MSNBC nonentity Chris (Rhetorically-Proximate-to-an-Idiot) Hayes has demonstrated conclusively that it’s possible to receive a degree in philosophy at Brown without learning how to use a dictionary.
Hayes, hitherto unknown to those of us not strapped to a gurney in front of a TV stuck on MSNBC, has achieved notoriety by observing Memorial Day by burbling this on the 4th-tier network that employs him:
Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word “hero”? I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war.
Aside from his obvious problems with concepts like gratitude, humility, and respect for his betters, Chris Hayes isn’t even familiar with the definition of the word that vexes him so.
1 a: a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b: an illustrious warrior
c: a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
d: one who shows great courage
Attention Chris Hayes: Heroism has been closely linked to war forever, for the simple reason that war places the highest imaginable demands on courage.
The justification for war is up to the leaders of each government that declares it.
Heroism is a trait of the people who put their lives at risk in the service of their fellow citizens.
Heroism does not justify war. But it most certainly justifies our praise and enduring gratitude.
On this day, above all others, we honor those who gave their lives for us, their posterity.
UPDATE: Joe Posnanski is one media guy who understands.
UPDATE: Hayes has apologized.