Bittersweet

I was seriously considering taking some vacation time for this, but I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately as it is so adding another trip to the schedule just didn’t seem feasible at the time.

It gratifies me to see that many others took up the baton and ran with it.

Thousands Show Up to Properly Send Off Texas Air Force Veteran

These are the people that Hillary and Barack and Michelle and Bernie and Joe disparage as “deplorables”.

These are the people that the media constantly accuse of being “literally hitler” and full of hate.

What I see are real people. People who work hard for what they have and don’t have the time to attend demonstrations and rallies over petty political squabbles…but when a true fellow American is in need, they’ll drop everything and rally to the call.

This is the America that I identify with…and it’s always *been* great.

5 thoughts on “Bittersweet

  1. Sailorcut, I enjoy many of your postings (I am currently following one of your restoration projects on my own pistol), but just saw this one and felt moved to comment.

    I am not aware that “Hillary and Barack and Michelle and Bernie and Joe disparage as “deplorables”” the people who honored Joseph Walker, so I am puzzled by your comment.

    I am aware that the current occupant of the White House shirked his military duty to our country behind “bone spurs” and that the majority of our congressional members have also never served in the military. So SAD.

    As a US Navy veteran myself, I would suggest you take a closer look what has taken place in Helsinki and Singapore/Hanoi as well as the south Texas border and ask “Who are the real deplorables?”

    • Thanks for your service and for being civil even in disagreement. That’s pretty rare these days.

      Of course, I engaged in a bit of hyperbole in my post, but not much. Hillary flat out called conservative voters (which a large majority of military supporters are) “deplorables” in so many words and Obama dismissed people who didn’t vote the way he wanted as bitter and “cling[ing] to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them”. The sentiment is clear in the others I mentioned and more, even if they haven’t come right out and said it in so many words.

      I think my characterization was fair.

      Do you think everyone who received deferments were “shirk[ing] their duties”? My great uncle who was excused from the draft during WWII for narcolepsy? I find that attitude highly offensive. If you have some solid evidence that Trump received his deferment through illegitimate means I’d be happy to entertain it, but just assuming he did so because you don’t like him isn’t going to cut it for me.

      I’m not sure what you’re referring to with regard to Singapore/Hanoi and the South Texas border. I assume you’re referring to the summits with North Korea and the immigration crisis. I don’t agree with everything Trump’s done with respect to North Korea, but I think he’s gotten farther than any President in my lifetime toward getting North Korea under control.

      You don’t think illegal immigration is a problem? You don’t think we should vigorously enforce our border laws and do everything within our power to prevent the virtual invasion of our country that’s occurring? What should we do?

  2. My thanks for your reply, service, and for acknowledging the hyperbole. THAT is incredibly rare. And indicative of why I enjoy your blog.

    Respectfully, as to your question: Do [I] think everyone who received deferments were “shirk[ing] their duties”? Absolutely not. Do I think those at the highest income level who found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur were shirking? Absolutely!

    USA TODAY (and The New York Times) reported Dec. 26 and 27, 2018 that daughters of New York podiatrist Larry Braunstein had revealed their father diagnosed Trump’s bone spurs as a favor to the doctor’s landlord, Fred Trump. That favor he got in return was access to Fred Trump. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately,” Elysa Braunstein said.

    In all Trump received five deferments from military service during the Vietnam War– four for education while a college student and a fifth for a medical exemption after he graduated. Note that Trump was an athlete who enjoyed playing football, baseball, squash, tennis and golf in the years before his medical deferment.

    He told the New York Times in 2016 that a doctor wrote him a letter for the draft board about the bone spurs – which Trump himself said were “temporary” and “minor” – but he could not recall the doctor’s name. And, when asked at a July 2015 Iowa campaign rally, which foot had the problem, Trump – who has claimed to have “one of the greatest memories of all time” – told reporters that he could not remember.

    My Helsinki reference was to Trump’s comment that “President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” when asked if he believed U.S. intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Beyond sad and wrong!

    And yes, Singapore/Hanoi referred to the summits with North Korea (which elevated “Rocket Man” on the world stage without removing any nukes); the South Texas border to the immigration “crisis” (fabricated to fire up Trump’s base for the 2018 mid-terms and described by Defense Secretary Mattis as “a highly politically visible issue” in the 11/14/2018 Chicago Tribune), which ultimately led to the longest government shutdown in American history.

    Lastly, do I think illegal immigration is a problem? Always has been, but it won’t be resolved by separating small children from their families or by you and me (not Mexico) paying for a 2020 reelection ploy. What to do? Let’s begin by asking those who actually police the borders (and the Ports) what THEY really need (and if they prefer 21st or 7th Century technology).

    Thank you for the opportunity to engage in civil discourse about these issues. Non sibi sed patriae!

  3. Thanks for the info on Trump’s deferment. I’ll just take your word for it without looking up your sources…mostly because I don’t see much value added to verifying it. It does reduce my opinion of him to some degree, but to be honest I never had a high opinion of him to begin with. Based on my exposure to him prior to his running for President, I think he’s a narcissistic, bombastic jerk. Now I think he’s a narcissistic, bombastic jerk that weaseled his way out of military service. Doesn’t really surprise me all that much, rich people have a long and storied tradition of using their money to keep their kids from serving in the military (not all, of course, but a good number of them).

    At any rate, I didn’t vote for Trump in the primary, but he won that so he was the only choice for me in the Presidential election. When I cast my vote for him, I wasn’t enthusiastic, but he was better than the alternative. And I have to say, although his moral character doesn’t live up to my standards for a President, and he is definitely prone to saying stupid things quite often (and his use of hyperbole to make points is epic) I’ve been pleasantly surprised at his actual accomplishments.

    Of course, if you’re a liberal you’ll strongly disagree with this, but for a conservative, it’s undeniable: even if there was nothing else to point to, his judicial appointments have been excellent across the board.

    His tax cut and instructions to the executive branch to reduce regulations has caused the economy to expand at a rate that the Obama administration assured us was impossible. Manufacturing is returning and work force participation is on the rise as unemployment has gone down…minority unemployment is at historic lows.

    None of that means my impression of him as a person has changed much, but I’d rather have someone in the job I don’t like that’s doing a good job than the most honorable person in the world who’s screwing everything up.

    I could go on, but I’ll get back to responding to your comments:

    As far as Korea, I’m not sure what you think he should have done. As I said before, he’s gotten farther in getting Korea under control than any other president in my lifetime. In the past, the paradigm has been: North Korea rattles sabers and makes threats, the US offers bribes in return for concessions, Korea agrees. The US pays the bribes but the concessions never materialize. Rinse, lather, repeat. Trump has broken that cycle and North Korea has actually made some (admittedly minor) concessions and is talking to South Korea for the first time in decades.

    “Separating small children from their families”…A dramatic oversimplification of the situation. Children are separated from their adult companions as a result of a settlement agreement that stipulates children can only be detained for a limited time (and it was going on during Obama administration as well, albeit only in limited cases). The only alternative is to simply release anyone who is apprehended with minors accompanying them. This was the general policy of the Obama administration and has only served to entice those who want to gain entry into bringing minors with them to ensure they’ll be released quickly if caught. This endangers children as it encourages adults to drag them along through the dangerous journey through the desert and across the border. “Catch and release” is a direct contributor to the high number of illegal aliens that endanger their minor children in attempting to cross the border.

    Even Obama’s homeland security secretary acknowledged recently that there is a crisis at the border. Will a wall or fence be 100% effective at preventing illegal entry? Of course not. We don’t expect it to now in the areas we have a wall, we also have cameras and patrols and other detection methods in those areas. The problem is that we have large areas of the border that are virtually unsecured and need a barrier to at least slow down the flow. I agree with you that we should provide the border patrol with the tools they’re asking for…and that’s one of them. One of my first jobs after I retired from the Navy was working for the company that was installing surveillance systems and control centers for the border patrol. I worked with rank and file border patrol agents every day. In my experience, the vast majority of those agents agree that we need to improve the barriers along the border, along with other measures. The wall is the first step, not the last.

  4. Pleased to see that we have more in common than an affinity for the CZ 82 (my restoration is coming along nicely thanks to you) and a love of country. And while we may have to agree to disagree on politics and labels, I do appreciate your passion for your positions!

    Full disclosure: I voted independent in 2016 (I found the choice between a congenital and a pathological liar was no choice at all). To do otherwise was not an option for me because, like you, I revere the men and women—like Joseph Walker—who ensured my right to vote and will always exercise it, even when our two-party system fails them– and us—so miserably.

    Meanwhile, I’ve found living well IS the best revenge. So I’ll continue regularly reading your blog and benefiting accordingly.

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