For the past few nights, PBS has been broadcasting Ken Burns’ documentary, “The War” about WWll. I suspect it shows a country almost beyond comprehension for today’s “progressive” Americans.
The truth about war–the bloodiness, the horror, the countless mistakes leading to thousands upon thousands of American deaths–is revealed in photos, newsreels and eyewitness accounts. More importantly what is also revealed is a country united and determined to defeat the evil that confronted it–exactly the American mindset belittled and denigrated by today’s progressives.
How different are things today? Imagine college professors, along with their students, enlisting. Imagine Hollywood celebrities touring the country in support of the military, urging people to buy war bonds to finance an operation so expensive it was impossible for the government to do it through taxation alone. Imagine a mainstream media so grateful to be on America’s side it would suppress stories that might weaken the nation’s resolve. Imagine Americans from every walk of life, every religion, class and ethnicity putting their lives on hold for the greater good of the country.
For today’s progressives, such behavior is unimaginable. One the self becomes the center of the universe, all sacrifice becomes “problematical.” Yet if that were the only deficiency progressives demonstrated regarding war and evil, it would be tolerable.
But the Me Firsters aren’t content to merely to “suffer in silence” while other Americans defend the freedoms they take largely for granted. Their egos won’t stand for it. In the war on terror in general and Iraq in particular, they are compelled to point out every American mistake or shortcoming–with all the hopelessness and despair they can muster.
Why? Call it “secular evolution.” Somehow, between WWll and now, progressives believe evil became relative. Even worse, they have come to believe America is no longer worthy of great sacrifices because–when viewed through the prism of multiculturalist non-judgmentalism–it is no better or worse than any other collection of people on the planet.
Ken Burns’ documentary reveals the degenerate bankruptcy of such a philosophy. It reminds people of a time when “enlightened thinkers” such as these were viewed by the vast majority of Americans as beneath contempt. The Greatest Generation had a war to win–all the naysaying, PC handwringers be damned.
For those who mouth the hollow “we support the troops but not their mission,” a suggestion: watch what’s left of the series. You might begin to understand there’s something bigger than meaningless slogans, name-calling and intellectual conceit. It’s called patriotism, and it’s an integral part of our heritage.
God willing, it may even be contagious.
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