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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Baseball players wearing camouflage? Make sports, not war Add to ...

There is the disorienting sense of rah-rah about the whole thing. It’s a celebration, which seems the wrong tone if what we are doing is honouring those who have been harmed or risked harm on our behalf.

In U.S. arenas, they’ve been slowly phasing out the military trappings. The paying public can apparently tolerate only so many patriotic ballads and fly-overs.

One thing they still do regularly is focus in on one veteran during a break in play, name him or her, and allow the crowd to react as it will. In every instance, it’s a rousing and respectful ovation. That is a heartening and specific act. It’s not an endorsement of an institution or an idea, but of a single person. I’m always about as cynical as it comes, but it gives me chills every time.

Seeing your heroes running around in camo is neither heartening nor instructive. It’s toying with politics. Cheering in that environment is a mandate of the hive mind, because are you going to be the one guy who sits on his hands while everyone is standing? No matter how good the intention, it’s coercive and arbitrary.

Paul D(uda) Posted: May 27, 2014 at 04:26 PM | 71 comment(s)
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