Gee. The last thing we want to do is make MSNBC's Chris Hayes "uncomfortable." After all, only the rich should be made "uncomfortable" according to the left. "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" is the liberal journalists' battle cry.
That said, you have to be afflicted with some mental disease to have said this:
CHRIS HAYES: Thinking today and observing Memorial Day, that'll be happening tomorrow. Just talked with Lt. Col. Steve Burke [sic, actually Beck], who was a casualty officer with the Marines and had to tell people [inaudible]. Um, I, I, ah, back sorry, um, I think it's interesting because I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words "heroes." Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word "hero"? I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don't want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that's fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I'm wrong about that.
At least he had the self-awareness to think he might be wrong. But a chimpanzee has self awareness. And at least a chimp has the empathy not to make devastatingly stupid comments that inflict pain on the widows and children of the fallen by suggesting their loved one died less than a "hero."
The word "hero" has been so abused in modern America that it has lost some of it's power. These days, a silly comic who does a stand up routine in front of the president while criticizing him is deemed a hero by the left. Any Hollywood celebrity who overcomes a drug addiction is called a "hero." Actually performing heroic deeds like rushing into a burning building to save a child or jumping in a freezing cold river to save a drowning man doesn't automatically qualify one as a hero anymore. But that's the times we live in and Hayes no doubt channeled this attitude when musing out loud about the heroic stature of someone who gave his life in defense of America.
Hayes is oblivious to the fact that his idiotic notions of heroism makes most of the rest of the country "uncomfortable." For that, he should be roundly criticized and an apology to the loved ones of the fallen forthcoming.