Jack Mandaville liked being a Marine, but he loves being a civilian that does commentary on military culture because there's no real sacrifice involved. He's a satirical writer, entertainer, and amateur provocateur. His only real love outside of his work opportunities is falling asleep to Netflix.
My earliest television memory other than my Saturday morning cartoon ritual was watching Operation Desert Storm occur live. And since it was the first American war to have 24-hour news coverage — and since, like many families, we only had one TV — it was the only thing I saw.
I could binge-watch old WWII newsreels for days. Not only were many of them masterpieces of cinematography and combat correspondence, but the idea of America’s only visual access to the war coming through these shorts is a far cry from the information-riddled world we live in now.
I feel obligated to preface this harangue with the statement that the attached video is not a knock against any military or veteran-owned apparel company who’s out there hustling original ideas, concepts, content, and designs. Those companies are hiring vets and putting out well-thought products that often give back to the very people they’re selling them to. This is, objectively, a good thing.
One of the most ludicrous notions I’ve ever seen espoused is that military service should be a prerequisite for political office. When you look at presidential ranking lists — not the public opinion lists, but ones conducted by highly qualified scholars and historians — you’ll see no correlation between those on that list and whether or not they served in any notable military capacity.
We, as Americans, have a terrible tendency of putting inconsistent guidelines on what it means to be an American. Most of it comes in the form of political ideology and other nuanced things that can never truly quantify a person’s dedication to their country. And this is ad news for fairly obvious reasons.