What Would the Unknown Soldier say to Trump?
Memorial Day is always a strange sort of holiday for me. Unlike most holidays, in which we know who or what we are supposed to be revering, Memorial Day honors faces we will never know. Since the start of our country, hundreds of thousands of soldiers have died so that me and you could read a book or watch a movie or even earn a paycheck. It seems that just one day is not enough to thank these departed souls.
Standing in front of the tombstone of an unknown solider is a harrowing event for anyone. That soldier had a mother and a father who once sang to him and cradled him in their arms, as our parents did to us. After he sacrificed everything, he now lies in an unmarked grave. For our country, he gave his life and even his identity!
And now Donald Trump has the audacity to mock him! Donald Trump has thumbed his nose at every fallen soldier. First, he quipped that John Mcain shouldn’t be considered a war hero because he was captured! Just a few days ago, he ridiculed the mother of a fallen soldier who was too devastated to speak. He insinuated that her silence was not compelled from grief but rather because her religion forbids women to speak in public!
Donald Trump graduated college in 1968, yet managed to avoid serving in Vietnam. How was Donald Trump able to weasel out of enlisting? Good question, considering Donald Trump was a star baseball player in high school, according to his friends. Despite, his physical strength, Donald Trump was deemed medically unfit to serve because of bone spurs in his heels.
Of all people to insult the grieving mother of a fallen soldier!
After he weaseled out of Vietnam, Donald Trump had a very comfortable life. While his peers were paddling up the Saigon River, Donald Trump was able to focus on his life as the bachelor son of a millionaire real estate developer, which meant a lot of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
It is easy to rationalize Trump’s logic once you accept he just cares about himself. If that is the case, then it is easy to understand how Donald could justify watching other kids, less affluent, going off to fight for him and his mother and his country, while he got to sit pretty in the lap of luxury.
Of course, a Republican’s initial response will be ‘Hillary didn’t fight in Vietnam.’ That would be correct, although baseless, considering women didn’t fight in Vietnam. Such a tit-for-tat argument strategy is utterly futile. The public outrage that Trump’s heartless comments have instigated were out of the lack of decency our potential next president displayed.
The only person in our society that deserves more respect than the soldier is the fallen soldier. For Trump to castigate both, reveals a character ignorant to the most basic of social traditions. Even a little toddler would never insult the family of a fallen soldier.
Trump has mocked the same fallen soldiers that sacrificed their young and beautiful lives so that he could embezzle children out of an education, so that he could hire and provide food to thousands of illegal aliens, and so that Trump could single-handedly destroy the Republican party.
I at least hope that Donald Trump thanks the unknown soldier for that. I doubt it though.
Originally published at Poli(tics) Today.