Just one more reason

I’ve been trying to come up with the right words to express just how upsetting and disgusting I find Trump’s comments, actions, and attitudes toward our military, veterans, and military families and I can’t come up with anything that will do it.

This isn’t the only reason he’s an awful and terrifying choice for POTUS – and not even the most compelling – but it does show his incredible disrespect and ignorance with regard to the principles and dedication required to be a member of the US military.

I urge all of my fellow veterans, do not vote for this draft-dodging piece of shit. For so many reasons this man is a danger to our country and to the larger global community. Voting for third-party candidates only serve to boost Trump’s chances of securing the necessary number of electoral votes. Protest voting isn’t the way to effect change at this point. There’s too much at stake. People of color, LGBTQ folks, non-Christians, women, and others are in danger of losing hard earned rights. His influence wouldn’t just be felt for a minimum of four years, but for decades to come by filling the Supreme Court with extreme right-wing judges.

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2 thoughts on “Just one more reason

  • October 4, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I’m posting this comment from Cheyne Curry, with permission.

    His score so far: John McCain is not a hero because he was a POW.
    His “sacrifices” are equal to that of Gold Star Families.
    Female soldiers should expect to be raped in the military.
    He always wanted a purple heart but not the “hard way” (by serving his country).
    Trump “understands” what active duty soldiers go through when deployed because he went to an elite military academy.
    Trump was deferred from the draft 4 times for “school” and then couldn’t serve because had a ‘sore foot’ (but he could play school sports).
    He says our military is a disaster.
    He says our military generals are an “embarrassment.”
    He claims he knows more than our military about Isis.
    He accuses troops in Iraq of stealing money and that those soldiers are living “very well” with their “baskets of money.”
    He holds a fundraiser for veterans groups but doesn’t give them any money until he is publicly shamed to.
    Now he says soldiers who suffer from PTSD aren’t strong and that’s why they kill themselves. Just one of these statements is bad enough. But all of them? And he still gets support? Yes, that’s deplorable.

  • October 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I am not military*. I have worked in civilian law enforcement more than half my life, and worked beside veterans, some who saw combat, some who saw non-recognized combat, and some who served stateside. One thing that can be said is that each and every one of them stood ready to go into harms way, whether it was for 4 years, 8 years, or 20 years, in time of war and in time of peace. To equate hard work with the sacrifice of our military personnel who saw combat is absurd. To say that experience in school is anything like that of military service is ridiculous. To berate, dismiss, or otherwise impune a POW or a Gold Star family is reprehensible.

    The comments that Trump made yesterday, regarding PTSD show his complete, utter and absolute lack of understanding of what PTSD is, is not, and not just underscores, but capitalizes and bolds the stigma of those who suffer from PTSD.

    *I have identified as lesbian since my late teens. I could never lie on the form.

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