Monday, February 28, 2005

 

Speaking Of The Oscars. . .

Frank Pearson, the President of the Motion Picture Academy of America, came out tonight and offered his praise of American military personnel serving worldwide.

It was nice to hear him praise the troops, but I must take issue with the generic "pray for the swift and safe return of our soldiers" line. Not because it's incorrect; everyone (well, *almost* everyone) can agree with it. It's just that it's an incomplete sentiment that reveals how low our definition of patriotism has sunk.

How come you never hear anyone in Hollywood, or anywhere in non-political public life, ever pray for the swift, safe, AND victorious return of our troops? Would such sentiment in favor of actually winning be too jingo for the crowd, too full of insensitive, ignorant bloodlust?

I can only imagine Gary Cooper at the 1941 Academy Awards praising "the troops," but never mentioning the hope that before they return home they might grab a few Nazi and Jap scalps on the way back.

Hmmm. Anyone know where I can track down a transcript of any of the Oscar ceremonies during World War II? I'd be really curious what statements were made, if any, concerning the war, and compare them to recent ceremonies. Something tells me I wouldn't be surprised.

Anyways, to offer a clumsy but perhaps illuminating analogy, it's like telling everyone who listens that you're a diehard Boston Red Sox fan, even though you've never been to a game, never worn their hat, and couldn't name a player. Then, when the Red Sox meet the Yankees in the playoffs, you cheer them on by saying that you "really hope the BoSox hurry up and return home without any players injured," but you never once mention that you hope that the Red Sox beat the Yankees to win it all. Oh, and that you hate the Yankees and the ground they walk on.

If you witnessed such behavior in a Boston fan, one would be hard-pressed to say that person is really a fan, right?

Well, how come such odd sentiment is unheard of in something as trivial as sports, but the identical sentiment is accepted, even encouraged, when it comes to supporting your nation in a time of war?

Of course, questioning how bizarre it is means you're "questioning the patriotism" of the person saying such a thing.

Okay, fine; guilty as charged. I *am* questioning the patriotism of such a stance.

Call me old-fashioned, but "my country, right or wrong" actually means something to me. Perhaps my love of country is foolishly misplaced, but to many folks, it's as natural as supporting your family when they get in trouble. That doesn't mean you don't argue with your parents or complain about your cousins, but it does mean that when they get in trouble and need your help, you help them, because they are family. Again, however, while such sentiment is natural when family is discussed, it becomes foreign the moment you apply it to your-- our-- country.

I don't get it.

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Comments:
I don't get it either. I think that a large number of people in this country really believe that any conflict with anyone else is a disaster in and of itself, and that the best you can hope for is that both sides shout at each other for a while, give up, and then return home.

These people no longer believe in themselves or their country enough to wish for victory, or even to realize that some things must be fought for. I think that they are simply incredulous that anyone could choose to fight over anything at all.

They apply this thinking to our enemies as well. Having no beliefs of their own worth defending with blood, they assume that no one could possibly feel that way unless they were a savage. Therefore if anyone wants to fight us, we must have offended them horribly to provoke them.

Fucking wankers.
 
"...it's like telling everyone who listens that you're a diehard Boston Red Sox fan, even though you've never been to a game, never worn their hat, and couldn't name a player."

Come on, the guy lost the election, cut Kerry some slack already ;)
 
"...it's like telling everyone who listens that you're a diehard Boston Red Sox fan, even though you've never been to a game, never worn their hat, and couldn't name a player."

Come on, the guy lost the election, cut Kerry some slack already ;)
 
(sorry for the double post, blogger's commenting system hates me.)
 
The fucking wankers (a perfect assessment of them, love it) are such a rabid bunch of George W. haters that to wish for victory equates in their minds to wishing success for the commander-in-chief. Sure, I'm a government tool, but I chose to be! I'm the girl-next-door and I support fighting terrorism, not just saying "Be safe, Troopies!", but actually doing something, sure I want my husband home safe, but I also want the troops to come home because we've beat the bastards! Yes- We can do it!!! People need to get behind that idea, not their fake sentiments and yellow ribbons.
 
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