This is becoming a tiresome trend. Â Every time someone makes a stand or expresses an opinion that is not satisfactory to the holier than thou crowd, the first thing that is done is to post up pictures of injured or killed military personnel in the theory of showing what a “real hero” or some other half baked sentiment is all about.
The latest is of course the controversy of Colin Kaepernick. Â His refusal to stand for the National Anthem set off a flurry of anger. Similar issues Â occurred with Caitlyn Jenner when she first came out and transitioned to a woman. Â Now this is not about agreeing with Colin Kaepernick, nor is is what you think of Caitlyn Jenner.
This is about the vitriol that is spewed in the direction of people like Kaepernick and Jenner (among others). Â The attack comes with the lack of understanding of how someone could look up to them, and as such, feel the need to tear them down. Â This comes with the rant of “This is not a hero” and then a picture of a veteran with “This is a hero.”
What most seem to not understand is that vitriol and hatred being thrown in their direction is precisely why they are seen as a hero to some. Â Kaepernick, for putting a voice to those feeling as if African-Americans are not being given a fair chance in this country (again, I am not discussing the merit of these things, as they are a topic all their own), and Jenner for being strong enough to step from the shadows and put of face to those struggling living the life of a transgender. Â For those living with these struggles, having someone that is willing to step up and take the hits, makes them a hero, whether you want to agree with their reasons or not.
On top of that, it is disrespectful to those you are calling heros using them to attack others in this way.
Free speech works both ways, and if you don’t agree with someone’s position, you have every much of a 1st amendment right to express your opinion as the person you disagree with, but don’t use our veterans to attempt to squelch the rights of others or to denigrate them. Â It is insulting and makes only serves to make you look foolish.