If you happened to catch the “Pledge of Allegiance” video on Tuesday at the GOP convention, you might have thought it to be quite touching. If you missed it, I have embedded it below.
What isn’t as touching and what the GOP failed to mention is despite over 4500 military deaths and a similar number of funerals since we went to “war”, they instead decided to hire actors for the military funeral scene in the video, much to the dismay of some veterans groups.
The issue here isn’t that the RNC used actors in what might have been a haste. Rather, the underlying problem is that Bush and McCain supporters don’t like to deal with the messy reality of warfare that genuine troops bring to the table. That is, they feel compelled to stage a funeral with actors. Because to show a real military funeral–with the heaving chests of a broken family clutching a flag-draped coffin containing the pieces of their dead soldier–might just make the funny hat-clad, stupid button-wearing audience blanch. And that doesn’t make for good TV. Plus, people just wouldn’t go for it. So they use sanitized actors.
But this is an insult to the military. The use of actors shows an unwillingness to face up to what they’ve done–to the military and to the nation. And it shows that the only way to keep up support for the war is to hide its reality from the American people.