Lately I have followed the lead of many Republican Party officials, simply keeping my mouth shut and my fingers away from the T, R, U, M and P keys on my keyboard.
I thought it best simply not to mention the GOP presidential nominee in any of my opinion pieces, as I’m not particularly fond of the idea of a President Hillary Clinton.
I thought maybe party leadership would take Donald Trump in a back room filled with cigar smoke and straighten him out. Apparently, they’ve tried that. It was reported Rudy Giuliani attempted a Trump intervention, and Newt Gingrich even tried to get the billionaire to tone down his rhetoric.
None of it worked, as the New York real estate mogul has moved from the category of uncontrollable to a category of general imbecile in recent weeks.
It seems when the man threw out “political correctness,” he also threw out common decency. He threw out respect for his fellow Americans, and he snubbed his nose at Americans who have done far greater things than the billionaire who built an empire while declaring bankruptcy multiple times and stiffing contractors.
One thing I hold dear is my status as a veteran. Few serve, and even fewer serve in combat. However, that service means nothing to Donald because, of course, he has “sacrificed.”
You see, as he has built his fortunes he has created “thousands and thousands” of jobs and built buildings.
That’s some “sacrifice,” Donald.
In 1974, when Donald Trump became president of the multi-million dollar real estate company his father started, many Americans had just finished up really sacrificing for our country in the jungles of Vietnam.
Tens of thousands laid down their lives in Vietnam as Donald enjoyed five deferments from the draft. According to The New York Times, one was for “bad feet.” That seems odd since Trump played football, tennis and squash at his high school — the New York Military Academy.
At this point in this piece, it seems worth mentioning Trump’s father’s business survived and thrived through the years of the Great Depression through Federal Housing Administration loans.
In 2012, while I was sacrificing a year of my life in Afghanistan, Trump was back here “sacrificing.” He was attempting to make his first mockery of the office of the President of the United States and was opening a $150 million golf course in Scotland.
I don’t want to focus on any of my own sacrifices, however. They are quite small in nature when compared to the sacrifices Donald has hastened to attack.
Donald permanently lost my vote when he attacked the Gold Star parents of Capt. Humayun Khan.
Here’s a guy who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. It wasn’t a sacrifice for which he reaped any financial benefits. The only benefit Capt. Khan reaped was saving his soldiers.
That’s a sacrifice of which Donald knows nothing. It’s a sacrifice born from a true love of this country and a love for one’s comrades in arms. Donald only loves money and power.
The mere fact Donald has compared his “sacrifices” to that of Capt. Khan is reason enough for me to categorize Donald as a egotistical, narcissistic maniac who is unfit to ever hold the office of our nation’s commander-in-chief. Not only has he never sacrificed, he’s also incapable of understanding what true sacrifice is.
The fact is the man belongs as close to the Oval Office as Charlie Sheen belongs to a narcotics evidence locker.
Trump didn’t stop there. When a veteran handed him a Purple Heart, Trump said he “always wanted one,” but that it was “much easier” to receive it in the manner he did.
Donald can’t understand what a Purple Heart means, because he knows nothing of that sort of sacrifice. You don’t get a Purple Heart. You earn one.
Donald has never faced enemy fire in defense of our nation. He’s never seen a comrade lying on the table of an aide station. He’s never sat by a radio waiting to find out who is dead and who is alive. He doesn’t travel to Arlington National Cemetery to have a good cry over the grave of a battle buddy.
Though none of that is absolutely necessary on a presidential resume, the man ought to have a respect and understanding of what a true sacrifice for our nation is.
In short, I am personally taken aback by the fact Trump thinks he can compare his “sacrifices” to those of fallen American servicemen and women.
I certainly hope voters don’t force Donald to “sacrifice” the next four years of his life as president.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.