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'American Sniper' Attracts the Fly By Night Patriot

02/03/2015 06:04 pm ET | Updated Apr 05, 2015
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American Sniper creates an interesting dialogue on human emotions, vitriol and arrogance when it comes to the people willing to express their opinion on the subject of war. Extolling war seems to have a deeply ingrained emotional value in the American psyche causing people to either highly praise it or highly denigrate it. The character portrayal in war movies is a facet of the experience but not the experience people are hoping to find when they watch these movies. The movies are there for excitement, intrigue and storytelling and that is being eclipsed by human political emotions in the story of Chris Kyle. This eclipsing of storytelling is being expressed by the Fly By Night Patriot and the Twitter Coward.

There is a bubble of sentiments that can be expressed in the norm of discussion, and then there are the extreme polarities causing a denigration of the film -- those that are dialogues of overly zealous ramble bots and the "coward-sphere" as witnessed by the Twitter word-salad of Michael Moore. These dialogues are full of arrogance and vitriol.

One thing must be cleared up: The vitriol and arrogance is fine. Calling members of the military "cowards" is fine. Service-members are there so that you can say these things. There is a tacit understanding many members of the military have come to and that's that you can't please everyone. But what is more insulting than seeing a man no longer living who extolled the characteristics of honor, duty and courage being called a "coward" is the people who believe they are patriots by seeing a film and expressing a pro-war mantra.

These are usually people who believe carrying a gun in a Chipotle is acceptable, beat on their chest about the Second Amendment, and have an American flag above their bed. These people are the same people that vote people in office who won't pass bills aimed at helping veterans. I have relatives like these people who believe that the gun is their predestined right to badassery.

These are the same people who believe that every military member is a conservative. Unfortunately for them, they will continue to believe in their own badassery pro-gun and pro- war mantra while they walk into a Chipotle with their guns or beg to be confronted by a cop so they can school them on the Second Amendment in front of a video camera to win the love of their brethren in badassery. These are the Fly By Night Patriots.

The Fly By Night Patriot is not helping anyone and neither is the Twitter "Coward-sphere." The vitriol is not helping anyone. Chris Kyle's story is poignant and artfully done. As shown in American Sniper, the only ones helping veterans are veterans because they know what they face. Your vitriol, The Fly By Night Patriot, and the "Coward-sphere" are a circus of delusions if you think they will help in anyway. Chris Kyle will forever be a hero to those who know the rare type of mental strength he had to have to be whom he was.