Vets

Dissing McCain


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In a White House meeting on Thursday, Trump aide Kelly Sadler reacted to news that Senator John McCain opposed Gina Haspel for CIA Director by saying, “he’s dying anyway.”

Three sources confirmed Sadler’s comment to the press. The White House has refused to deny the comment was made. They’ve also refused to discipline or fire Sadler, or even apologize for the comment. And why would they? Trump himself never apologized for saying McCain was not a war hero and that he only “likes people who weren’t captured.”

McCain opposes Haspel’s nomination for her involvement in enhanced interrogation, which is torture. McCain was tortured for over five years as a prisoner of North Vietnam. McCain has carried physical disabilities ever since his stay at the Hanoi Hilton. Because he was the son of an admiral, the communists believed it would be good public relations to release him, and McCain refused to be released without the other POWs he was held with. Today, McCain is fighting for his life from brain cancer. The White House thinks that’s funny.

I’m “friends” on social media with several Trump sycophants. Not one of them has expressed outrage or called for the White House to apologize for the comments. If you hashtag McCain’s name on Twitter, you’ll see hundreds of Trump supporters accusing McCain of treason and of helping the North Vietnamese. There’s even a hashtag for “SongbirdMcCain.”

It’s not just the wingnut crazies on the internet. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney went on Fox News and claimed torture worked on McCain and said, “that’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.'” Fox News fired McInerney as an analyst.

After Trump said McCain wasn’t a war hero during the presidential campaign, several Republicans rushed to the Arizona Senator’s defense. McCain’s best friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham tweeted at the time, “If there was ever any doubt that @realDonaldTrump should not be our commander in chief, this stupid statement should end all doubt. At the heart of @realDonaldTrump statement is a lack of respect for those who have served – a disqualifying characteristic to be president.” Today, Graham is one Trump’s favorite golf buddies, and he’s been silent over the White House attack on his friend. His former running mate Sarah Palin has expressed respect for McCain, but she hasn’t called on the White House to apologize. Other Republicans are just as silent.

And why should they call out Trump? Hell, they voted for the guy after he slurred McCain on the campaign trail. They haven’t called him out for his recent digs at McCain at his Trump Worship rallies. The environment where one would laugh and dig at a dying veteran is one created by the man in charge. Donald Trump does not respect the White House, the presidency, the American people, or our veterans. Trump received five deferments from serving in Vietnam. Four were for being a student and one was for his bone spurs. When asked which foot had the bone spurs, Trump couldn’t answer. He doesn’t know because he never had bone spurs. He had cowardice and selfishness.

For the context of this, listen to the people who know McCain and understand what the White House is doing and what they’re made of.

McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain said, “I don’t understand what kind of environment you’re working in when that would be acceptable and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job.”

Joe Biden said, “People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday.”

Steve Schmidt, who ran McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign said, “I pray a righteous rage and anger is swelling in the hearts of every decent person in this country around the desecration of our country and values by team Trump. Let us repudiate these terrible people. Let’s do it with joy and gratitude for the privilege. We should be happy that looking back from the end of our lives that we will have played a part in washing away the sewer that is this administration.” In an excellent rant on MSNBC, he said Trump was unworthy of saying McCain’s name.

Malcolm Nance, a 20-year Navy veteran, and counter-terrorism analyst said that monuments and buildings will be named after McCain, but none for Trump. Nance is wrong. There are plenty of buildings named after Trump. Of course, those are buildings Trump named himself and their primary purposes are for money laundering and meeting with Russian spies.

John McCain represents a better time in politics. He’s a man I’ve ridiculed and defended. He’s a candidate I’ve voted for and voted against. Today, we’re either sycophants washed in a cult of stupid personality or in a resistance against those putting said stupid personality over country. There is no normal anymore. There is no difference of ideas or agendas. It’s just blind obedient worship at the sacrifice of our greatest institutions.

Not just the people attacking McCain and giving him the swift-boat treatment they gave John Kerry, another veteran, but also those who refuse to criticize the White House and Donald Trump over this, I’d tell them their souls will burn in Hell. But I can’t.

They don’t have souls.

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Vetting For The Vets


cjones04302018

As I approached this subject and the ongoing brouhaha over Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, I had to consider a few details.

I was thinking of going after Ronny Jackson, the nominee and Trump’s physician, but he may not be the nominee by 10:00 AM Thursday.

The accusations against Jackson may not be true. Yes, there are a lot and the sheer number of them lends credibility. But at the same time, they also seem vindictive, which would make sense if you’ve been running an office like a tyrant as he’s been accused. That kind of behavior tends to create vindictive people. Also, I’m not real keen on the way Senator Jon Tester has rolled out the charges to the press.

The accusations are bad. He’s accused of doling out prescription medication to the point he earned the nickname “the candyman,” and even attempting to prescribe himself medication. There are stories of lost Percocets in his department. He’s also accused of being drunk on the job while traveling with the president and even crashing a government vehicle. The lesser charges are of him being a jerk and engaging in power struggles. But, what if I draw a cartoon of him being a raging pill-popping alcoholic and the worst he turns out to be is just an irritable lout. That’s no reason to destroy a man’s reputation. Some people get elected for that. It’s confusing as he’s also received great character and professional endorsements from colleagues and even President Obama.

I don’t want to be a total partisan and say the guy is bad because he’s a Republican’s nominee. You can believe some or every accusation against Jackson, but I don’t see enough to pile on and destroy his name as if he’s a Roy Moore. The big difference here is that the women who accused Roy Moore of pedophilia allowed their names to be published and put their reputations and in some cases, their lives at risk. Jackson’s accusers have remained anonymous. For me, that’s a huge difference.

And then I came to the conclusion that it almost doesn’t matter, even if every accusation against him is true because the man should never have been nominated in the first place. Even if he was as much of a Boy Scout as he portrays himself, sucking up to Donald Trump does not make one qualified to lead the second largest bureau in the United States’ government.

Jackson gave a laughable and bewildering report on Trump’s health. He said he only weighed 239 pounds, was mentally stable, and could have lived to be 200-years-old if he had a better diet when he was younger.

Trump has proposed a budget of $198.6 billion for Veterans Affairs. To manage that, he nominates a guy who’s never run a large agency, business, or department but apparently did a great job of holding Trump’s testicles while he coughed.

Trump, like all candidates, promised to take the concern and care of our nation’s veterans seriously. He promised to clean up the mess at the VA. It’s one of the many things he said, “only I can fix it.” To “fix it,” he nominates a guy who’s unqualified who he fails to properly vet before he sends him to the Senate for confirmation. He put less thought into this nomination than he does for one of A.M. poop tweets.

Trump has not taken the responsibility of appointing responsible people to his cabinet seriously. Our veterans deserve better than to have the equivalent of a Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Steve Mnuchin, or Scott Pruitt oversee their greatest needs, especially after they’ve sacrificed so much for this nation. They deserve better than Donald Trump.

The Senate doesn’t need any of these accusations against Jackson to be true to reject him. He’s not qualified and his nomination, just like his judgement of Trump’s health, is a joke. But this one isn’t funny.

And if these accusations about Ronny Jackson turn out to be true or even more credible, I totally reserve the right to draw a parody of The Candyman song later.

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