Soldier Porn

So I spent my Sunday as I do every year, consuming the cotton candy trappings and otherwise not-that-exciting game known as the Super Bowl (when I get into football, I’m a Cleveland Browns fan, so I’m not that into football anymore). And a thought I hadn’t had before occurred to me. As usual, there was plenty of tributes featuring soldiers, the singing of America the Beautiful and The Star Spangled Banner,  a military honor guard, the flyover, and on and on. But this thought occurred during the halftime, during the Bruno Mars performance. The last song crammed in even more soldiers serving overseas.

Here’s the thought: Why do we drag out soldiers for every event, whether it’s specifically to honor them or not? It’s essentially soldier porn

This also reminded me that the Bastard in Chief 0bama, in his Shit on the Union address, had a scarred soldier up with his wife for display as well.

(Side note: 0bama is not alone in this, and I only single him out because he’s the current POTUS. Bush was exactly the same in this respect. As for those of you who take offense at me calling that son of a bitch a bastard, too bad.)

It’s essentially a patriotic circle jerk where we display soldiers on the screen until we climax with the national anthem and fire off the flyover money shot.

In short, it’s a perpetuation of the war culture: a mindset that leads us into plenty of unnecessary, often pointless, and now ridiculously protracted wars; maims assloads of people who serve this country, believing that their blood is what keeps it free (which is not always true); and fills plenty of body bags here and abroad while the goals and plans shift to justify the sacrifice, rather than really accomplishing a damned thing (Afghanistan, anyone?). And that pales in comparison to the collateral damage we bring to other countries when we start a’lobbin’ the bombs.

Now before all of you burst something, this is NOT a criticism of the average soldiers themselves. These are people who believe strongly enough in an ideal that they’re willing to go somewhere, in service to their country, where people will try to kill them. And even if you are in the camp that think dying for your country is foolish, their motives are good.  And for those who serve and those who die, there should be remembrance.

But the use of every event know to celebrate the war state perpetuates the idea that war is our natural condition. And as we continue the orgy of adulation in every event, we only embolden those who would see us fighting a war forever.

(As a bonus, I recorded this one so you can listen to me emote what I have written above. Eventually, I’ll get around to podcasting, but for now, enjoy.)

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Father, tech-head, political sage, and the Illustrious One of (little) 3x2 fame, I have been blogging for a few years now, and want to stretch in new directions, discover new things, and redefine redefining just for the fun of it. Nonetheless, having produced a pointless paragraph about me, I'll stop before something bursts.
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