Guest Blogger, Mike T.- Nothing Wrong with Elitism

A few days ago I had the privilege to speak to an old friend who is currently serving on his 5th combat tour in Afghanistan alone (he left his civilian job after 9-11 and joined the military, he has two children and of course his amazing wife). While I was driving down the highway we spoke about the past few years and what has been going on in our lives. As the conversation continued we stumbled onto the topic of elitism. My friend and I have both not only been accused personally but have seen so many comments about it in the press and social media outlets. The definition of elitism is: The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources. When I say accused, I mean while in mid conversation concerning the war or the politics behind and how only 1% of this free public has served its nation and how mind blowing that is usually lands me under that title from someone. Not only me, but as I have said my dear friend has heard the same. In the military the world elite means something different to us apparently. I am not saying you have to be the Tier 1 operator running around in cool guy gear, you simply have to do your job to the best of your abilities and looking after your troops…that’s being elite.

I am still trying to figure out how there seems to be two very different implementations of this phrase in our country. There is the one have I just spoken of and the other, let’s take overpaid athletes who are considered elite. Why is this? These are our heroes? These are the people that we envision as elite because they can do what so very few can? Ok…I get it. Then what about the men and women of this country (the 1%’ers as I like to call them) and what they do that so very few can? Elite right? Nope…sorry…apparently too many in the general public think they are not. Yet a football player who is paid a disgusting amount of money to play a child’s game and even sometimes be allowed to act like a child is considered elite.

At rallies, coffee shop chatter, social media sites, and even media sites themselves I have read and heard hundreds of times how returning veterans should not be treated like heroes, role models, or elite Americans. How did we get here? How are children in awe of a 6’1 quarterback who has been accused of domestic violence and other interesting charges as a hero and not that PFC from Wyoming who just completed a combat tour, endured a hellish environment and survived just so that athlete can make millions never mind the security of our nation. Even if that PFC didn’t ever leave the FOB (Forward Operating Base), he or she went and did something very few in this country could. I no longer care about FOBBITS or who does what or doesn’t. This is about recognizing that our veterans and current service members are an elite class.

I am not bashing football players (I love the Giants) but any athlete or actor I don’t care. If they are given the privilege of being called elite, then holy hell so should our men and women who are, have or will serve this nation. These are the people that put their country first and not their own safety, financial gain or self interest. We have our fair share of screw ups in the military, but why aren’t children encouraged to serve their country in a capacity like the military or even government work? Why do we look at as if it was a prison sentence? Next time you see a individual who is in uniform or know someone who has served at some point in some capacity, look to your child and say…that’s an elite person!


4 thoughts on “Guest Blogger, Mike T.- Nothing Wrong with Elitism”

  1. I was injured in Afghanistan, and I can tell you right now, people are starting to open their eyes. It’s a slow push, but it’s happening. Soldiers are returning to civilian life, and more and more civilians are jobless and trying to get in some branch of the military.

    Eventually Americans will remember just what it means to be American. We could never have become independent as a Nation had we not took up arms against oppressors. We would never have invented revolutionary technology which powers our ships, aircraft, and even automobiles.

    I can say with pride that the U.S. Military is a force of good. The person wielding it could be in question, but ultimately, soldiers try their best to do the right thing. I’m not saying we don’t make mistakes, bad decisions, but from the start of their training, every soldier is taught to set an example, become the example. Do what’s right, protect innocence, fight, and if necessary die in order to preserve the freedom of the very ignorant folk who disgrace themselves as Americans and spread slander against soldiers to make themselves appeal to a disgruntled crowd of shared ignorance.

    If you want to speak badly of an entire organization because of the actions of one person, then let’s all sit down with J.W. Boothe and claim we all killed the Pres. That makes as much sense as the same nonsense we hear every day on the television and even the internet.

    If you are American, you don’t have to support the goals of its use, but support your soldiers. The live, fight, and die so that you can sit there and say and write your negativity against them. That’s what we do, we do it well, and by God, we won’t stop till every evil bastard has paid for what they’ve done. Osama was just the beginning. We’ve only just begun.

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