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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:10 AM

The Great Con of American Patriotism


The Great Con of American Patriotism
by Robert Scheer


(Truthdig) American soldiers born decades apart in the state of New York, Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen, are two crucial dissenting voices that have experienced firsthand the futility and brutality of America’s interventionist wars. Kovic, a Marine veteran who was paralyzed in the Vietnam War, has spent the rest of his life fighting against the U.S. war machine. The film “Born on the Fourth of July,” starring Tom Cruise, was based on his book, a work he hoped would combine with his activism to dissuade young people from buying into the toxic patriotism that leads Americans to fight destructive, ultimately pointless wars.

In the latest installment of “Scheer Intelligence,” Kovic tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer, “I couldn’t stop speaking against that war. I was arrested a dozen times. I—every single day was life and death. Every single day, I know that there could be another young man like Ron Kovic being paralyzed, another young man from a town or a farm somewhere in this country, being killed in that war that had to stop.”

Sadly, Sjursen, who says he watched the film based on Kovic’s life before he was even of age to join the military, explains that he wasn’t able to hear past what he calls the “faux patriotism” that pushed him to attend the U.S. Military Academy, as well as do tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I think the fact that I didn’t learn the lessons from Ron Kovic’s story,” Sjursen laments, “(is) proof of the power of the masculinity that is associated with military service, and this notion of nationalism and patriotism. It’s so prevalent that it’s, in some ways, if it’s not fought every day … it will continue despite the lessons before us.”

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RK: I love my country, but my best way of showing my patriotism today is to tell the truth, and to continue to write, and to continue to tell what really happened, and what it really means to be wounded. What it really means physically and psychologically. You know, we have 20, what do we have, 22 Iraq and Afghan veterans a day committing suicide, and the suicide rate among Vietnam veterans still to this day is very high. So to tell the truth, continue to write the truth, that’s what patriotism is. ....................(more)

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-great-con-of-american-patriotism/




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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:13 AM

1. Excellent read. Thanks for posting!

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:15 AM

2. Interesting explanation from the toxic masculinity angle.

These vets continue to serve our country with their words.

Thanks for posting.

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:21 AM

3. K&R

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 03:00 PM

4. I am a veteran

But I never served in Vietnam. I enlisted and I knew the war was wrong. When my children were born I knew if there was a draft I would personally drive them (3 sons) to Canada to avoid a waste of time or their life on a FAKE WAR.......

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