THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

Trump’s Perversion of Military Might

Like some strange aberration of a publicity hog, Donald J. Trump hyped his way to becoming a fixture in the New York tabloids. He talks a lot about his lifestyle in the 1970s, which included outings at popular places like Studio 54. In the late 1990s, while bragging about his playboy lifestyle during an interview, Citizen Trump made light of military service in Vietnam and compared it to avoiding sexually transmitted diseases in the New York dating scene.

Don, Andy & Unnamed Horse

In Trump’s tiny mind, the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS was just as dangerous as defending our nation in a war. Trump has never said that the Vietnam war was a righteous endeavor, and he has criticized both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars as wastes of money. Here’s a quote, “Believe me, Iraq is the biggest disaster ever. It’s making Vietnam look like a good war.” He seems to gloss over the fact that more than 1.3 million people died during the Vietnam War, with more than 58,000 US soldier fatalities. It can certainly be argued that Vietnam was not a “good war,” but making light of it is inappropriate and vulgar.

What keeps coming up with this jerk of a president is a deep-seated belief that war equals sexual risk. In the past, Trump talked about the Vietnam with radio host Howard Stern and joked about his own imaginary “exploits in the war.” In two separate interviews during the 1990s, Trump referred to the avoidance of sexually transmitted diseases on the dating scene as “my personal Vietnam.” He embellished his thinking by saying, “It’s pretty dangerous out there! It’s like Vietnam.” In 1996, the Donald said, “I feel like a very great and very brave soldier.”

Some armchair shrinks claim Donald John Trump feels guilty about his lack of military service and that’s why he is constantly compensating for this perceived weakness. In her recent bombshell book, Mary L. Trump explains how Frederick Crist Trump Jr., Fred Trump Sr.’s first son who was called Freddy by the family, was constantly castigated and put down by his father. Freddy graduated with a B.A. in business and, after completing his ROTC training, entered the Air Force National Guard as a second lieutenant. Enabled by his father, Freddy’s younger brother, Donald Trump, scolded his sibling for wanting to be an aviator, but Freddy eventually became a pilot and flew for TWA.

We know that no member of the German Drumpf family, renamed Trump while living here in the US, has ever served in the military. In early 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower denounced real estate profiteers. The New York Times included Fred Trump and his company on a list of 35 builders accused of profiteering from government contracts. He and others were investigated by a US Senate Banking Committee for windfall gains. While no Trump family member ever served the nation in a uniform, they benefited from not only building housing for returning soldiers and their families but deployed nefarious actors to get huge deals and tremendous profits.

I believe that Donald’s contempt for not only the government but also the military came about because of the government’s investigation of the Trump organization for their many shady deals and their discrimination against African Americans. Donald Trump brags about military budgets, the Veterans Administration and how he got the army a raise, but I believe that deep down inside he fears them.

General Disarray

So, what is the root of all evil. Well, in a rare moment of clarity, I give you this. All wrongdoing can be traced to an excessive attachment to material wealth. This belief comes from the writings of the Apostle Paul and is sometimes shortened to “Money is the root of all evil.” It’s likely that Donald Trump will not release his tax returns because he’s tricked the system and pays extraordinarily little or no taxes. Someone needs to remind President Trump that it’s patriotic to pay taxes because that is the source of funding for a strong military. Trump’s only God and country is the dollar bill.

When the Atlantic magazine/website dropped a story written by Jeffrey Goldberg, the White House and Trump himself went nuclear. The article, drawn from unnamed sources, claims Trump said terrible things about those who have given their lives in the service of their country. Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin confirmed key aspects of the story that stated Trump disparaged veterans, didn’t want to honor the dead at the Aisne-Marne Cemetery and did not want to lower American flags after the death of John McCain. Trump then went ballistic and called for the termination of the reporter. He also said that he knew nothing about the periodical, which has been around since 1875.

Trump does not say why he has such a profound disrespect of the military, but many of his public comments show a pattern of undermining all of our institutions, including the military. Back in 2016, candidate Trump claimed to be more knowledgeable than our military’s leadership, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me. They don’t know much because they’re not winning!”

Trump disrespected John McCain and he besmirched the reputation of General Mattis when he resigned because of his disagreement with Trump on Syria. When asked if he appreciated “Mad dog Mattis,” Trump riffed about his nickname and added, “What’s he done for me? How has he done in Afghanistan? Not too good! I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan, and I shouldn’t be happy.” Now, just this past Friday, Trump maligned General John Kelly.

Despite his belching of a few buzz words, Trump doesn’t understand the role of NATO, the need for containment on the Korean Peninsula or the intelligence of helping Ukraine keep Russia at bay. He’s weakened the standing, and the value of our military might around the world. When we pull troops out of an ally country to save money, we are hurting the foundations of the Monroe Doctrine and Marshall Plan that have both kept the world safer.

Trump can deny and continue to pontificate, but the military will not protect him should he lose the election. That is what it’s all about. Trump can kiss every police department in the country, but the guys who will march to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to remove him from the people’s house after he loses the election will be commanded by those Generals he has undermined. Trump is just a foolish little boy playing on the floor with his rubber soldiers.

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