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The Cult of the Uniform

From Laurence Vance.

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From the New York Times Sunday Review:

NO symbol is more sacred in American life right now than the military uniform. The cross is divisive; the flag has been put to partisan struggle. But the uniform commands nearly automatic and universal reverence. In Congress as on television, generals are treated with awed respect, service members spoken of as if they were saints. Liberals are especially careful to make the right noises: obeisance to the uniform having become the shibboleth of patriotism, as anti-Communism used to be. Across the political spectrum, throughout the media, in private and public life, the pieties and ritual declarations are second nature now: “warriors,” “heroes,” “mission”; “our young men and women in uniform,” “our brave young men and women,” “our finest young people.” So common has this kind of language become, we scarcely notice it anymore.

The rest is mostly good. Although the author is a little hard to figure out, read the rest here. I certainly don’t agree with this: “We owe them respect and gratitude—even if we think the wars they’re asked to fight are often wrong.” Imagine if the author had said this: “We owe them respect and gratitude—even if we think the family members of mine they are asked to kill would be wrong.” Sadly, the attitude of many Americans is “foreign families dying is okay; American families dying is bad.”

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