Chris Hayes epitomizes the definition of educated beyond one’s hat size

I like to say that people who are, while educated, lacking in real wisdom, are educated beyond their hat size. What I mean is that they do not possess the ability to apply their education to the real world. They are, at times, lacking common sense, and do not, apparently have the capacity to accept simple truths. These people are too enamored with nuance. I have worked with such people. Yes they are intelligent, well educated, but they can never seem to grasp that the solution to a problem, or the answer to a question might be the simplest one available. Maybe to them, simple always equals stupid. Their addiction to over thinking and over analyzing everything prevents them from accepting that some things just are what they are.

This is not to say, of course, that every answer or solution is simple, but often times they are. Our Founders had great wisdom. Yes, they were thinkers, that IS part of being wise. But wisdom also comes from accepting simple truths. Truths that are self-evident. Truths like we are created with certain rights, and simple truths like people are best left to do for themselves in most situations. Simple truths seem to escape folks like Chris Hayes of MSNBS, News Busters has a clip of Hayes admitting that he in “uncomfortable” acknowledging that we call those who die fighting for our country heroes. That would seem obvious to most of us. We would take it for granted that they are heroic figures. We can accept that we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. We can accept that without them, we have lost our freedoms long ago.

For Hayes, though, that is just too straight forward. He confuses honoring the fallen with justifying war. Again, it is a simple, and I would say undeniable fact that sometimes violence, and war is the highest form of violence is a necessity, But, Hayes seems to struggle with that very basic truth, therefore, he struggles with calling our fallen heroes. News Busters has the video of his “well educated” but unwise mind struggling to comprehend something that really is so very simple.

Effete: affected, overrefined, and ineffectual; see “Chris Hayes.”  OK, I appended the name of the MSNBC host to the dictionary definition.  But if ever you wanted to see the human embodiment of the adjective in action, have a look at the video from his MSNBC show this morning of the too-refined-by-half Hayes explaining why he is “uncomfortable” in calling America’s fallen military members “heroes.”  

Hayes is worried that doing so is “rhetorically proximate” to justifications for more war.  Oh, the rhetorical proximity!

Here is the transcript of Hayes babbling his way to rhetorical proximity intellectual bankruptcy

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.

Good Grief! Could there be a better example of educated beyond tour hat size than this buffoon? Education without any wisdom is worthless.

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10 thoughts on “Chris Hayes epitomizes the definition of educated beyond one’s hat size”

  1. Air drop his dumb ass into the Tora Bora mountains for educational/personal growth purposes

    Ungrateful p.o.s.- some people simply don’t deserve to be American

  2. If service in the US military is intrinsically heroic, doesn’t that make it easier to portray America’s wars as noble and virtuous? How could a war be wrong if everyone involved (on our side) is a hero? As an opponent of the Iraq War, I was told any number of times that my opposition was insulting to the honor of “the troops,” and that I needed to “support the troops” by getting behind the war. So I get why Hayes is uncomfortable.

    Oh, also too, Go Gators.

    1. Anybody, and I mean ANYBODY who voluntarily signs up to defend his country like our men and women in the armed forces have are HERO’s, from the day they sign the paper work on. To refer to them as anything but indicates a level of ingratitude that is hard to fathom. I too was against the war in Iraq but our soldiers do not have that luxury, do you get that? Wake up putz, and if you don’t like it, haul your sorry hide to another country.

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