As a native Arizonian from a family whose men have served in America’s military from the Revolutionary War forward, I was hard-wired to respect and honor a war hero like John McCain. When he began, some years ago, to bend to the political left, I was disillusioned. But when he died, you can be sure that my flag was lowered and his heroism honored.
Then there’s President Trump. Sigh.
Gollleee, Mr. President, why do you have to be so crass? Didn’t your mother teach you that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all? Especially if the subject at hand is a war hero to 95% of your country? One who left a grieving family behind? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.
Trump’s insensitivity and boorishness in the McCain and other matters are certainly off-putting. Some of that is a reflection of the general coarsening of society since the advent of the internet and some of it is what you get when you elect a raunchy businessman with no political slime to smooth his edges. Yes, Trump has all the tact and finesse of a rhinoceros, and John McCain was a RINO. That’s just a fact.
Speaking of facts, I’ve been spending some time trying to explain the difference between lying and hyperbole. There are whole websites devoted to cataloging Donald Trump’s lies. He’s no doubt told some whoppers, but like many entrepreneurs, he’s also practiced in the art of salesmanship. On hearing someone say “I caught a trout the size of an outhouse!” most of us will just think that our buddy is really stoked. We don’t take it literally and go to Google to verify that he’s telling the truth. It’s called hyperbole, or as Google itself defines the word: “Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.”
But if showman/tycoon/non-politician Donald Trump engages in embellishment or rhetorical overkill, he’s lying. C’mon people, cut the guy a break. He donates his Presidential salary to good causes, has the economy humming and if he’s had hookers in the White House like John Kennedy did, we haven’t heard about it.
How, out of a field of 17 contenders, did we end up with Trump as President? Don’t bore me with carrying on about the Electoral College; it’s messed with both sides about equally over the years, that sounds like fair to me. I don’t know how we got Trump, but I’m (finally) glad we did.
I held my nose and voted for The Donald because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. So, not quite a Never-Trumper, but not a big fan either. I’d always said we needed a businessman in the White House, but this one?! Sheesh. Okay, I was wrong. This one is just what we needed. Yes, he often makes me cringe, but he is exactly who he is, warts and all. Had he been in politics rather than business for the last 40 years, he’d be a slimeball just like the rest of them.
Donald J. Trump is OUR President. Just as Obama was. We don’t have to like or admire the man, but we really should respect the office and give credit where credit is due.