So how can a society that gets all tearful and weepy-eyed when somebody's house gets made-over remain silent, casual and disinterested unless the makeover team is working the house of a veteran?
How is it that the plight of returning military casulties of Iraq who managed to survive remains abstract so long as a draft doesn't drag the consumer-obsessed weepy-eyed who-rah flat-screen crowd into the same arena?
If you pay attention, you'll notice that those who publicly take stands supporting the troops by supporting the invasion and occupation as well as the wisdom-challenged fools who started it are fewer and fewer every day.
You'll also notice that silence is where they hide their shame.
It's a silent majority apparently too shamed to do anything but sit, click, munch on Doritos and look the other way.