- Nov 16, 2018
Yeah, this "war" stuff has always bothered me. Everything has to be about "war" and "boots on the ground". I think it's a legal term of art to use military funding to deal with a problem, because the military is the only thing we properly fund in America.Some politicians are often using militaristic language when addressing the fight against the spread of the virus (notably Macron in France). One of our (ex) politicians noted how almost 90% of those on the frontlines were women in care/social services, in hospitals, hospices, elder-care homes, etc. yet the masculine form was always used. She was speaking about the discourse in French language of course (héros, anges gardiens, etc) but I couldn’t help seeing it in English also, just in more subtle ways. Anyhow, I found her comments about the way we use words like war, battle, fight, frontline, etc. interesting.
Also, I was reading this article about Vera Lynn just now. I’m not sure how many of you know her and the famous song “Well Meet Again”, the CBC used to sign off every night with “I’ll be seeing you” song. It’s sort of related to what I’m speaking about in how we view bravery, that it is something masculine, if you read what I’ve quoted,
We'll Meet Again lyrics - and the story behind the song that inspired everyone from Kubrick to the QueenWhen the Queen ended her televised address on April 5 by reassuring viewers isolated by the Covid-19 pandemic that “we will meet again”, it was a powerful reminder of how one song, made famous by Vera Lynn, became a symbol of hope through another national crisis.www.telegraph.co.uk
I think the worst application of the term "war president" was by Bush the lesser, when he used it to justify killing hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq for nothing.