The Butt Hurt Locker
By SGT Awesome
In the past month my newsfeeds have been inundated with veterans bitching and moaning or even threatening violence simply because their feelings were hurt or their image was insulted.
Whether it’s someone stepping on the flag, some reporter calling us ticking time bombs, females getting considered for combat arms, or the final straw that caused this rant:
Under Armour made a picture of some dudes putting up a basketball hoop and staged it in such a way to be reminiscent of the flag raising on Iwo Jima on Feb 23rd, 1945 and slapped it on a shirt titled “Band of Ballers.”
Yet judging from internet comments it seems like the only thing keeping the veteran community from going full-on Baltimore is that being tough on the internet is just too convenient.
Is this what we’ve become? We spent the last decade and a half at war hating every single new politically correct bullshit power point that was pushed down on us and mocking anyone whose feelings were so easily hurt that they’d need something like a trigger warning but as soon as someone offends us? Well now it’s time to throw down (via internet comment of course)!
Hold your hypocritical horses there, Jose. You don’t get to spend your time representing yourself as a hard dicked, offensive, pull no punches, bad ass only to do a 180 when it’s your butt that gets hurt.
That’s exactly the shit we’ve been railing against for the last decade! Remember invading Iraq? Do you remember having to spend days upon days checking off SHARP/EO/Suicide Stand Down/Resilience/Etc… training before heading over? Fuck no. You got your MOPP gear, you got your rifle, and you got sandbags to protect your gunner if you were lucky.
Hit Afghanistan before the pull out of Iraq? Remember being the red headed step child of the military? No one gave two shits we were there which meant they didn’t give a shit about you. Did that offend you? Fuck no. We were there to kick ass and take names. Getting Iraq’s hand-me-downs just made us spit our tobacco chew that much further as we took it in stride.
At no point ever from Basic Training on does the military teach you to be a god damn whining pussy. Certainly I can think of no experience at war that one can learn this behavior either. So I question now why so many of us seemingly have become that which we spent so long railing against.
Is it the media? Should we make AFN more widely available maybe? (NEVER shake your baby!)
Is it a lack of necessity to be mentally tough that we allow ourselves to slip and become that which we once despised?
Is it simply blindness to what we are doing? Has 15 years at war and 15 years of being told “America loves the troops” finally saturated us so deeply that we can’t recognize a hypocritical thought when it comes to us?
We seem to think as though anything and anyone that has ever been in history that is military related is sacrosanct. Well… there must be a limit. Obviously if people satirized the 300 warriors at Thermopylae we’d get a good chuckle. Is our bias geographically or chronologically based? Is it a bit of both?
Regardless of where the line lay I am here to call it what it is: fucking bullshit.
Aren’t we supposed to be tough, bad ass killing machines? When did we require so many hurt feelings reports? I thought that was only for those lily-livered civilians or the PC police who we constantly mock. At no point should you think it is okay to inflict violence upon someone for hurting your feelings and at no point should you assume offense when none was intended.
The victim mentality is for the weak and if I learned one thing in my military career it is that you fuckers are not weak. You ARE the hard dicked, offensive, pull no punches, bad asses that you represent. You’ve been through the valley of death and you came back with a notch on your buttstock and a Clint Eastwood-esque sneer ready at a moment’s notice.
People tried to KILL you and you took it and returned fire because THAT is what it means to be a warrior.
People saying words or making t-shirts that we don’t like or agree with are not reasons for your blood pressure to spike.
People stepping on a piece of cloth likely made in China (regardless of its meaning) is not a reason to wish physical harm to another person.
If I can wear the flag to cover my balls without offense (which I literally am when writing this and that was without pre-planning) then people can certainly utilize their 1st Amendment rights (you know, of that Constitution you swore to uphold) to desecrate it how they so choose. It’s their flag too.
Stop being so god damned butt hurt about every little offense and use your energy for something worthwhile. Try using that energy to make the world a better place rather than trying to shout down every idiot or asshole who offends you.
Hell, if you really want to do some good, call your old battle buddy. 22 veterans take their own lives every single day. Being tough on the internet is all fun and games until you hear that your old squad mate took his life.
Be today what 22 people yesterday wish you were.
Addendum: Under Armour has already pulled the t-shirt and apologized. Congrats guys, your whining was heard and your precious feelings are safe once again.