But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not 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. Abraham Lincoln The Gettysburg Address
After I digested the Atlantic reporting on Trump’s obscene blasphemy towards the wounded and dead US service members who have served this country, I roused myself and wrote a rather outraged article, and I thank all who read it. But after I finished the article, while we were waiting for our Super Chimi’s to come out of the oven, Teri and I just sat around and talked.
What did we talk about? Well, we talked about her Great Uncle Bernie, who served in the US Navy in WWII. When she asked him one time as an adult why he drank so much, he replied, So that I don’t have to remember. He never spoke in detail about his wartime service. We spoke of my uncle Kenneth, who died in a jeep accident in Germany while on active service. We spoke about her ex husband Stretch, who served 20 years in the Air Force before retiring, including deployments to South Korea, and Thailand, although officially, he was never actually in Thailand in the first place. And we talked about my great uncle, who had gone down on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.
And that’s when it hit me. And why I didn’t write. I didn’t want this to b a an angry diatribe about the Orangutan in Chief, it wanted it to be a sober discourse. So I waited. And now I’m ready.
Because I realized that Teri and I were not the only ones having this conversation. When Trump denigrated and insulted the sacrifices of the US military, and their families, he literally touched almost every family in America. And yes, since the US went to a voluntary military in the mid 70’s, which personally I thought was a mistake, fewer and fewer American families have had the experience of having active service military personnel in their lives. Right now, there are at least a couple of generations of kids who have grown up without knowing a single active duty military personnel, or a veteran.
But they’re there! There are uncles, great uncles, fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers and grandmothers, all who put their lives aside and wrapped themselves in the cloth of this country, and served with pride, dignity, and honor. And they’re remembered. Their stories and exploits are told and retold at family gatherings, they are a treasured and honored part of the fabric of the family history. And Trump just denigrated that.
That is what is so devastating about these revelations showing that the Commander in Chief of the United States has nothing but disdain and disgust for the people who serve under him, and all of the ones that came before. For 244 years, this country has respected and revered the sacrifice, all to often the ultimate sacrifice of those who came before us that made this grand experiment possible in the first place. And Trump just shit all over it.
You think there might be a whole generation of late teen and post teen voters, who might not actually give a shit about politics, who become activated when they hear their parents, and aunts and uncles talking about Trump throwing shit all over the sacrifices of Uncle Ernie, or Grandpa Horace, and decide they have to make a stand? Trump didn’t just denigrate the sacrifices of veterans and fallen heroes, he turned a fire hose of scorn on the entire founding ethos of service and sacrifice upon which this entire nation is built. And in my heart I have to believe that there will be a payback for that, or the entire American Experience has been for nothing. News Flash for Il Douche, there’s a perfectly good reason why we celebrate Memorial Day every year, and the same thing goes for Veterans Day too. And it’s something that you’ll never comprehend or understand. As Shakespeare once quoth, be gone, damn spot!