I’ve purposely avoided political commentary from my blogs, which began in 2013 as humorous posts. But today, I must stand up for my family: Major Hugh Henry, who led a regiment during the revolutionary war. I must stand with my grandfather, a WWI doughboy; my father-in-law who served on a Navy battleship in WWII; my father, a US Navy captain; my uncle, a US Army colonel; my brother, a US Navy lieutenant; and my great nephew, a current Army Ranger.
Further, I must stand up for all my own friends, who served in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and the Gulf. Thankfully, none of my friends are etched on the Viet Nam Memorial Wall. But I was an avid ASU football fan, who wept for Pat Tillman, and his personalized gift to me is priceless.
Yes, I had met Senator John McCain on several occasions. And though, I didn’t always agree with him, I respected him. When McCain was captured, tortured, and incarcerated in the Hanoi Hilton for five years, he was offered freedom. He refused–he didn’t want to desert his fellow soldiers.
Yet, on July 18, 2015, candidate for US President DT said of McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Further, he referred to former President George H.W. Bush, a Navy pilot as a “loser’ for being shot down by the Japanese in WWII.
Throughout his presidency he’s continued to mock revered members of the military. Numerous examples can be researched and verified as fact. And this week, he enraged me by calling those who died in combat as losers and suckers. All this from a little boy, who with the help of his daddy, managed to avoid being drafted because of bone spurs. Curious, he can’t remember the location of said spurs. Instead of “Hail to the Chief,” when he tours a military installation, the band should strike the Beatles’ song: “I’m a Loser.”