Why The Atlantic Article Is So Important

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 But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.   Abraham Lincoln   The Gettysburg Address

After I digested the Atlantic reporting on Trump’s obscene blasphemy towards the wounded and dead US service members who have served this country, I roused myself and wrote a rather outraged article, and I thank all who read it. But after I finished the article, while we were waiting for our Super Chimi’s to come out of the oven, Teri and I just sat around and talked.

What did we talk about? Well, we talked about her  Great Uncle Bernie, who served in the US Navy in WWII. When she asked him one time as an adult why he drank so much, he replied, So that I don’t have to remember. He never spoke in detail about his wartime service. We spoke of my uncle Kenneth, who died in a jeep accident in Germany while on active service. We spoke about her ex husband Stretch, who served 20 years in the Air Force before retiring, including deployments to South Korea, and Thailand, although officially, he was never actually in Thailand in the first place. And we talked about my great uncle, who had gone down on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.

And that’s when it hit me. And why I didn’t write. I didn’t want this to b a an angry diatribe about the Orangutan in Chief, it wanted it to be a sober discourse. So I waited. And now I’m ready.

Because I realized that Teri and I were not the only ones having this conversation. When Trump denigrated and insulted the sacrifices of the US military, and their families, he literally touched almost every family in America. And yes, since the US went to a voluntary military in the mid 70’s, which personally I thought was a mistake, fewer and fewer American families have had the experience of having active service military personnel in their lives. Right now, there are at least a couple of generations of kids who have grown up without knowing a single active duty military personnel, or a veteran.

But they’re there! There are uncles, great uncles, fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers and grandmothers, all who put their lives aside and wrapped themselves in the cloth of this country, and served with pride, dignity, and honor. And they’re remembered. Their stories and exploits are told and retold at family gatherings, they are a treasured and honored part of the fabric of the family history. And Trump just denigrated that.

That is what is so devastating about these revelations showing that the Commander in Chief of the United States has nothing but disdain and disgust for the people who serve under him, and all of the ones that came before. For 244 years, this country has respected and revered the sacrifice, all to often the ultimate sacrifice of those who came before us that made this grand experiment possible in the first place. And Trump just shit all over it.

You think there might be a whole generation of late teen and post teen voters, who might not actually give a shit about politics, who become activated when they hear their parents, and aunts and uncles talking about Trump throwing shit all over the sacrifices of Uncle Ernie, or Grandpa Horace, and decide they have to make a stand? Trump didn’t just denigrate the sacrifices of veterans and fallen heroes, he turned a fire hose of scorn on the entire founding ethos of service and sacrifice upon which this entire nation is built. And in my heart I have to believe that there will be a payback for that, or the entire American Experience has been for nothing. News Flash for Il Douche, there’s a perfectly good reason why we celebrate Memorial Day every year, and the same thing goes for Veterans Day too. And it’s something that you’ll never comprehend or understand. As Shakespeare once quoth, be gone, damn spot!

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walthp
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Long ago (early 1960’s) in College, a Prof. told me “Going into the military in WWII, we all signed blank checks to the the Government and the Government promised they’d do right by us in return.” The point at the time was why the VA Hospitals system, which was then a shining example of quality care, existed. There aren’t many (any?) now in Government who seem to follow that promise.

p j evans
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The VA goes back to the Civil War – veterans got treatment, even long-term care, there. A lot of VA locations have national cemeteries nearby.

p j evans
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There are a helluva lot of people who have veterans in their families, whether living or dead, and we’re *pissed*. Because we know what they did, and why they didn’t necessarily talk – my father was stationed in the US, and he didn’t talk about it, either. I could produce a list of people in my extended family tree who served, and Himself still wouldn’t understand. Some of them are in Arlington, for one or another reason – one retired as a Lt Col in the Army Corps, and he started out as enlisted, one of three who made it… Read more »
Bareshark
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My late grandfather who served in WWII earned four Bronze Stars that none of us knew about until we were going over his effects after he died. He got a military sendoff at the cemetery, completely with a gun salute.

Denis Elliott
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My anger got the better of me many times since the story in The Atlantic broke, including during the writing of a piece in which I was way wrong in how I interpreted an interview I saw on TV. Luckily someone more level headed caught it and since even last night my anger was so high I decided to mostly be silent today. I will say a couple of things however. I agree with you about the move to an all volunteer service. All of the military service and sacrifice has been born by a tiny sliver of our population… Read more »
Elna
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My 95 year old mother became fatally ill on the day of tRump’s Inauguration Abomination. A WWII vet who used the GI bill to earn her Master’s degree in Economics – she cried on the night of the stolen election. She said the world had gone to war to stop Hitler – and then America voted for him.

dana fairfield
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i also disagreed with the switch to all-volunteer. It means that today’s military is not as representative of a cross section of America as it used to be. Although some join to serve, or because of family tradition or other reasons, the all volunteer aspect means that the military became the economic safety net of last resort for too many, like my brother. Military recruitment ads acknowledged this sad fact with the emphasis on the military providing a job and skills that would be marketable after leaving the military. Or sometimes the ads appealed to glamour and excitement, “Join the… Read more »
Denis Elliott
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I joined at a relatively older age. I got turned down for OCS at 26 (wanted to fly) but went ahead and enlisted. With a perfect score on the ASVAB (a joke – especially compared to the Naval Air Test) the recruiters flipped out when I insisted on infantry. Knowing about OCS they had visions of me going into one of the hard to fill M.O.S slots in the Air Wing and getting some attention that would help their own careers. But during that year (1983) the Platoon Leader’s Class at SIU-Carbondale (it’s a sort of Marine version of ROTC… Read more »
blueman
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I really can’t wrap my mind around this. How can Trump be so warped and callous? The Gettysburg Address, how could he not know those words? Too, how could he say the words he said and not know they would be repeated? Stupid and evil. That is a good chunk of this country, because the fascist don’t care what he says as long as he is a racist. Do they think their fellow citizens will not remember?

Bareshark
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ESPECIALLY in the voter blocs where he needs to prevail.

Bareshark
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My part of the world, you’ve got SOMEBODY in your family who served, even if you gotta go back about two, three generations. That’s a LOT of families right there and don’t get me started on the immigrant kids who served this country for a chance at citizenship. He really stepped in it this time.

Joseph
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Sorry. Gonna have to disagree with everyone thinking the all-volunteer military is bad because, for the vast majority of this country’s history, that’s EXACTLY how this country’s military operated. The American Revolution didn’t have a “professional” army. Even during the Civil War, the majority of the fighting was done by volunteers (folks might want to look up the history of the New York City draft riots in 1863). And, even after the Selective Service System was first instituted during WW1, we NEVER had a “professional” military in which EVERYONE served. Let’s not forget here: Trump was draft-eligible during the Vietnam… Read more »
p j evans
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And today Himself is attacking Laurene Powell, the widow of Steve Jobs, because she’s majority owner of the Atlantic. And he’s urging his minions to do it, too.
Twitter needs to shut him down, or take down the tweets like this.

Meg Corrigan
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I’m with you, Murph. tRump has pooped on many of my family and friends too.

old grey dude
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It is interesting that this is coming out now. Seems like Kelly and Mattis and some of the others who were at one time in this administration are waiting to report this just 60 days before the election.

dana fairfield
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I checked the Trump supporter response. It seems the only thing they want to talk about is Nancy Pelosi’s wet hair.