MSNBC host Christ Hayes has come under fire for having a problem with using the term “hero” to describe veterans. His problem with this term is that it can be used to describe people who fight and die for unworthy causes (such as Iraq and Afghanistan). Needless to say, this did not go well for him.
I, for one, also agree that the term “hero” is overused. Not every police officer, fire fighter, teacher, or solider is a hero. Case in point, Nidal Hasan was a soldier. He killed a hell of a lot of our guys at Fort Hood. He damn sure was no hero. However, this isn’t Chris Hayes’s problem with the term. It’s not the universal application of the term he has a problem with. He believes that using the term “hero” to describe soldiers will cause us to be more aggressive at declaring war.
He is a fool. No man, least not in America, wishes to die on foreign soil so they can be called a hero. No, if he wants to end needless wars, he should call for the Constitution to be applied. Wars are supposed to be declared by Congress, not issued forth by the Oval Office. When one man can declare war, we will be in a lot more wars. If Congress was the only one that could declare war, we would pretty much never go to war unless one of our trusted allies was in dire need or we were directly attacked.
So the next thing I would address is, “What makes a hero?” My cousin has a strict definition for this: a hero is a person that risks their lives to save another. If you look at the military overall, you will find that the vast majority of these men would fight and die to save their brothers-in-arms and defend the Constitution and our country. They pass muster on this test. It is worth pointing out that Chris Hayes has never been shot at. He has never had to save one of his friends from being killed nor watch his friends die. However, there are plenty of heroic people who are not in the military, but I doubt he would fall into that category either. I have a hard time imagining him running into a burning building or jumping in to defend someone who is being brutally beaten. He might call 911, but that would be the extent of his help.
Regardless, there is a time and a place for any discussion, but on Memorial Day is not it. It was wildly inappropriate, and he is feeling the effects now. Regardless of his apology, this is how he thinks and what he believes. He actually loses more respect from me for his apology than his insult. I can respect a man who has convictions, even if they are ones that I do not share. I cannot, however, respect a man whose convictions change as a matter of convenience.
Long Live the Constitution!