[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.]
Trump’s 2nd Amendment Gaffe
By now, it is legend. From whatever source one consumes news Donald Trump’s
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
has forced itself into the conversation about his fitness to be POTUS. I weigh in on the “he doesn’t think before he speaks” side. When facing an audience of hard-core sycophants, he just can’t shut up. He revels in the unfettered adulation of his herds of bear-pokers, and so his unscripted words become incendiary, as in the cited comment; hurtful, as in his–also legendary–mocking of a handicapped reporter; racist, as in his comments about a judge who cannot be fair in the Donald Trump University affair because of his ethnicity–ignoring the fact that he was born in America; and just plain stupid, for one: “Russia will not invade Ukraine.”
Regarding the 2nd Amendment remark, Greg from Michigan called C-SPAN to explicate the inexplicable. He said,
“Number one, Mr. Trump was not threatening assassination of Hillary. But what he was implying and could happen is if Hillary got her way and did do away with Second Amendment rights, there are a lot of us who are gun owners who are going to object to that very strongly.”
Well, Greg from Michigan, can you please cite a reference to Clinton advocating the position you have assigned her? Can Trump? I didn’t thinks so. It does not exist … in the real world.
“And since we do have firearms,” Greg continued, “it might if it comes down to it be us having to defend our rights with those guns, just as the revolutionaries did in the Revolutionary War.”
Greg and the legions of other “we do have firearms … to defend our rights with those guns” nuts frighten me–not because they have the right to bear arms, but because they have the right to vote. They are statistically more likely to shoot themselves than they are to shoot me. But a bullet vote for Trump would really hurt.
Trump comes to us, not from grassroots America, not from the heartland, not through the political ranks, and certainly not because of anything he has contributed to our great nation. He, more than anything else, comes to us through the magic of television: Television Land, you know, that place in the sky where Sarah Palin went to show us how inept she truly was. (Oh, my. There is a blog in there, I’m sure.)
Greg from Michigan, tune out Fox News for two weeks, take a deep breath, and come to your senses. Unload your M-16 … for the sake of the kids, at least. No one is going to take it–or your right to own it–away.
If you really despise Clinton, and I suspect you do, the Libertarians are gaining in the polls. You might find something in their platform that makes sense. If you end up sticking with Trump, OK. But don’t dump your inane rationalizations on the rest of us.
[Taking a long, traveling weekend for a family wedding. No blog Friday the 12th or Monday the 15th.]