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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Anchoring Reality

The Anchoress covers two important stories. The first is the Iraqi president's thank you to the US, and the second is about European politics and a recent court ruling.

I have to say this. The national American press would rather commit mass suicide than allow the American military one moment of recognition for its incredible efforts and achievements. They hate the military. They despise military men and women. They hate what they stand for with a drooling neurotic passion that's almost unbelievable.

The real culture war in this country is not between Christians and secular humanists but between the victimologists and those who preserve the traditional ethos of duty, honor, truthfulness, personal accountability and subordination of the personal ego to a broader goal. The press hates military men and women because they fall in the second category.


Comments:
Excellent distinctions- especially the 'culture war' as you aptly describe it, is of far greater consequence than most of us realize.

That 'culture war' will serve to define us.
 
Actually it is different than hate the Military, the media is composed of the Vietnam era draft dodgers who allowed poor guys to die in their places. The media is composed of guilt ridden self hating lefties who must act out condemnation of the Military or face their own cowardice. The sons and daughters of this crowd (Red Diaper Babies or Red White and Yellow Kids) continue with the process rather than attack their parents for their cowardice. If they toss their shit on all of the Military they stay pristine in their own minds.
 
Rather than either or, I would attribute the controversy to the one broader based dichotomy giving rise to the symptomatic, more specific one.

Christian moral view supporting the idea of building strength and virtue, and the Humanist giving rise to various victim theories.

I wouldn't agree with Howard at all ( sorry Howard), basically because that idea is too simplistic, merely raising the old controversy and trying to make it fit new boots. Not that I have it figured out, Howard...still looking at it, but I do think it has some component of "staying pristine in their own minds". That would bear some closer looking at.
 
They hate the military.

I'm not sure hate is the right word, but whatever the right word is, just so you know, the feeling is reciprocated.
 
I don't know, Ilona. I think Howard described the genesis of at least half of this.

It is pretty hard to contemplate the reality that some people are heading off literally to die for you and your family. They seem to have to denigrate those who do in order to protect their own self images.

The other half is Marxism, which is alive and well in the national press. Marxism is positively allergic to the idea of individual responsibility and duty.

Tommy, where I live most people are gazing at the coverage of Katrina with dumbfounded looks on their faces. What can I say? Our local Dems don't share this contempt and rage against the military.

As for Marxist thought among the elites, see Political Affairs.net, which notes happily that it provides "arxist thought online". Read their current issue and compare how close it is to the automatic tendencies of the national press.
 
“The real culture war in this country is not between Christians and secular humanists but between the victimologists and those who preserve the traditional ethos of duty, honor, truthfulness, personal accountability and subordination of the personal ego to a broader goal.”

Well stated! I prefer to think of the culture war as between those who encourage maturity and civility and those who encourage narcissism and indecency. One example of the latter is the need to perceive “victims” so that I can perceive myself as a (grandiosely “good and powerful”) “rescuer”. To do that, of course, I need some group that is grandiosely “evil and powerful”--voila, le “Military”—to fill the role of “persecutor”. The difficulty, of course, is that to stay “good and powerful”, I must filter out anything that might change this perception, such as the “Military” accomplishing anything “good”.
 
Josh - that does seem to hit the nail on the head. "Narcissism and indecency" is exactly what these types are really promoting.

Likewise with the wacky wing of feminism, which is absolutely not about equal rights. Now it is about subjugating and harassing every traditional male value in culture.

I'm a "class traitor" for admiring and respecting Chief No Nag. That also is deeply rooted in Marxism.
 
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