July 17, 2015

With all respect to Caitlyn Jenner, I know a hero when I see one

Thomas PrattRebel Blogger

I would like to speak with you today about heroes.

Heroes are different things to different people.

What are heroes? Some believe they are rock stars! Others believe that they are the sports stars and movie actors.

They could be all of the above. They could be, but not necessarily so. 

A Hero is a person that can set aside their fear and act in the best interests of their fellow man despite the consequences of their actions. They are the people that can act as the moral examples to our children. They are the people that self-sacrifice on a daily basis and yet receive little recognition in return. In most cases never receive an award in their entire life.

In short, they are our religious leaders; our teachers; our military; our police force; our doctors; our firemen, but only if they can consistently put forward the best of themselves. They are our parents, who can set aside what they want to do in order to best serve, teach and protect their children. They are the people that teach us right from wrong, by way of example.

During the course of my lifetime, I had the good fortune to befriend and work for a man who was a great hero to me as he set the moral standard. He demonstrated this by way of his actions and great kindnesses and the respect he demonstrated towards myself and others. He was a very loyal advisor and friend. He was a natural-born leader. You would follow his instructions to the letter, because he respected and trusted you to perform the task.

He told me once that he was one of the most highly decorated Canadian Soldiers of WW2. He said he was not bragging but he wanted to explain something to me. He showed me all his medals and he said do you know, being highly decorated places a tremendous responsibility on one. You are representing your fallen comrades and friends. They are the ones most deserving of the medals. As a result, you spend the rest of your life earning them and being worthy of them.

This morning I heard a rather interesting bit of news regarding Caitlyn Jenner. Now I am not trying to denigrate this person. Clearly Caitlyn Jenner has had to wrestle with many personal demons in their lifetime and requires the support of his/her friends. In addition he/she has won awards in the Olympics that were well earned and therefore deserves some celebrity status.

It does beg the question: What does one’s sexuality have to do with getting a medal or an award? 

This person has done nothing to warrant the award of “bravery.” I am not saying that it did not take courage for this person to put themselves through all this stress of having a sex change and coming out of the closet. Many people have had this type of operation over the last 35 years or so and have not been given awards for it. In fact this action is not worthy of a bravery award. Nor is it setting any kind of moral example to our children. 

In fact it sends the wrong message entirely. A person’s sexuality is no one’s business but their own and this should never be used as a public forum. Nor should this be a reason for being given a prestigious award.

This further begs the question: What is the mandate here? What is the agenda of the liberal media? Is our Government preying on innocent children, by allowing various societies to publicly grant these awards and then give them free airtime for it?

What message will our teachers be telling the students they are teaching should the topic come up?

Clearly, our society has forgotten what the word hero really means, for people are receiving awards for all the wrong reasons.

I do hope that Ms. Jenner will not be offended by what I have had to say, but will rather take action to start earning this award in order to help validate it. Do something positive! Never mind validating your sexuality. Validate yourself as a proactive person that can help others in a selfless manner for the betterment of mankind.


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commented 2015-12-13 20:54:37 -0500
How many people have become transgendered? Hundreds of thousands? A million? More? Why is Caitlyn a hero for doing it?? She has, literally millions of dollars, a supportive family, works in an industry that not only accepts but embraces her decision. How many other transgender people can say they had that kind of safety net when THEY transgendered? They lost their families, their jobs, went broketo achieve their dreams but Caitlyn is a hero? She’s not even the first Olympic athlete to do it. Stop saying she’s a hero, I’m not seeing any struggle on her part, she hasn’t saved anyone and the fact that she’s making dollars hand over fist for coming out should automatically take the word “hero” off the table.
commented 2015-07-20 18:45:07 -0400
What I forgot to mention and it seems to have been overlooked.
Jenner is a Reality TV star, he makes money off this.
commented 2015-07-20 17:05:44 -0400
Most definitely not a hero. If it takes bravery to do the wrong thing, then a man who decides to leave his wife to join with a new “love” is also “brave”. I mean it takes bravery to take that uncomfortable step, right? Jenner at one time would have been admitted to a psych ward. The world is doing him no favors by enabling him in his craziness. Gender is a real thing, a part of who and what we are, unlike race, which truly is skin deep.
commented 2015-07-20 10:07:07 -0400
Caitlyn a hero? Maybe to the Justin T.and Justin B. Siri Set.
When she’s ready to cash in on the Baby Bonus, then she’ll be a hero.
commented 2015-07-19 16:54:24 -0400
James MacMaster – Isn’t that the truth about B.O. I had a good laugh the way you put that!
commented 2015-07-19 15:18:06 -0400
Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize for doing literally nothing but having black skin, and managing to be voted in as Pres., so why shouldn’t Bruce Jenner get a sports award for becoming Caitlyn?
That’s one very definitive way to get your ex wife back!
commented 2015-07-18 11:26:16 -0400
Funny. You’d think that the public would be more concerned about Obammy’s missing balls than Jenner’s.

The mediocrity is the message.
commented 2015-07-18 09:38:16 -0400
Jenner is a 65 year old with issues. This `at all costs attention seeker` is an old man sliced up to appear as – wait for it – an old woman.

And that the MSM spins this as something attractive is just plain gross. Most trannies end up committing suicide – their lives are short lived because they don`t fit it – not society – but they don`t fit in within their own mind – huge internal struggles.

Jenner will `robin williams` himself within a few short years. Jenner as a hero? Sure why not – it`s meaningless.
commented 2015-07-18 07:58:42 -0400
Jenner is not a hero. He is a man, parading around in a dress, sporting boobs produced by the same treatment that the British government forced on Alan Turing for the high crime of being gay and, arguably, saving us from defeat in the second world war. Reportedly, Jenner has not undergone the necessary surgery to complete the process, so without leaving his baggage at the baggage check he really shouldn’t even be parading yet. He may be brave for holding himself out as he has, although one might suspect it an act of self promotion rather than bravery, but he is no hero.
commented 2015-07-17 23:41:28 -0400
Thank you Thomas Pratt for putting my thoughts into your words. I wish they would stop calling Jenner a hero. There is no attempt at bravery or heroic acts.

The definition of hero expanded from the mythological in the 1660s to include men who prove their great bravery in any field from war to politics to humanitarian efforts, whether mythological or not, according to an etymology dictionary.

This definition of the word includes the everyday people society defines as heroes. The Oxford English Dictionary elaborated on this concept, defining a hero as “a man who exhibits extraordinary bravery, firmness, fortitude or greatness of soul, in any course of action, or in connection with any pursuit, work, or enterprise.”

The news media still uses this definition today when naming heroes in the news, on air and in print.