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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Daily GOP Ignominious: A Pathetic GOP Party Leader, Showman And International Danger

The Purple Heart...and nuclear weapons.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.
Alas, what happens when a foolish American "alleged" former colonel from the US military hands Trump a Purple Heart medal?

“Something very nice just happened to me. A man came up to me and he handed me his Purple Heart,” he said.
He continued, “I said to him, ‘Is that like the real one or is that a copy? And he said, ‘That’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.'  d“I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”
"Houston we have a problem!" While Trump stated he asked the retired Iraq War veteran, identified as Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman, if the medal was real, it turns out it isn't the veterans actual personal copy. 

Someone is lying!  Would you car to guess who is the liar?  (Snopes)

According to the Western Journal: "Dorfman confirmed to NBC’s Katy Tur that he gave the billionaire a copy of the award, not the original.

Here is the campaign trail exhibition.

A couple fo key points.

First, and maybe the utmost important, why are we barraged with daily scenarios that have lies intermixed with the communication? Either Trump lied about the "real Purple Heart", or the retired veteran initially lied to Trump. The item handed to Trump was a copy!

Next, the definition of the Purple Heart (above) clearly indicates war theater injury or death (awarded posthumously). Despite the definition, Trump indicated he always wanted a purple heart, and his receiving the medal via the retired vet is much easier. What a tragic comment only viable from a charlatan entertainer? It is especially tragic when one considers Trump's history with defending our nation.  Trump avoided military service during the Viet Nam was via five draft deferments. He could have volunteered to join the US Air Force or US the Navy, but he chose to do what most uber-wealthy Americans do (avoid military service). My military service included four years of service during the Viet Nam War while assigned to the US Air Force. No, my desire to see, touch or even think of the Purple Heart was far from a "bucket list' wish. In fact, I will never forget a startling experience while serving our country. 

While flying back to the Lower forty-eight states from my duty station in Alaska, I recall the no cost "hop" plane ride seemed inordinately cold. No, the Alaskan environment and climate paid no role in my discomfort. I took a look over my shoulder towards the back of the C-141. The view was of over 50 caskets draped with US flags. The transport carted US war KIA military men and women back from Veit Nam. No, the Purple Heart isn't a national award to be used as the object of a cruel joke (from a wealthy clown.)  Actually, I wonder if Trump actually is aware of the conditions under which the award is authorized for presentation to a member or former member of our military.

Some who read this piece won't care about Trump's utter disregard for any caring position relating to the US military.  If you are one of those folks, think about this from this morning's Morning Joe show:

I don't believe it can get any more pathetic.

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