Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Well, here it is...the latest person to step forward and make a complete jackass out of themselves. This column, written by UMASS grad student Rene Gonzalez is a knee-jerk, wingnut left hit piece on Pat Tillman, who, though Gonzalez provided no information and did no research upon, was a "Rambo" who "got what he deserved". This is an incredibly embarrassing, and yes KNEE-JERK reaction by an atypical wannabe revolutionary who sees herself as the uncola of the conservative movement. They say hero, she says nazi. They say white, she says black. Based upon his photograph, she makes a decision about what motivated him.

Of course, everything we have read about Tillman goes against that. He was a quite, unassuming guy, who did what he did because he felt strongly about something other than the type of mindless hatred we see in this moronic piece.

By Rene Gonzalez
April 28, 2004

When the death of Pat Tillman occurred, I turned to my friend who was watching the news with me and said, "How much you want to bet they start talking about him as a 'hero' in about two hours?" Of course, my friend did not want to make that bet. He'd lose. In this self-critical incapable nation, nothing but a knee-jerk "He's a hero" response is to be expected.

I've been mystified at the absolute nonsense of being in "awe" of Tillman's "sacrifice" that has been the American response. Mystified, but not surprised. True, it's not everyday that you forgo a $3.6 million contract for joining the military. And, not just the regular army, but the elite Army Rangers. You know he was a real Rambo, who wanted to be in the "real" thick of things. I could tell he was that type of macho guy, from his scowling, beefy face on the CNN pictures. Well, he got his wish. Even Rambo got shot in the third movie, but in real life, you die as a result of being shot. They should call Pat Tillman's army life "Rambo 4: Rambo Attempts to Strike Back at His Former Rambo 3 Taliban Friends, and Gets Killed."

But, does that make him a hero? I guess it's a matter of perspective. For people in the United States, who seem to be unable to admit the stupidity of both the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars, such a trade-off in life standards (if not expectancy) is nothing short of heroic. Obviously, the man must be made of "stronger stuff" to have had decided to "serve" his country rather than take from it. It's the old JFK exhortation to citizen service to the nation, and it seems to strike an emotional chord. So, it's understandable why Americans automatically knee-jerk into hero worship.Pat Tillman Got what was coming to him


Blogger Politically Lost said...

I think your priorities of whom you decide to criticize are a bit out of whack.

Who cares about idiots on the fringe left that are saying moronic things about Tillman?

Don't you think the assault on our constitutional liberties would make for more interesting fodder?

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