Heroes: In Memoriam

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.


Filed under Freedom, Politics, TV

4 responses to “Heroes: In Memoriam

  1. Nick Spinelli

    Thanks for heads up, Chip. That network seems to have a race on who can be the most repulsive, smugg, asshole. Olbermann was their mentor.

  2. MamaM

    d: one who shows great courage Yes. And what is courage? The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery. Or better yet, back to the Latin root, cor, heart.
    After watching part of the Nat Geo 9/11 show tonight, I read your post and story of Chuck, finding there a fitting memorial to another whose life fit the definition.

  3. MamaM

    If you haven’t seen the link through Instapundit today, this on courage :

    Similarly, the word “courage” comes from the French “with heart”. Why does it have this root meaning? Because it takes heart to act bravely. That’s how my childhood Karate teacher used the word: when I was practicing with courage, power and focus, he would say “you have alot of heart today” (indeed, many old-school warriors use the phrase “fighting with heart” in that way)…Just as discipline is more than just willpower, courage stems from something bigger than just cajones. In fact, the strongest courage comes from the love of something we care about, since our heart will sustain us even when the chips are really down and we are really up against a tyrant. As the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage…Courage is an innate human quality. It is within each of us, waiting to reveal itself when we open our hearts. When we act with heart, by definition, we are courageous…

    Back to chips, down, up, silly and otherwise.

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