There’s an old adage that goes; “If a politician’s lips are moving, he’s lying.” When it comes to the so-called “businessman turned politician” President Donald J. Trump, never has a saying rang with so much truth. From the day he announced his candidacy for president, and with each passing day, the lies have become just like a “snowball rolling down the side of a snow covered hill”, they’re growing. From his claims that former President Obama was not an American citizen (and that he [Trump] had sent “detectives” to Hawaii), Mexico paying for a wall, Ted Cruz’s father being associated with JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, millions of illegals voting, thousands of Muslims celebrating the September 11th attacks, unemployment at 40 percent…, etc.., etc…, etc…, it’s all nothing but LIES. I really don’t intend to belabor the point, but if Helen Keller and Ray Charles were alive today, both would easily see and hear the lies coming from Donald Trump’s moving lips! But i’ll digress…
It’s December in America, and two years since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. With less than a week left in 2018, it is the time of year when we celebrate the holidays, which includes spending time with family, shopping for presents and gifts, enjoying good food and spending time with all the people you love. For some, the winter holidays can be emotionally stressful. For those who have a loved one serving in the military, particularly wartime active duty, worrisome thoughts can become a burden. The notion of paying the ultimate price in battle is looming and ubiquitous for a front line soldier. However, it’s the sense of duty, honor and country that guides their daily thoughts. Still there’s one thought that both the deployed soldier and their loved ones back at home share. That is the “thought” of the day when that soldier safely returns home.
As a spouse, a parent or sibling of a soldier, the worse fear is to one day open your door and see a serviceman in dress blue or green accompanied by a military chaplain. In October of 2017, sadly its what happened to Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt La David Johnson who’s platoon was ambushed in the African country of Niger. President Trump’s phone call of condolence made headlines that week when Democratic congresswoman Frederica Wilson – who had heard the call along with the family – said that Trump seemed as though he could not remember Sgt. Johnson’s name, and appeared to be less than sympathetic. To make matters worse, Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, retired U.S. Marine General John Kelly, attacked Rep. Wilson calling her an “empty barrel” who had fabricated her story about the call. Gen. Kelly went on to say that Wilson had once made a claim that she was solely responsible for securing funding for a federal Post Office project. However, it was found that (and proven by video tape evidence) that Wilson did not make any such claim. Moreover, Wilson’s account of the Trump’s phone call was confirmed and corroborated by Sgt. Johnson’s widow, both of whom were on the phone during the call. That begs the question of why would Gen. Kelly and Donald Trump treat the widow of a fallen soldier this way? And why would they then lie about it? The answer is masked by their disguise, yet revealed by U.S. military history.
Guardian Online writer David Olusoga wrote this in an article titled, “Black soldiers were expendable – then forgettable.”
In the US, the same racial neurosis inspired Lothrop Stoddard’s fellow Klansmen to embark upon a wave of murder and intimidation designed to ensure that any hopes of racial justice nursed by the thousands of African American soldiers then returning from the western front were snuffed out. In 1919 at least 19 African American soldiers were lynched in the US, some for wearing their army uniforms in public, as they were perfectly entitled to do. In 26 American cities, black communities were attacked and people murdered in the streets, during the so-called and now forgotten “red summer”
America has a very sordid history when it comes to Blacks and minorities in the military. A century after the end of the first world war there still are vestiges of racism in the military and in American society. Even as American soldiers of all races have fought and died on the battle field, racial animus and division finds a way to pervade. In a recent article of the New York Times several former and present minority members of the U.S. military were asked about the controversy surrounding the NFL players protests, and Donald Trump’s attacks on Black players in the NFL.
Wearing the uniform only protects me when it is on.
I am an African-American who grew up experiencing harassment from law enforcement and still to this day experience it depending on where I am stationed. Wearing the uniform only protects me when it is on.
— Uriah Hunter, U.S. Army
The individuals exercising their freedom of speech need and deserve far more respect than the flag.
As an Asian you get to hear things from both sides that they wouldn’t tell each other. As a liberal military member, it’s the same thing. Also, being a minority helps understand privilege, the justice system, and various other aspects related to race in America. There are more important things than caring about whether or not people are kneeling. The flag is a symbol, but the people are the country. I think the individuals exercising their freedom of speech need and deserve far more respect than the flag or some arbitrary ceremony.
— Baldwin Yen, U.S. Army
According to a Military Times poll, support for Donald Trump is fading among active duty troops. It would suffice to say that a large percentage of the unfavorable rating is based on responses from racial minorities. The Department of Defense (DoD) shows that 32.9% of DoD’s enlisted forces in FY14 are racial minorities. The military service branch with the highest percentage of blacks is the Army, at about 20%. A breakdown by branch of service shows Trump’s “unfavorable rating” among Army respondents at 40% (although the highest, 43% were from Navy respondents).
Throughout the country we’ve actually seen growing discontent for Donald Trumps chaotic policies, personal attacks and insults, and made-up outright lies. The assertion (his lie…) that a professional football player who kneels during the National Anthem is somehow disrespecting the military is absurd and ludicrous. The cause and intent of the NFL player’s protests has absolutely nothing to do with the military. The objective of NFL protests is the same as John Carlos and Tommie Smith who raised their fists at the 1968 Olympic Games. The intent is to highlight the issue of racial injustice and police shootings of unarmed Black men.
Contrary to Donald’s Trumps assertion of growing support among Black Americans, there are facts and evidence that shows a much different picture. Recent Gallup Polling (Nov. 26-Dec. 22, 2018) shows black support for Donald Trump at 9%. Despite his bogus claims, it’s clear that an overwhelming majority of Black voters are not supportive of Trump. For Trump, publicly attacking and denigrating black figures is nothing more than a racist dog-whistle that incites his base supporters. What he doesn’t realize, (nor cares about) is the adverse reaction his racial rhetoric causes, particularly from minorities in the military.
As a delusional and pathological creator of distortions, Donald Trump doesn’t realize that Black Americans, including those in the military, pay close attention to what he does and says. Black active duty military personnel are well aware of the constant attacks Trump makes on Black athletes, entertainers, pundits and politicians. One would would be remiss to believe that Trumps vitriol and disdain for Black athletes wouldn’t spillover into the ranks of Black military personnel. The fact is that he doesn’t care. Trump uses the U.S. military as political props in order to promote false narratives and subterfuge. As long as his message and the lies are heard and parroted by his media pundits, supporters and political base, for Donald Trump “facts don’t matter.”
Since the election of Donald Trump there’s been nothing less than chaotic policies and constant lies coming from the White House. The country is very nearly engulfed in complete confusion. So i’ll leave you with a decades old musical composition that’s still relevant today… enjoy!