We begin today with a bit of a Memorial Day kerfuffle over the recent pronouncement of MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who said he’s “uncomfortable” with use of the term “hero” to describe America’s recent war dead. Here’s a vid of him saying it: Link
And here’s the transcript:
I think it’s interesting because I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words “heroes.” Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so … comfortable, ah, UNcomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers, and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.