Here’s MoveOn’s ad:
And here’s part of Bill Kristol’s NYT Op-Ed containing some poignant remarks from an actual mother of a soldier: (Read the Full Piece)
…So, why, I wondered after first seeing the MoveOn ad, did I find it so … creepy?
I was having trouble putting my finger on just why until I came across a post by a mother of a soldier recently deployed in Iraq, at the Web site BlueStarChronicles.com.
Here’s what the mother of an actual soldier has to say about the remarks of the mother of the prospective non-soldier in the ad:
“Does that mean that she wants other people’s sons to keep the wolves at bay so that her son can live a life of complete narcissism? What is it she thinks happens in the world? … Someone has to stand between our society and danger. If not my son, then who? If not little Alex then someone else will have to stand and deliver. Someone’s son, somewhere.”
This is the sober truth. Unless we enter a world without enemies and without war, we will need young men and women willing to risk their lives for our nation. And we’re not entering any such world.
We do, however, live in a free country with a volunteer army. In the United States, individuals can choose to serve in the military or not. The choice not to serve should carry no taint, nor should it be viewed with the least prejudice. If Alex chooses to pursue other opportunities, he won’t be criticized by John McCain or anyone else.
But that’s not at all the message of the MoveOn ad.
The MoveOn ad is unapologetic in its selfishness, and barely disguised in its disdain for those who have chosen to serve — and its contempt for those parents who might be proud of sons and daughters who are serving. The ad boldly embraces a vision of a selfish and infantilized America, suggesting that military service and sacrifice are unnecessary and deplorable relics of the past.
And the sole responsibility of others.
UPDATE: I forgot to link to my former post about the whole, “McCain – 100 years of war,” comment so you can actually hear what he said in context. This is important because when you listen to it in context, you will immediately realize that his actual comment has absolutely nothing to do with a 100 year long war in Iraq. Listen to it here. But then again, telling the truth would destroy the entire premise of MoveOn’s silly ad, so…