I began thinking about writing this column a week or so ago after seeing a commercial that caught my eye as being strange and out of place…creepy, even.
This morning, I started doing a little research and found that I was not alone.
The last Bastian of American culture has fallen, The United States Marine Corps have gone PC.
I must insert a caveat here. I did not serve in the military, but I have a deep respect for the work they do, especially the USMC…even at my age, they are still my heroes.
Back in 2010, I made two visits to Parris Island, SC, one of two basic training camps for US Marines. As I wrote of that visit, I stated the following:
During a time when I have so many doubts as to the moral clarity of our so called leaders in Washington, DC, I was reminded that there is still some sanity left in the Federal Government…and it is found at Parris Island, SC. The United States Marine Corps has moral clarity and we all need to be thankful for that when we lay our heads down on our pillows tonight.
I now believe that many of those in charge of our government, those who do not believe in American Exceptionalism, continue to exert their force on all aspects of life in our Country…even the USMC.
Here is the commercial that I saw that concerns me. In doing some research for this column, I did watch several commercials and sadly, there has been a move towards this kind of advertisement for the Corps over the last few years.
What concerns me?
While showing some of the impressive hardware at their disposal, the Commercial never mentions the United States, The United States Marine Corps, Defending America, Honor, Courage & Commitment. It does show however, a battlefield that resembles a video game more than it depicts a real fight and I am especially suspect by the multiple shots of fake “aid” boxes, as if the USMC is the new Peace Corps “Meals on Wheels”.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a generalization. I find it difficult to believe that anyone would want to join the United States Marines, arguably one of the best fighting forces in the world, so they can deliver boxes of food to those in need…correct me if I am wrong.
Just like parents don’t let their kids climb trees or play army these days, the government won’t let the United States Marine Corps be , well…Marines.
Commercial from the 1980′s. (A little better)
And this one is more like what I think most Marines would appreciate
Am I missing something or have I just not been paying attention? (I do watch little TV, so I may have missed the trend)
How about some of the Leathernecks out there chiming in?