The Over-Valorization Dialectic


post-140407-0-99538100-1421996304 copyA now-retired War Correspondent has a new book in which he postulates that America is “over-valorizing” veterans and that PTSD is a “temporary treatable condition.” He has a right to say and write what he wants. I have the same right to disagree with him – and I do in part. But it’s becoming more and more clear that for some reason, that idea is being lost.

Whether it’s “transgendered restrooms” at a local Box store retailer or it’s Donald Trump or some other politician one doesn’t like, perhaps even a scientific “consensus” with which one disagrees, the scariest part of our system today is the ease with which American citizens call for the use of legal means to silence those who disagree and/or offend.

The classic definition of the “liberal” was one who defended the rather extraordinary and liberal rights that the Declaration of Independence and later the Constitution sought to preserve for the People of The United States. “I may not agree with you, but I will defend your right to say it,” was once upon the battle cry of the liberal.

No more, as the political left (incorrectly named “liberal”), and to an ever increasing extent, the political right both seek to use the force of government to silence those with differing opinions and positions. Today the battle cry is “I’m offended by that,” as if there is some sacred Creator secured right to not be offended.

What scares me, is the more people of good sense point this out, the louder they are assailed with disdain and calls for silence, until those who are truly “liberal” become little more than gormless brooders, sitting quietly but knowing that others must feel the same way, afraid to reach out and find those who think the same.

Whether I think that Veterans are “over-Valorized” or not, isn’t being a Service Member or a Veteran is about making sure that the right to say something offensive is protected?

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

Posted on May 25, 2016, in 1st Amendment, Constitution, Donald Trump and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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