Whenever there is a holiday, it’s a guarantee that some liberal will try to ruin it in the most offensive way possible. They say things like Thanksgiving celebrates genocide, Halloween promotes racism, and Christmas honors sexual assault. Today is Memorial Day, and wouldn’t you know it, a liberal thinks we should be celebrating anti-war activists, deserters, and draft dodgers.
Vox is a website run by dumb liberals that explain the news to even dumber liberals. Nothing illustrates that more than Dylan Matthews piece It’s time we have a holiday to honor those who try to stop wars too. The author tries to argue that because we honor our soldiers who died in battle on Memorial Day and our soldiers who bravely served on Veteran’s Day, it only makes sense to give similar respect to those who oppose war and refuse to serve.
After reducing the importance of Memorial Day to the lefty notion that all it does is remind us of the terrible human cost of war, Matthews writes:
Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.
Followed closely by this absurd notion:
War resistors can be heroes
The author then goes on an extended rant diminishing US military action:
American history is littered with examples of pointless wars fought for bad reasons, and with people who risked their careers and their freedom to oppose them.
After praising a bunch of socialists and anarchists that have opposed US military intervention Matthews tells us this:
You don’t have to be a pacifist to respect resistance
Desertion is an extreme measure, and it’s easy to condemn those who resisted in that manner, to claim they were cowards or fell down on their duties to their fellow soldiers…That makes the contribution of those who did the latter all the braver and more commendable — and all the more necessary too.
While you are still trying to wrap your head around the fact that this author thinks anti-war deserters are braver than the soldiers who stayed and fought, he points out that there are places in this world that actually do honor cowards:
Other countries have started to recognize this and honor their war resisters accordingly. A memorial in Glasgow, Scotland — a hotbed of British antiwar sentiment during World War I — commemorates “those who opposed World War One in order to challenge the purpose of the war and the waste of lives.” Monuments in Ypres, Belgium and Alrewas, England honor those World War I soldiers who, due both to disillusionment and sheer terror, deserted rather than continue killing in an unjust war. An official monument to Austrian deserters of World War II was unveiled in Vienna last year. The sculptor Mehmet Aksoy’s Monument to the Unknown Deserters of Both World Wars, debuted in West Germany in 1989, honors “the man who refused to kill his fellow man.”
Matthews may be crazy, but at least he’s somewhat realistic:
The US is a long ways away from accepting, say, a memorial for those who deserted the military or dodged the draft during Vietnam. Merely deciding to spare them prosecution was controversial enough — and their counterparts from Iraq and Afghanistan still face the possibility of jail time for refusing to kill. Even the more modest step of honoring those who tried to stop war through peaceful means — organized protest, tax evasion, other forms of civil disobedience —would likely be a tall order.
And while the author wants a deserter memorial and a draft dodger day, he thinks we should at least give them a high-five until the US becomes more “enlightened” on the issue of dissent and treason:
But some wars aren’t worth fighting. Some causes aren’t worth sacrificing American lives for. Those who’ve fought to remind the government of those basic facts deserve our respect and our thanks.
I honestly can’t think of a more offensive way to disrespect the sacrifices our soldiers have made for this country than to suggest a day of remembrance for anti-American socialist war dissenters and deserters. Just when I think liberals can’t get anymore horrible; they prove me wrong.