• Comedic Actor vs. Former Navy SEAL? Not Recommended at All.

    Summary Surge: Funny Guy Tom Arnold has publicly questioned the manhood of former Navy SEAL Rep. Dan Crenshaw. One pundit calls foul on Arnold, and implies Arnold’s mockery may not be the wisest course.

    The Resurgent writer Peter Heck reasonably notes:

    Being a decorated war veteran doesn’t make you immune to all criticism.  Those who have served in the military are still just as likely to have bad ideas, bad thoughts, bad policy suggestions as anyone else.  And when they share them publicly or take on a role of public leadership, they have to understand rebuke and reproach are part of the deal.

    Fair enough and incontestably true – and it has to be. Veterans are people who’ve “fallen short of God’s glory” (Romans 3:23) and need a Savior just like everyone else.

    That said, continues Heck,

    if there’s one area I’d say is off limits, or at least one that warrants some intense introspection before wading into, it’s attacking a decorated war veteran for not being man enough.  And I’d say that’s particularly true if you’re a struggling actor (his most recent blockbuster was “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold”) who is best known for being married to Rosanne Barr.

    Still, in referring to the comedic thespian’s recent decision to taunt U.S. Representative and former Navy SEAL, Dan Crenshaw, Heck explains:

    What started it all was Crenshaw’s disgust at the New York Times for (predictably) urinating all over the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.  The Times basically credited the Soviets with winning the space race since they put the first woman, Asian man, and black man into orbit.  Yes, they really did that.

    Crenshaw was blunt but civil – a combo ostentatiously lacking on both sides of many a debate nowadays – and asked a relatively harmless question:

    “Why is it that every time something has the potential to bring us together – in this case the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – leftist media outlets do their best to undermine the notion that Americans should be proud of their country?”

    Cue Arnold’s indignation – conspicuously minus Crenshaw’s substance or dignity.

    (pardon the embedded language in the following citation):


    Dan Crenshaw is a distinguished Navy SEAL who lost his eye in combat.  Tom Arnold has a tattoo of Stephen King on his chest.  If you want to attack his policies or ideas, Tom, go for it.  But steer clear of the tough guy challenge – it doesn’t end well for you.

    Heck’s suggestion to Tom Arnold is both sensible and likely good for him – which means, sadly, it will probably sail past the sixty-year-old celeb.

    Sometime Tom Arnold may snipe at another genuine tough guy who lacks Rep. Crenshaw’s restraint and dignity – and that, very possibly, won’t be a good day for the guy from Hollywood.

    The views here are those of the author, not necessarily Daily Surge. 


    Images: Adapted from: David Shankbone – Extracted from another file: Tom Arnold by David Shankbone.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21948517; and Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Dan Crenshaw, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75403824

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