I may or may not get around to writing a full post on this, but I did want to put something out there in case I don’t have the time to expand on it:
Soldiers are one of the comparatively few groups that conservatives are considered to have in their tent that there are strong social norms – across mainstream ideology – against ever saying anything remotely negative about. Thus, when something not-actually-all-that-negative (in this case, the expressed absence of something unremittingly positive) is said about them, it’s one of their real opportunities to get on a high horse about it. And they do. It’s very satisfying to get on one’s high horse and tell people what they cannot say.
This is not to say that I agree with Hayes’s comments or (more especially) the timing of it. I don’t. I can, however, explain why without saying that he hates the military or that he is in no position to say such a thing because he never served.
I wish I could go on, but I’m at a Super-8, it’s getting late, and I have another day of driving tomorrow. I am also positively rejuvenated, as far as blogging ideas go, and have gone from trying to think of something to write about to trying to figure out which thing I should write about. The Vegas trip was that good for me (thanks, Burt!).