[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
[I consult and consider many sources in search of appropriate subject matter for this blog. Often I find material that is best left (mostly) untouched by me, e.g., today’s piece.]
“Trump is the worst major-party candidate this republic has ever produced.”
Above is the title of an article in Foreign Policy magazine, a 40-year-old publication that has never endorsed a candidate for president. But Donald Trump has managed to coerce even FP’s editors to take a stand. He’s that bad! They write:
In the nearly half-century history of Foreign Policy, the editors of this publication have never endorsed a candidate for political office. We cherish and fiercely protect this publication’s independence and its reputation for objectivity, and we deeply value our relationship with all of our readers, regardless of political orientation.
It is for all these reasons that FP’s editors are now breaking with tradition to endorse Hillary Clinton for the next president of the United States….
Fortunately, not only is Trump opposed by a worthy candidate, but his opponent is, on foreign-policy and national security issues — all of the areas we cover here at FP — one of the best qualified candidates this country has produced since World War II.
Trump really is in over his head. And now, despite his barrages of bravado, he is not man enough to admit his incompetence and ignorance regarding the qualifications for governance in a republic. He has surrounded himself with sycophants all his life, a losing strategy when considering his bankruptcies and failed ventures.
This from Hunter at the Daily Kos:
… Trump Dump: Trump declares war on Paul Ryan, John McCain, and the last shreds of decency
The support of Hillary is quite strong, but the majority of the endorsement is an evisceration of Donald Trump’s dangerous lack of experience, inflammatory rhetoric, and general disregard for almost anything.
The article goes on to point out specific indecencies that have spewed out of Trump’s pursed lips in recent days. Daily Kos quotes from Foreign Policy.
… [Trump] has repeatedly demonstrated his ignorance of the most basic facts of international affairs, let alone the nuances so crucial to the responsibilities of diplomacy inherent in the U.S. president’s daily responsibilities.
[Remember, PTSD is a sign of weakness, says Trump the Draft Dodger. –pd]
He has treated the press with derision … He has shown such a complete disregard for the truth that he has arguably done more than any other single individual to seek to usher in a new and unwelcome post-fact era in America’s political debate.
He would therefore put at risk our way of life, our freedoms, and our alliances. His reckless behavior has already undermined America’s standing internationally…. [W]ere he to claim the Oval Office, he would be a destabilizing force that would undercut American leadership instantly and for generations to come….
Pardon me. I have to go wash my hands.