April 23, 2004


Ron Hardin

It's another celebrity soap opera orgy. Nobody does these guys the honor of taking them seriously. It's even on both sides now. Soap opera takes over everything.

Ron Hardin

Here's a caller to Limbaugh Friday (13:38-45) who's a Green Beret, making something of the same point, though he diagnoses the problem as the Left rather than the soap opera market; a nice line though that people use deaths as pawns without understanding what's going on. http://rhhardin.home.mindspring.com/greenberet.ram it gets better at the end.

Even the right is using them as pawns now. Soap opera takes over.

If you wanted to honor Tillman, you might instead think to say something about the strategic vision, say that the United States will no longer co-inhabit the globe with 11th century governments that breed Islamo-nutballism, because it is too dangerous, with modern weapons available, to ignore them. The first choice, Bush's choice, is to give them a better life; the second choice, if that does not work, is to kill them all. That would be my version, and I dare say it has something in common with theirs. I may be mistaken, but I'm at least taking them seriously.

What happens in public debate is instead weepy gestures to nothing. Why? It pulls in audience. Why the right is doing it though is a puzzle. But then they're not defending Bush's plan either.

The guy says there's nothing special about Tillman; something of Limbaugh's point too. I characterize it as taking them seriously. In Vicki Hearne's terms http://www.dogtrainingarts.com/essays_animal_rights.mgi , not as suffering fluff or helpless fluff. Taking something seriously undoes propaganda; but it doesn't have to be propaganda, just the celebrity and soap opera culture that drives out everything.

What is offensive is not taking them seriously.

Ron Hardin

> Update: This is how the story should be reported.

>> Sacrifice now has a face, and a voice.

I'd even be peevish and say that's wrong too. The fact is that society is very uneasy when a celebrity football player dies in this way. Something has to be written. There's a divergence of interests.

I'd say : No, sacrifice does not now have a face and a voice, it exactly always might turn up anywhere, in any circumstances. It knows no limits. It is not safe. It doesn't fit in. And yet you find it, and it still doesn't fit in.

After that published line, there's a ``let's see how well we can write this'' piece; the word processor is audible.

I'd have left it : Pat Tillman, a Ranger and former Arizona Cardinal safety, was killed in combat today in Afghanistan.

That way I'm sure I'm not trying to get something for it, and it's everything that should be said.

I'd add that it's almost like you have to earn the right to say more than that, but I don't know how to express it. Not because it's Tillman, either.

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