[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.]
Oh, hecklers heckled, but opening night of the Democratic Convention was one of coming together and unity. And, who could ever imagine these three as crowd warmer uppers: Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, and Paul Simon? Not a second-stringer in the trio. When Franken and Silverman had to stretch their time on stage, Silverman, a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter all along, told her fellows not to be “ridiculous” by heckling and threatening not to vote for Hillary Clinton. Humor turned serious real fast.
Then came prime time. We heard incredible–and I mean absolutely incredible–speeches by New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, First Lady Michele Obama, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and erstwhile presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Each carved out a niche in oratorical lore.
Booker was so fired up he had to wipe his brow several times and then concluded with lines of poetry from Maya Angelou. Obama simply shone with elegance. Anyone not moved by her reflection on waking up every morning in a house built by slaves has cement for blood. Warren, the practical one, aimed plenty of her ammunition directly at Donald Trump.
Sanders came a long way, baby, in this primary cycle. He knows it and so do his supporters. His role now, as he has said for some time, is to make sure that Donald Trump is never President of the United States. In order to do that he has to persuade his hardline backers that not voting for Hillary Clinton is a big mistake. That was his message. In the end I think that he will succeed in this mission. But it is not a given.
The Debbie Wasserman-Schultz leaked e-mail scandal has kicked the entire democratic party in the stomach. Understandably, Sanders supporters feel the most pain and will be last to get over it. But get over it they must. To his credit, Sanders’ speech was a clarion call for party unification. If that does not happen, his campaign will have been for naught. That would be a pity.
Connection to PTSD
Imagine Trump as Commander-in-Chief. It depresses me to this day when I think of civilian political (and some military) leaders during the Vietnam Era, which leads me to Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld, which I do not want to lead to Trump/anybody. When Trump refers to Russian, North Korean, and Iraqi leaders as laudable because they executed radicals, I want to puke. I wonder if we are supposed to infer that he, as president, will advocate the same sort of “swift” justice. I wonder if we are supposed to infer that mimicking dictatorships will make America great again. I wonder.