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Viewpoint: William Deresiewicz

From The New York Times: “No symbol is more sacred in American life right now than the military uniform. Across the political spectrum...

“No symbol is more sacred in American life right now than the military uniform. Across the political spectrum, in private and public life, the pieties and ritual declarations are second nature now: ‘warriors,’ ‘heroes,’ ‘our young men and women in uniform.’ The greater the sacrifice that has fallen on one small group of people, the members of the military and their families, the more we have gone from supporting our troops to putting them on a pedestal. In the Second World War, everybody fought. Soldiers were not remote figures; they were us. Now, instead of sharing the burden, we sentimentalize it. This is also a form of service, I suppose: lip service.”

William Deresiewicz in The New York Times

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