[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.]
First there is this from Daily Kos.
Donald Trump now calling Gold Star Father a terrorist sympathizer
In an interview with a local Ohio television station on Monday, Donald Trump said that Khizr Khan was really bothered by his position on border security — specifically his promise to keep radical Islamic terrorists from entering the country. […]
When the interviewer brought up Trump’s position on border security, Trump said, “It’s a very big subject for me. And border security’s very big. And when you have radical Islamic terrorists probably all over the place, we’re allowing them to come in by the thousands and thousands. And I think that’s what bothered Mr. Khan more than anything else.”
Vile doesn’t begin to describe the slurs Donald Trump is throwing against a Gold Star father. But give him time and twitter … odds are, he’ll come up with something even worse. And odds are, the Republican leadership will remain silent.
Why? Trump’s near daily rants appear not to sufficiently rile GOP elders to take at least vocal action and repudiate him, separate him officially from the GOP. Trump has exposed the weakness of all politicians who lose their integrity while in office (and making sure they get reelected).
In a different article Daily Kos had this to report.
Obama: I’m tired of some folks trashing our troops.
At the Disabled Veterans Convention this is what POTUS had to say.
As commander in chief, I’m pretty tired of some folks trash talking America’s military and troops. Our military is somewhat smaller after two major ground wars come to a close, that’s natural. […] But let’s get some facts straight: America’s Army is the best trained, best equipped land force on the planet. Our Navy is the largest and most lethal in the world. The precision of and reach of our Air Force is unmatched. Our Marines are the world’s only truly expeditionary force. We have the world’s finest Coast Guard. We have the most capable fighting force in history and we are going to keep it that way. […]
I understood that our gold star families have made the sacrifice that most of us cannot even begin to imagine. They represent the very best of our country. They continue to inspire us every day, every moment. They serve as a powerful reminder of the true strength of America. And we have to do everything we can for those families. And honor them. And be humbled by them.
Connection to PTSD
I spoke at a fund raiser for Gold Star Mothers–yes, they are organized and they are philanthropic. It sounds trite to say that I was humbled and honored … but that is exactly how I felt. Those women and their families suffered a blow from which they can never fully recover, and yet they move forward every day, one step at a time.
Neither Trump nor Obama served this country in uniform. In that way they are just like 95% of Americans who never hup-two-three-foured their way from a barracks to a dining hall. But virtually 100% of that 95% respect the men and women who do. These figures, of course, do not include Donald Trump.
By denigrating Mr. Khan Trump debases all who serve, all who have served, and the families of those who were killed in the line of duty. The “ultimate sacrifice.” Trump’s on-going attempt to somehow smear Mr. Khan makes me sick. He brings back swollen memories of Americans who took out their rage against the Vietnam war on returning soldiers. They profiled us. They stereotyped us. They misunderstood us. They stained our service.
Some wounds inflicted on combat soldiers never heal. They fester. And when blowhard chicken hawks like Trump come to prominence in our political discourse, they hurt again.
Mr. Trump, you have no idea how hurtful your words are.