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On Trump’s stupid “parade”


The chicken hawk, Trump, who as a young man thought that Americans who joined the military were suckers, managed to avoid the draft by getting a doctor to lie about him having “bone spurs.”

This was back in the day when the U.S. had a draft. Trump and I are exactly the same age (born June 14, 1946), and I went through exactly the same thing as he did. I was called down to the Whitehall Street Induction Center, in Manhattan, to have a physical examination (this was around 1965, when the Vietnam War was raging out of control). I felt—as I presume Trump felt—that I really did not want to go to Vietnam. But I had no plan in the event that I was drafted into the Army. At the time, some young men were moving abroad, often to Canada, to “dodge the draft.” I didn’t think I was ready for something as drastic as that. The truth is, I had no idea what to do.

As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about; Selective Service didn’t want me. They classified me as “1-Y”, which meant that I could only be drafted in the event of a war—and Vietnam was never officially declared a war, because neither the President nor the Congress took that step. I never found out why the military didn’t want me. I don’t know if it was based on physical or psychological reasons. All I knew was that I was safe.

Trump, apparently, had no such assurance; hence the lie about “bone spurs.” Later, when I grew up to be a man, I felt some guilt at not having served. I think I would have been a better person had I been in the Army (assuming I survived combat). Perhaps Trump too felt some guilt, although that’s hard to imagine in a megalomaniac who clearly has sociopathic and narcissistic tendencies. At any rate, this dumb little military parade he’s planning for July 4th—replete with tanks, jet flyovers and marching troops—may be his way of repenting for avoiding service.

But, as I say, it’s hard to imagine him feeling penitence, so there must be other reasons for this stunt. And, of course, there are. Trump is anxious to join the ranks of authoritarian world leaders (Kim Jong Un, Putin, Erdowan, Xi) who put on grand military parades. (His father’s heroes—Hitler, Mussolini and Franco—did the same.) If they can have big parades, why shouldn’t he? So it’s not surprising that Trump (so defensive about the size of his hands and his genitals) should want to prove his masculinity by a display of macho. The one surprise is that he hasn’t taken to wearing some kind of Generalissimo’s uniform…yet. But I wouldn’t be surprise if one of these days he shoveled his fat ass into military-style jodhpurs and wore tasseled epaulets on his narrow shoulders.

This idea of him in a formal uniform (perhaps the fashionista, Ivanka, could design it for him) reminds me that there’s one thing we haven’t yet seen in America among the rightwing white supremacists who constitute Trump’s base, and it’s this: they haven’t yet taken to wearing any kind of signature uniform (except for their stupid little MAGA caps). Among the Nazis, the Brownshirts wore, well, brown shirts, while the S.S. wore black shirts; and both groups had various paraphernalia, ranging from special belt buckles and daggers to caps and boots.

We saw, just two days ago, how some members of the U.S. Border Patrol were posting racist, homophobic, misogynistic and anti-Democratic comments on a secret Facebook website.

This in itself is alarming, but please consider it alongside a remark Trump made earlier this year in a Fox News interview. “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

That was no accidental, off-the-cuff slip of the tongue. Very few things Trump says are accidents. This was deliberate: a wink and a nod to the “police, military and bikers” he imagines would swarm to his defense if he summoned them, and a threat to Democrats and everybody else that, if push comes to shove, Trump and his heavily-armed white male storm troopers will not hesitate to use brute force to keep him in power and squash Trump’s perceived enemies.

“Until they go to a certain point…” he said. Where might that “point” be? Several possibilities are apparent. One is if he loses the 2020 election. I believe he would not recognize the results; he would declare himself president anyway, order his thugs into the streets, and dare anyone to oppose him. Another possibility would be if and when he’s impeached in the House. But he’d probably let that ride because “his” Senate would never condemn him. It doesn’t matter so much where the “point” actually is. The troubling fact is that Trump has stated his intention of relying on his “tough people.”

Does anyone doubt that he’d do it? Does anyone think any Republican in Congress—all of them craven–would stop him? The Constitution, which is to say the Rule of Law, no longer matters to that crowd. What matters to them is power. Donald Trump seized it, with Russian collusion, in 2016. He’s not about to give it up, and you know what? He probably does have the cops, military and bikers—at least, the white ones. What will you do, dear reader, when they take over the media centers, post offices, airports, the Internet, your local law enforcement agencies, your City Hall, and an edict goes out from the Attorney-General forbidding any criticism of The Leader, on pain of summary judgment?

  1. Chicken hawk, just like his republican brethern George Bush Jr. and Richard Cheney et. al. Republicans are the party of racists and bigots, simple as.

  2. Charlene says:

    Trump is a product of out of control corporate capitalism . Corporations run the world . They are corrupt and create chaos to control the masses of population . All the men in power are thugs at core . Mankind has shown that he is incapable of self rule . The most aggressive ones rise to the top and dominate those beneath them until they die off and are replaced by the next generation of similar offspring . Man was made in the image and likeness of God but the fallen nature within has caused havoc and great destruction to the whole creation . Only God can set this mess right again and hopefully he will .
    The parade is a stupid idea and even the military thinks it is wrong . But no one has the courage to say enough is enough .
    Trump will stand before God one day and answer for all his stupidity.
    His day will come . And it will be very painful for him . God is not mocked by any man .
    Let us see Trump as God sees him . A foolish insensitive egotistical lost soul who is in such great need of divine intervention.

  3. Dear Charlene, thank you for your thoughtful, heartfelt comment. I don’t especially believe in “God” but I do believe there’s a moral order in our Universe, and you and I both think that Trump and his cronies are in flagrant violation of that moral order. To me, That’s why he needs to go. The Leader of America must be above all a kind, decent, compassionate and caring person–and Trump is emphatically not that person. So, again, many thanks for taking the time to write in. I really enjoyed reading it!

  4. Thank you cc! We’re in 100% agreement. Let’s hope this Republican crowd is soon gone!

  5. Bob Rossi says:

    I suspect (or at least hope) that Trump doesn’t have the kind of support from the military (and maybe the police) that he thinks. For example, I don’t know if this is true, but I read somewhere today that Trump may have called off the strike on Iran because of fears that the military would disobey his order and refuse to attack.

  6. Bob Rossi, I think the situation with Trump and the military is obscure. No doubt many of the rank and file and some senior commanders would do anything for Trump. But there is also serious opposition to him. They’re going to have to work this out among themselves.

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