COMMENTARY | When MSNBC's Chris Hayes decided to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend by opining how uncomfortable he was calling fallen American soldiers heroes, he was expressing the mindset of his effete, northeastern liberal class.
But when Ann Coulter, as the Daily Caller reports, called Hayes a "woman" for expressing that view, she offered the most obvious of nonsequiturs. If there is anybody who keenly understands how those who give that last full measure of devotion are heroes, it is the mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and girlfriends of those men. An astonishing number of women in recent years have had "Taps" played over them as they were lowered into the ground. Coulter should have thought before she tweeted.
Hayes is already getting well-deserved condemnation for his cluelessness, as from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Daily Caller reports. The U.K. Daily Mail also reports on the rising outrage expressed on the Internet.
That Hayes should know better is axiomatic. Everyone who writes or speaks opinion for a living is aware there are more than a few people who are so irate about those opinions that they would like to put the purveyor of them into a concentration camp or up against the wall.
The fact that people do not get put into concentration camps or up against the wall for writing and saying things stems from the fact they live in a republic the Constitution of which guarantees their right to do so. That republic and Constitution are preserved by young men and women with guns, some of whom do not live to see their 20th birthdays.
In other words, heroes.
One does not know how to make Hayes realize this, short of putting him in peril and arranging him to be gotten out of it by heroes in Army or Marine cammies. Perhaps he could find himself living the life of a slave in the Civil War South, a Jew in Dachau about 1945 and a woman in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Then as the young soldiers whom he despises come to give him back his life and liberty, Hayes might at last understand the folly of what he said.
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