To The Daily Sun,
In 1973, John McCain returned to the U.S. after five years at the "Plantation," a subsidiary of the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" in Vietnam. During that time as a POW in which he had refused early repatriation, he was recovering from serious injuries to his arms and legs, and being treated to less-than-adequate living conditions, e.g. solitary confinement, inadequate medical treatment, and torture. He can be forgiven for occasionally not saluting the American flag as he cannot raise his arms above his shoulders.
By 1968, Donald Trump had spent four years at Fordham University and at the University of Pennsylvania, after receiving four student deferments and a medical exemption for "heel spurs." During that time, he garnered over $200,000 by "walking" and collecting tenant rents for his father's real estate company, and still found time to revel in the college experience. That company was cited in 1973 by the Department of Justice for violating the Fair Housing Act for repeated "different rental terms and conditions due to race." The case was settled out of court.
Mr. Trump's thankless comment to now-Senator McCain was, "He's not a war hero! He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured." Perhaps he was suggesting that the North Vietnamese SAM missile that shot down John McCain's A-4E Skyhawk over Hanoi should have killed him, while at the same time Mr. Trump was endangering himself collecting tenants' rents. Service in the Navy over Vietnam would seem to be more dangerous than collecting rents.
Retired four-star Marine Corps Gen. John Allen spoke up in favor of Donald Trump's presidential opponent at the Democratic National Convention. Mr. Trump derided the 2011-2013 commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan by insulting him as, ". . . the failed general. He was the general fighting ISIS. I would say he hasn't done so well." Actually, ISIS was a major factor in Iraq and Syria in 2011-2013, while General Allen's assignment was in Afghanistan. Great to be thanked for your service to your country. Service in the Marines in Afghanistan would seem to be more dangerous than collecting rents.
Humayun Khan, a Muslim — yes, Muslim — U.S. Army Captain, was killed in Iraq in 2004 and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Yes, Capt. Humayun Khan was a Muslim fighting for his country, the USA. His Gold Star parents (parents of the military killed while in service to their country) spoke eloquently at the Democratic National Convention about the sacrifice that their son and family had made.
Donald Trump insulted them by equating Humayan Khan's sacrifice with his own sacrifice by stating "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices ... I've created thousands and thousands of jobs...". Life vs. jobs? He even elaborated that collecting a tenant's rent was a dangerous endeavor, e.g. while knocking on a tenant's door, stand by the side of the door due to the unpredictable behavior of the tenant. Service in the U.S. Army in Iraq would seem to be more dangerous than collecting rents.
Tim Miller, co-founder of the conservative super PAC America Rising, aptly stated, "He just has no sense of decency and empathy when it comes to dealing with others." The Gold Star Families issued a statement that "When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice." It seems that the Teutonic Code of Democracy and Social Darwinism are integral parts of an Anglo-Saxon individual who had made the ultimate sacrifice of "collecting rents and creating lots of jobs."
Wouldn't it be great to have a commander-in-chief who respects our dedicated military members? "Spin Doctor" that.
Frank M. Weeks
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