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randwolf

Old solider

I ended up, entirely by accident, writing this post on Memorial Day, which is strangely appropriate.

It was also a very strange thing which prompted this post: during the runup to this war I realized that I found the W. Bush administration's behavior deeply dishonorable and unpatriotic. And this was very strange, since I never had thought of myself as having a sense of honor or patriotism. I mentioned it in a comment on Making Light a few weeks ago. And then I found myself reflecting that most of my political writing could be ascribed to honor and patriotism and that I seem to have a flair for strategy and tactics and a hatred of war. All of which leads me to conclusion that, despite having no military background whatever, I sometimes think like an old soldier.

How very odd.

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"...I realized that I found the W. Bush administration's behavior deeply dishonorable and unpatriotic. And this was very strange, since I never had thought of myself as having a sense of honor or patriotism..."

I've noticed the same feeling, and I think I know why this administration in particular arouses it (in myself, anyway). They cloak everything, everything they do in terms of honor and patriotism. They've taken the trouble to highlight the issues for us, and to define them in terms of those issues becomes natural. Given that measuring stick, one is sort of forced to look at one's own conception and quantity of honor and patriotism.

I suspect this is one major reason the administration is as polarizing as it is. Being that they've chosen such rarefied a level in which to define themselves (and by association, or lack thereof, the rest of the country), they are either the apex of honor or its nadir, either upholding and exemplifying patriotism or misusing and sullying it.

Just one man's observations (and trying to be at least a bit non-partisan, given my extremely strong feelings, if only for the sake of objective reasoning about the phenomenon).

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