[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.]
Blogger Mark Sumner cites both the Washington Post and the Toronto Star questioning the republican nominee’s sanity. First, from the Washington Post.
One wonders if Republican leaders have begun to realize that they may have hitched their fate and the fate of their party to a man with a disordered personality. We can leave it to the professionals to determine exactly what to call it. Suffice to say that Donald Trump’s response to the assorted speakers at the Democratic National Convention has not been rational.
If you tuned in to the respective conventions, whether you are conservative or liberal, you will have to admit they differed widely in content and tone. Judging by the speakers alone, the dems trounced their rivals. Judging by the speeches given by the candidates themselves, again, no contest. Hillary Clinton’s remarks tended toward making the good better. Donald Trump rambled about the dire straits the U.S. is in and that only he can re-right the ship. But does that make him crazy?
From the Toronto Star:
There is an elephant in the election.
It was tiptoed around for a full year by Republicans and Democrats and the media alike. …
It’s a delicate thing to ask, but the fate of humankind is at stake. Is Donald Trump … OK?
Practically every Republican leader (has been asked recently): Would you like to detach from the Trump train now that he’s A) attacking Gold Star families, B) declaring that he does/does not know Vladimir Putin personally, C) advocating for the invasion of the Ukraine?
Unfortunately something like 99.9 percent of Republicans decided that “I support the nominee of the party” is still the driving force even when the nominee is attempting to drown the party in raw sewage. And now they get to keep him.
This is democracy? This is how it works? This is what we shout to the world is the greatest form of government on earth?
No, this is poppycock. Our elected officials–of both parties–have morphed themselves into sniveling cowards, afraid that contributions from their grifter lobbyists will dry up, afraid to cut loose the stray dogie that has already stolen and trod upon the “G” in the GOP.
Connection to PTSD
Loyalty is a virtue: one that soldiers know well, one that soldiers live by. The honorable soldier cares for his immediate buddies, his leaders, his country. Blind loyalty, however, is a vice: one that soldiers are told to avoid. Lieutenant Calley’s men were wrong, for example, to follow his orders at My Lai. “Just following orders” does not ever overrule “doing the right thing.” Nor should it.
“I support the nominee of the party” takes away one’s individual responsibility to do what is right. The Republican Party has shown its disdain for the good of the country by letting a carnival barker rise to standard bearer. [For Democrats who disapprove of Clinton, the same argument applies.]
Four pretty common statements about how one will exercise her right to vote sicken me;
- I always vote republican, no matter who the nominee.
- I always vote democrat, no matter who the nominee.
- I don’t think I’ll vote at all this year because I don’t like either nominee.
- I never vote because they are all the same.
Our criteria for choosing a candidate may differ. That’s fine. But if your principle criterion is one of the above, you have lost my respect. You dishonor my service. Millions of servicemen and women have served our country with wide-eyed loyalty to country. Keep that in mind if you are planning to vote with blinders on.
What message do we send to ourselves and to the rest of the world if we even consider electing a commander-in-chief whose very saneness is openly questioned virtually every time he makes a speech?