Mike Ghouse on Hannity with Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney about Vietnam War Heroes
Tonight on Hannity, Mike Ghouse from the America Together Foundation said he believes Hayes “made a big mistake by not calling them heroes” but that he does have freedom of speech to say what he thinks." Hayes issued a written apology after the controversial comments and stated that he was “deeply sorry.”
While many Americans were honoring the veterans this Memorial Day weekend, MSNBC host Chris Hayes was speaking out against calling the men and women who have fought for this country heroes. He said, “I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war.”
Mike continued, "I am willing to give up my life defending our freedom, and if someone tells me that my life was not worth it, it would be offensive to me. On the other hand, I need to honor that we Americans are not sheepish; we differ based on what we believe."
I honor all our war veterans, if the war was immoral, it was not them, it is our leadership, and ultimately us, for not protesting enough to stop the wars. But we have to honor our heroes. I appreciate President Obama's speech and here are my talking points about what Chris Hayes said - about the conflict he has calling them heroes.
Mike's Talking points:
With Veterans Affairs secretary - who spoke literally the same words. Mike Chose not to use the word " I will be pissed off if someone tells me giving up life in defending our freedom is not worth it," However, the general used the word "jerk" to refer to Chris Hayes. I wish I had used it, as he and I would have been toe to toe on our take.
Vietnam Veterans are our heroes
1. The struggle Chris Hayes had was real, very real and that is very American to debate within us, in our conscious about the rightness of an issue.
2. We should not gang up on Chris Hayes, instead respectfully differ with him and let the community of nations know that, we are free enough to question even the sacred thing; the military.
3. Soldiers do get affected by the immoral wars and may do things that they should not, like the Abu Graib, blowing up a family celebrating wedding, urinating on dead enemy soldiers. However, we cannot blame the soldiers; we can blame the individuals who did not have the capacity to hold themselves accountable.
4. Probably Chris had difficulty in calling these men Heroes, it is just not him, and I am sure the fellow soldiers would feel the same. It’s an embarrassment and we should not stereo type our soldiers. They are heroes to begin with, but the rascals are among us all in every aspect of life, military is not an exception.
5. Let no one stereo type us, we are a nation of individualism and we differ on issues. Imagine a Martian telling us that we guys all think alike and don’t have the freedom to differ.
6. We as Citizens need to take the responsibility for gratuitous wars, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. There was no need for it. We need to hold the congress and the president responsible and not the soldiers, they did what they pledge to do; defend the nation.
7. God did not get angry with Adam, when Adam did not follow him, did he? That is the kind of attitude we need to develop that is what probably Jesus meant, when he said follow me or Krishna said to surrender to him or Allah said to submit to his will.
8. I do not agree with Chris, but I am proud of him for being an American to speak up his mind.
9. We are successful because we debate, we may not agree, but we value the God given freedom.
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