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Friday, April 11, 2008

Pride and embarrassment

I'm proud to have served in the military with a man like silver star recipient, and medal of honor nominee, David Bellavia. I'm equal parts embarrassed to share a first name with Keith Olbermann.

Anyone with an ounce of perspective knows exactly what Bellavia intended to convey with these words:

"Fortunately, I have the privilege, the distinct privilege today, of introducing a true American hero who defies political norms in Washington. Sen. John McCain has spent a lifetime in service to our nation. His example of unwavering courage is a model for every American. Rest assured that men like Senator McCain will be the goal and the men that my two young boys will emulate and admire. You can have your Tiger Woods, we've got Senator McCain."

Bellavia here is lamenting the awkward and difficult transition phase society is going through, right now. We are transitioning from a draft-era, "citizen soldier" military to a leaner, all volunteer, high-tech "warrior class" model in which only a few Americans serve, and fewer still will go on to serve in public office. Our emerging warrior class obviously worries about future representation in civilian government. After all, in our American system, civvies are the bosses over even Generals.

With the nation at war, the threat of another 9/11 style attack, and a seemingly never ending election cycle, these are stressful times all around. But I'm confident that America still loves her warriors in the military, and that we'll get through this transition eventually. It will take time and effort, and it will get messy and rude and frustrating at times.

Keith Olberdouche on the other hand, hears racism in Bellavia's comments. Well, actually he doesn't hear racism. Keith is stupid, but not that stupid. He merely says he hears racism because he wants nothing more than to smear the eventual Republican nominee with the serious charge of racism.

Or maybe, and I'm just thinking out loud here... Keith here has made Tiger into the victim of a racial slur that never actually occurred. Why does Keith hate Tiger Woods? Is it because he's black?

(Via: Hot Air and J.D. Johannes)

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