Contempt or Condescension For Those That Serve
I admit that I watch Bill Maher's left wing love fest of a political show sometimes. Like a good car wreck, I look as I channel surf through my 62 HBO options of crap on Friday night as I lay in bed watching TV while not having sex.
Sometimes he has one conservative who is pounded constantly by three leftists. On this night the "right" was represented by Florida Congresswoman Ileanna Ros-Lehtinen.
The rest of the time he has Andrew Sullivan on the show.
Anyway, I saw an exchange last weekend in which Richard Belzer tries to say he admires and loves the troops, but he, not they, knows what is going on in Iraq. Why? Because they are stupid, uneducated kids who couldn't get a job and had no choice but to go into the military. Don't take my word for it. Let's read the video:
Richard Belzer: "Yeah, come on. Our soldiers now are at ..."
Ros-Lehtinen: "Are a volunteer force, a volunteer force."
Belzer: "Okay, fine. No one questions the nobility and the honor that these men and woman who are serving and what they're doing. No one questions that. [For the record, I don't believe him. I think he does question all those things. And now, I hear a "Buttmonkey" coming.] But now they're targets, they're not going out. Now they're just protecting each other and they're in the middle of a civil war. So it's really not fair to have these people who volunteered their lives to protect our nation under false pretenses to now be a target ..."
[Loud applause for Belzer]
Ros-Lehtinen: "Ask them. Ask them if it's fair! Wait a minute, wait a minute. My stepson, wait a minute, my stepson ..."
Belzer: "That's bullshit. Ask them! They're not .. they don't read twenty newspapers a day [It probably hasn't occured to Belzer that newspapers may not be the most accurate sources of information on Iraq]. They're under the threat of death every minute. They're not the best people to ask about the war because they're going to die any second."
Ros-Lehtinen: "Wait a minute! You are talking about my stepson, my stepson who just finished last week eight months of duty ..."
Belzer: "God bless your stepson. Doesn't mean he's a brilliant scholar about the war because he's there. And God bless him."
Ros-Lehtinen: "Oh, you are though! You are though? Okay."
Belzer: "Well I have more time, I'm not there. My life is not under threat."
Ros-Lehtinen: "Thank you. Thank you. I'm glad."
Bill Maher: "I think the point he's trying to make is that a 19-year-old who is in that army because he probably couldn't find other employment ..."
Ros-Lehtinen: "He's a college graduate. He's a Marine officer. He volunteered for the Marines."
Belzer: "He's the exception for the rule."
Ros-Lehtinen: "He's not the exception for the rule. I've been there ..."
Belzer: "You think everyone over there is a college graduate? They're 19 and 20-year-old kids who couldn't get a job ..."
To Maher's credit, after Belzer followed this exchange with an "F" bomb, Maher told him he ws crossing the line and losing him.
Sadly, this is the attitude of the military I see from a large segment of the hard left.
I am not saying that one all who are liberal or against this war have an improper view of the military and the people in it. I am simply talking about those that do, and they are numerous.
There are two kinds of leftists as I see it. Some believe that those in the military are part of a silly, patriotic, unquestioning war mongering fringe. They hold these people in contempt for their uncivilized bruteness and assume the worst of them at all times. Others, like Belzer, have view our brave and sacrificing soldiers as "poor children who don't know any better."
This is called condescension.
They don't see it that way. Why kid ourselves with the Left's "Buttmonkeys."
"Saddam was not a nice guy, but . . . ."
"Sure we don't want another 9/11, but . . . ."
"The people in the military are heroes, but . . . ."
A good friend of mine in my church is shipping out to Iraq this week. He served in Afghanistan already. He is college educated, gainfully employed, older, and has stayed in the reserves despite having a six figure income for several years. He also has run our missions, foreign and domestic, for several years.
A mentally unbalanced war monger? Just another stupid kid who couldn't get a job? Yet another exception to the rule?
You tell me Dick Belzer.