Friday, January 27, 2006

"Sending" our "kids" to war

On his afternoon radio show on 100.3 KTLK-FM with Sarah Janecek, Brian Lambert used a liberal rhetorical device against U.S. participation in the Global War on Terror. He wanted to know how many politicians who support the war are "sending their kids to war."

We may send our kids to school, send them to the grocery store, send them to fill up the gas tank in family car, but to say that we are "sending" our "kids" to war is a distortion of reality. Ours is an all-volunteer military, they are not "sent" by their parents or conscripted by their country. Its members are adults, not "kids," who enlist and re-enlist, not victims with no other options for career or higher education (another liberal myth that Lambert perpetuated on air). They are professionals who believe in our country and their mission, as epitomized in their enlistment oath:
I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

They all deserve our gratitude for their service preserving our liberty. Condescension and ignorance does these heroes a disservice.


Kerry said...

You actually listen to them...? I may be mistaken, but I've taken their promos at face value, that the show will only be jibes and one liners back and forth. Is it more? Every third FM radio station with more than one announcer does jibe, jive and shuck.

Matt said...

KTLK-FM mixes its brand of "FM Talk" with the typical FM banter (like Andrew Colton and Kelly Guest during a.m. drive time), a good measure of news (Fox News plus a local newsroom reminiscent of the late, great all-news WMNN-AM), and legitimate political talk. Midmorning hosts Pat Kessler and Ann Cole (KFAN-AM Dan "Common Man" Cole's sister) make an entertaining pair. Lambert and Janecek are developing into a franchise team. Although Sarah isn't as conservative as one might prefer, she's legit: she hangs with the MOB at Keegan's and makes the rounds between Almanac and At Issue, plus there's that Politics in Minnesota deal she publishes. Her banter with Lambert, an unapologetic liberal, is entertaining and even enlightening. As the 2006 state campaigns heat up, Lambert and Janecek will be pulling me away from Hugh Hewitt more and more. Of course, veteran political reporter Kessler will also have plenty of juice this year.

Try KTLK-FM for a week. You might be pleasantly surprised.