Let me set the record straight about John McCain being a HERO . . . because some people wrote that no matter what McCain does or did after he was released from captivity, he was nonetheless a true American Hero.
1 – Every man and woman who volunteers to wear the uniform of his/her country is a HERO.
2 – McCain was not the only American serviceman who was captured and tortured. He was one of many over the centuries.
3 – MY DAD WAS A 100% BONA-FIDE WWII HERO . . . During the Battle of Monte Casino, my dad was hit hard in his head with flying shrapnel. He was carried off the field to be stitched-up, and ordered to the rear for hospital care.
BUT THE FIGHTING WASN’T DONE . . . AND NEITHER WAS MY DAD.
As soon as he was sutured, he walked out of the battle-front clinic, picked up his Enfield 303, grabbed as many clips as he could carry, and went back to doing what he VOLUNTEERED to do . . . SERVE HIS COUNTRY AND FIGHT NAZIS.
4 – And that wasn’t the first, last, and only time he showed incredible courage . . . but to him, he was just one of more than 1,000,000 Canadians doing what had to be done, which to his way of thinking, was the price all men had to pay for FREEDOM.
MY DAD NEVER THOUGHT OF HIMSELF AS A HERO . . . NEVER! But, he always thought of his comrades-in-battle as his brothers – I THINK THEY ALL DID.
My DAD did his service way above and beyond the call of duty; he was wounded, sickened (Malaria), fought in hand-to-hand combat, lived in the open in the mud, rain and snow, carried a Bren (Machine) Gun when not carrying his Enfield 303, and rode a battle Motorcycle between and behind enemy lines as a Scout and DISPATCH RIDER.
My dad was written up repeatedly in Dispatches, awarded medals for his service, and won the Bronze Lion, presented by Queen Wilhelmina, the Netherland’s second highest award for outstanding bravery. NOT BAD FOR A CANADIAN born to immigrant parents.
And let me write this as clearly as I possibly can. UNLIKE JOHN MCCAIN, my dad came home after serving, and went about getting a job. Not a fancy job. Just a job, so he could get married, have children, put a roof over his family’s head, food on the table, and raise his family as best he could . . . Just like millions of other North Americans did when they came home from war
There have been MILLIONS of Canadian and American Military HEROES who sacrificed greatly in the cause of FREEDOM, many of whom never had the chance to come home. And many who came home scarred and broken . . . 99.9% of whom NEVER traded on their war history.
What MCCAIN endured in Vietnam, became who he was, as if it made him somehow special, unassailable, bordering on being holy, to be revered and BEYOND criticism. THAT’S JUST BS!
McCain INSULTED not just 15,000 people in Arizona WHO CAME OUT TO HEAR TRUMP the other day, but rather, also MILLIONS of other Americans who love what Trump is saying . . . but that’s OK, because McCain is a HERO.
McCain insulted fellow Republican Senators (Ted Cruz and Rand Paul), by publicly calling them WACKO-BIRDS, because he didn’t agree with their position . . . but that’s OK too, because McCain is a HERO.
McCain’s career is replete with DRIVE-BY insults and snide remarks targeting a plethora of people, with whom he either didn’t like, didn’t agree with, or thought were unworthy. BUT THAT’S OK TOO . . . BECAUSE MCCAIN WAS A HERO!
It’s remarkable how Trump, who is one of the most unlikely champions of FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY . . . is shining the strength of a KLIEG LIGHT on the insanity that has become the governance of the United States of America, exposing the PHONIES, who are making and have made decisions that are killing the USA.
I heard former Texas Governor, Rick Perry, speaking on television this morning (July 21, 2015). It must be made clear before I continue, that I always thought Perry could be a good President, and when he spoke, I always figured it was worth listening . . . BUT.
In what Trump would take a smattering of words to CLEARLY, yet inarticulately express, Perry took reams of measured words, just to get to a less than finite point. AND THAT SUMS UP WHY SO MANY PEOPLE SUPPORT TRUMP.
Trump speaks people . . . MOST of the rest speak politics.
I also doubt that Trump will run as an Independent if he doesn’t make it to the nomination, but one never knows what a person who is capable will do.
I’ve read and received a huge number of emails reminding me about Ross Perot, and how he ushered in the Clintons by dividing Conservatives, as a warning about supporting TRUMP. But there are MANY significant differences.
1 – Trump is no Ross Perot. Or maybe Perot was no Trump.
2 – The American people were not nearly as fed-up with Washington then as they are today.
3 – The LEFT were always a problem. But nothing like they are now.
4 – America was NOT teetering on insolvency as it is today . . . with MORE than $18-TRILLION in debt and growing by the second.
5 – Islam was not the threat then . . . that it is now.
6 – America was not nearly as torn along racial, gender, class, and numerous other contrived divides.
7 – There were far more MAKERS then, than there are TAKERS today.
8 – America was the most powerful, feared, and respected country on the planet, which isn’t true now.
9 – America has surrendered EXCEPTIONALISM for being ordinary . . . to being just another nation amongst nations.
10 – AND THERE WAS NO OBAMA . . . THE ENEMY FROM WITHIN.
11 – There were no undocumented people in America . . . THEY WERE ILLEGAL!
12 – People had the choice of Health Care, without having the government shoving it’s version down the population’s throat as it is today.
13 – And perhaps the most important issue . . . is how Congress has allowed Obama and the Supreme Court to utterly disregard and disassemble the US Constitution.
Let me repeat . . . If all that Trump does now, is to continue to shine a BRIGHT LIGHT on (in his words) the LOSERS in Washington; that in itself is something that would deserve the gratitude of the American people.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov