President Trump has has a long and storied history with the military. Beginning with multiple draft deferments from the Vietnam War (4 college, 1 “bad feet”) to, in his opinion, defeating ISIS.
Trump has used the military for his benefit for nearly 51 years. Perhaps his most disreputable moment was at the Family Leadership Conference in July 2015 when he said this about war hero turned Senator, John McCain: “He’s not a war hero, I like people that weren’t captured. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Sadly, attendees in the audience laughed at then, Candidate Trump’s anti-military comments.
But nothing compares to the most recent misuse of military power. On Tuesday Feb 6 2016 The Washington Post reported this:
Trump expressed his desire for a military parade at a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and top generals, and his desire was heard as a presidential directive. The paper cited two officials briefed on the planning.
“We are aware of the request and are looking at possible dates,” Charlie Summers, a Pentagon spokesman, told NBC News. He added that the process is in its “infancy” but cited Nov. 11 as a possible date.
Let’s take a closer look at what this possibly represents. North Korea, for many years has touted their “military might” televising elaborate military parades. As a citizen of North Korea, many are told to travel to Pyongyang, NK to not only witness this public demonstration, but they MUST cheer and celebrate or be labeled treasonous.
You may ask yourself: What does North Korea and their crazy Dictator’s parade have to do with Donald Trump? Well, during the 2018 State of the Union, many Democrats exercised their patriotic right not to clap and stand for many of President Trump’s rhetoric. Like many Dictators, Donald Trump said this at a campaign rally:
“You’ve got half the room going totally crazy wild, they loved everything, they want to do something great for our country. And you have the other side even on positive news, really positive news, they were like death and un-American, un-American,” he said.
“Somebody said treasonous. I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not?”
Treason? So let’s look at this from a global view. The President of the US has just aligned himself in multiple ways with Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Un – Citizens refuse to cheer = treasonous
Donald J Trump- Opposition party refuses to cheer = treasonous
Kim Jong Un – touts his military might with a military parade in the capitol of NK
Donald J Trump: wants to tout his military might with a military parade, straight down Pennsylvania Ave.
According to Jake Tapper and General Hertling (RET), Active Duty, Veterans and families largely don’t support the Donald Trump military demonstration of power.
Asked troops, veterans and military families on my personal Facebook page about their feelings about a military parade and from folks Left Right and Center not finding much support for it. What do military folk here on Twitter think?
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 7, 2018
.@jaketapper I did the same on Twitter. Got some pretty “sporty” comments, many laced with profanity. It’s obvious: most military hate parades, most think this a really dumb idea. Not a scientific survey though. https://t.co/TCEvMMRWtH
— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) February 7, 2018
Every Branch of the Military has their own variation of values and ethos. Including Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Courage, Ethics and so on. The way Donald J Trump uses the military for personal gain shows that he lacks the Values and Ethos of the very military he commands.