clearly articulated by Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin in a recent promo spot. Irvin opens by explaining that, sometimes, we must set aside the petty business of breaking down football games, and take a moment to âsalute the people that inspire all of us.â (As is very common in pronouncements of appreciation for the military, âall of usâ are automatically consigned to agreement.) Furthermore, the ability to âget away from our world, and whateverâs going on in our worldâ and talk about football â âthatâs called freedom,â in the unusual mind of Michael Irvin, and âthat freedom is not free.â Whom are we to thank for this? As it turns out, itâs the troops! Indeed, they are the ones who âmake it possibleâ for Irvin and his colleagues to go on television and discuss football. Again, there is seemingly no limit to the scope of human activity that many of us sincerely believe would not be possible were it not for the militaryâs selflessness.
Poor little Doolittle. He apparently doesn’t read the news much. If he did, he might discover that there are entire nations in the Middle East that are promising the destruction of the United States; that their sole wish is to convert us infidels to Islam, where women are stoned for leaving their home without a male escort, where gays are hanged, where women can’t drive or attend school. Never happen here? I think I’d prefer the odds by having and supporting a robust military. Over the long history of the U.S., they’ve saved our asses and — yes! — our freedoms too many times to count. So, yeah, I honor and thank them.
As for little Doolittle, I guess the prospect of Sharia law goes along fine with his ‘progressive’ vision, which I’ve hidden below the fold, so to speak, because it’s not for the squeamish:
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