[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.]
Mr. President-Elect Trump, the American greatness you never identified or defined during your campaign. We are the same age, but somehow I missed “again’s” antecedent. Maybe it happened while you were getting your military training at boarding school and I was getting mine in the mud … while you got your three square meals a day in a dining hall and I was lucky to open a WWII-Era C-Ration can with a rusty P-38.
Show me the first brick with which you intend to build the wall. I will show you the names of nearly 60,000 bricks on “The Wall” in Washington, D.C. You remember them, don’t you? They were the losers who died fighting a war you avoided. I wonder, Mr. Trump, whom you dislike more: soldiers who die or the ones who merely got captured.
Show me how it is that “no one respects women” as much as you do.
Show me how you intend to deport millions of souls without papers.
Show me how you are going to lower my taxes in the same proportion you lower your own.
Show me how you are going to deal with nuclear proliferation. Oh, no, I forgot; you believe there should be more countries wielding nuclear capability.
Show me how a weaker NATO makes for a stronger USA and a more stable world.
Show me the jail cell which will house Hillary Clinton after, of course, you show me the court in which she will be tried.
I shall respect the office of the President of the United States. Show me you deserve to be there.
The illustration at the blog’s top is the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. The blogger is a Vietnam Veteran, 1966-67. He is an author and past state chaplain for a major veterans organization. He welcomes comments on posts and encourages readers to subscribe to PTSDOutreach.com; two points: 1) it is free, and 2) posts appear directly in your e-mail in-box.e is an author and past Chaplain