Honoring Those Who Say “No”

By: Saturday May 26, 2012 9:00 am

On this Memorial Day weekend, I give thanks for Hugh Thompson, Jr., Glenn Andreotta, and Lawrence Colburn, who courageously and properly said “no” in the face of misguided fellow soldiers and superiors.

When I hear someone say “thank you for your service” to a member of the military, I think of these three, who embodied the best of what “service to your country” is, in the face of others who embodied that service at its worst.

Unearned Honor

By: Sunday November 6, 2011 9:30 am

As public opinion begins – just begins, mind you – to turn against America’s ruling oligarchy, it seems like a good time to raise questions about a convention that contributes to what is now one of the most rigid class systems in the West: the dubious habit of awarding elected officials with the honorific, “Honorable” and other superlative indicators of their privilege.

President Obama Speaks Live at Medal Ceremony

By: Monday May 2, 2011 9:04 am

This was a previously scheduled event to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to two US soldiers who died in the Korean War, but given the timing, many expect President Obama to add remarks about the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

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