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  •  "Hero inflation" is a common problem today (3+ / 0-)

    We use it to sell candidates to voters and to dissuade voters from criticizing the conquest of small oil-rich foreign nations.

    But even without the inflation, it's a broad term. I believe that it describe selfless action or sacrifice on behalf of others. Yet we also describe those who endure and overcome personal adversity (disease, disability, discrimination) as "heroic".

    McCain survived terrible injuries from his crash and  shoddy medical care from his Vietnamese captors.  He was tortured and coerced into signing a "confession" that shamed him deeply. Yet he refused an early release.

    That was heroic enough for me.

    But there's no law saying that the village idiot can't save a kid from drowning, or that the Medal of Honor recipient won't become an alcoholic asshole later on.

    We don't have to deny McCain's heroism to affirm his political asshattery.

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:58:21 AM PST

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