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by Michael Peroutka

A reporter got into some hot water recently apparently for reporting his opinion about the word “hero”. 

Chris Hayes of MSNBC said he was uncomfortable with referring to war dead as heroes, since the word is rhetorically proximate with justifications for more war.

Despite the fact that he clearly labeled this as his opinion, he has been vilified by many on the right as disrespectful, out of touch, and unpatriotic.

From a legal and constitutional standpoint, I have to confess that I am sympathetic to his misgivings.

For me, a hero is one who stands for Biblical principles, and does his duty without compromising those principles, no matter the cost for him personally.

My idea of a military hero is Army Specialist Michael New.

Michael New was a patriotic American soldier who was court-martialled for refusing to wear a United Nations uniform and to serve under a foreign commander.  When he took the oath to defend these united States from its enemies and to uphold the U.S. Constitution, he meant exactly that.

In August 1995, Michael New was serving in Germany when he was told that his unit was being sent to Macedonia for UN “peacekeeping” operations.  In Macedonia, he would take orders from a foreign officer and wear a UN uniform.

“I am not a UN soldier.” he said.

“I have taken no vow to the UN.  I have taken an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Michael New took an oath.  Then he took a stand.  And it cost him dearly.  He was court martialled for keeping his oath.  But he kept it.  That’s a hero.



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