Saturday, September 5, 2020

Did He, or Didn't He?


Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial 
The discussion rages regarding whether President Trump said something derogatory and insulting about our fallen military dead from World War 1 by calling them "losers and suckers."

Here is the disturbing part--because the president has demonstrated on multiple occasions that he has a fleeting grasp of the truth, I am having a hard time believing that he did not say those things. 

As a case in point, Trump says that he did not call John McCain a loser--and it is on tape that he did, in fact, call him a loser. 

Read about it in this Forbes article:

Trump Says He Never Called McCain A ‘Loser’—Here’s The Evidence That He Did

It turns out that Trump called John McCain a loser on multiple occasions and it is even on video. 

We have come a long way from the days of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, who spoke about our fallen military during his Gettysburg Address:

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."  (Gettysburg Address - Abraham Lincoln, November 13, 1863)

We have come to a low point, below most other low points, in the history of the United States. The president, the Commander-in-Chief, the leader of the free world, is alleged to have made insulting remarks about America's fallen military, men and women who responded to our nation's call, willingly or unwillingly as draftees, and made the supreme sacrifice. The allegation alone is damning enough. That it may be true is even worse.

That the body of evidence, despite denials to the contrary, suggests that it is even possible President Trump may have said those remarks is unconscionable. To even believe that it is possible that a president would think let alone say such things, based upon as review of the facts and evidence of previous behavior, is horrific.

Did he, or didn't he make those remarks? 

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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