Noticed this in the comments section over at Blackfive:
Here’s a hypothetical for everyone:
How do we react if suddenly–as appears may be happening–all our wars are “good” wars, and supporting the troops is the hip thing to do, now that Obama is president?
Do we gracefully accept the change, or do we ask all these new “patriots” where their support was while Bush was president?
This is a tough one. I’m inclined to gracefully accept the newfound “patriotism” and support, even though I’m angry as hell that it wasn’t there during Bush’s tenure.
I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, and besides, support is support, even if it’s based strictly on politics, crowd following, peer pressure, and faddishness.
I guess before we can answer the question of how will “old” patriots treat “new” patriots, we need to ask if there will be, in fact, many “new” patriots at all. Of course, we’ve been treated to hordes of “the America I know and love is finally back”-type sewage since the election, but that doesn’t count.
I think the “all wars are ‘good’ wars” in the comment is a bit much, as none of the “old” patriots think that, let alone converts from hippydom. But if there is suddenly a new large group of citizens who support the troops and clamor for victory, things are going to be a bit weird.
It’s not like a single event cannot change someone’s perspective on patriotism, of course. 9/11 was a huge, honest, and lasting shock to millions. But I’m skeptical that the mere election of Barack Obama will suddenly cause pro-victory military supporters to sprout up. The media will probably ease off a bit on the negative war reporting, but I don’t really expect it to be a drastic lasting change.
What do you guys think?