In the video above, NRA “New Commentator” Dom Raso asks “Do We Deserve the WWII Generation’s Sacrifice?” It’s the flag-waving pro-freedom rant you’d expect from Mr. Raso, a former Navy SEAL. And then some. And yet, in these days of the Internet, where anyone and everyone can question received wisdom, YouTube commentators have hit Mr. Raso’s “greatest generation” thesis with both barrels. “Bullshit,” Ray Haws opines. “It was the WW2 generation that gave us . . .
socialism, gun control, the welfare state, the police state, the war on drugs, and the military industrial complex. Don’t get me wrong they kicked the shit out of some very bad countries but politically they where one of the greatest destroyers of liberty and prosperity in this country. Whether or not they where decieved or intentional about it, it did in fact happen on their watch.
Yes, well, there is that. In this reality check, Mr. Haws is not alone. Check out Tyco Caine’s take:
Wait, WTF? The socialist slide this country took started with that generation. Just like those of us who serve now, those who served then were normal human beings with all of the foibles and limitations that being human entails. When you study history, you should make an effort not to romanticize it Dom. My grandfather was at Okinawa (and other battles in the Pacific) and he was a racist, sexist, violent, son of a bitch of a man who did not care about anyone’s freedom but his own. Don’t get me wrong, we all loved the bastard until the day he died (and still do), but you are projecting YOUR vision of what those men fought for on to a large disparate group of people who had complex reasons behind why they did the things they did. How do you like it when people say that you “fought for oil” or project their bullshit on your service and motivations?