With Memorial Day weekend, this seems appropriate.
There are many heroes. So much so that it seems a term too easily bandied around. But there are different kinds of heroes.
I have nothing against sports heroes, science heroes etc. People who stand out, inspiring others to be better, that's heroic, especially these days when mediocrity looms and there is a collectivist drive to quash competition.
And most innovators have bravely stood up against the status quo to produce things which have made life easier and better.
Heroes help others, without regard for themselves. Scared? Yep. But they go ahead. Police, fire, the shoe salesman down the block, the homemaker next door. Crisis calls and it's up to each of us to answer.
Military heroes especially today, bring to mind Alvin York, Audie Murphy and many more. From Bunker Hill to the mountains of Afghanistan, many have given the ultimate sacrifice. And that includes those who once wore grey. There. I said it.
Lately the Alinskyan trolls are frothing at the mouth about John Wayne and his 3A classification. It's another attempt to sully a great American. He didn't serve. Neither did my Dad, though he was one of the first to try in Indianapolis.
I won't go into the details, but I will tell you my impression. John Wayne was always a patriot. He was a movie hero, not a war hero. Also, I believe, but cannot prove, he participated as an intelligence agent. Just a hunch. Several public figures have. They can get into places a lot of people can't. Who knows?
Wayne's movies, besides being box office hits, inspire and motivate. Brushfire comes to mind.
And don't underestimate sci-fi etc. Getting people to think is the keystone of Freedom. Actually expanding their minds to possibilities.
Wayne was well loved and respected by a great deal of Hollywood, even some liberals. His fame is worldwide as is the affection for this man who spoke his mind. His great respect for the military was returned and he visited troops from WW2 to Vietnam.
Of course, the collectivists hate him. He is strength and truth, their anathema.
And those who have returned, to a man, have said the real heroes are the ones who didn't come back.
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