Friday, January 22, 2016

Donald Trump is God!

There’s an old saying, “One day in politics is equal to a week in real life.”  I haven’t written a political column in two weeks and boy do I have lots of material!  However, one particular incident spoke loudly to me.

Just when I thought this 2016 Presidential campaign could not get more farcical, I heard a familiar screechy, scratching on a chalk-board-like, voice.  I realized at that moment that Donald Trump is GOD.  He raised Sarah Palin from the dead! 

Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Trump for President adds an interesting twist to what’s sure to be a hit movie script.  There’s nothing better than a good “true fiction” movie.  Also, there’s nothing better than a movie that evokes emotion so strong you yell obscenities at the screen, while at the same time, laughing as hard as you would during a National Lampoon movie. 

At the endorsement event, Trump stood beside Palin grinning like a Cheshire cat (my apologies to all the Cheshire cats out there).  As she squealed and repeated every Palinism that we thought was dead and buried with her, I could see fear increase on the Donald’s face.  If there were a “thought bubble” over his head, it would have read, “What have I done?”  Knowing full well Sarah Palin would eventually say something so egregious she could possibly derail Trump’s campaign, my “thought bubble” would have read, “Baha, ha! baha, ha, ha, ha!”

It was not surprising that in less than twenty-four hours, I stopped laughing.  She was no longer funny!  Sarah Palin made the most heinous, offensive, self-serving statement of her career.  Until now, Trump’s words about Senator John McCain, a former POW, were the most despicable utterances in campaign history, when he said John McCain was a loser because he was captured.  “I don’t like losers,” Trump scowled.  Palin trumped that on Wednesday when she blamed President Obama for her son’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  That’s why she said her son got drunk, slugged his girlfriend in the face, kicked her in the knee, while holding an AR-15 assault rifle. Huh?  Did I hear that right or am I as deaf as Bernie Sanders?

Every veteran in our country, especially those suffering from PTSD, every woman, especially those who have suffered at the hands of domestic violence, should be outraged.   To use PTSD for her own political expediency is reprehensible.  And Donald Trump was complicit in his approval of what she said.  When are we going to hold these people accountable for their words?

This incident has conjured up a lot of questions in my mind.  If Sarah Palin was concerned about her son, Track Palin, having PTSD, why didn’t she use her vast political power to get help for him?  If she felt he wasn’t getting the help he needed, she had the world stage at her disposal to discuss this issue in a constructive manner instead of simply blaming Obama.  I’m curious why she blamed Obama and not President George Bush since Track Palin served under his administration.  Also, since this episode happened at Sarah Palin’s home, I’m curious to know if Sarah Palin is the owner of that AR-15 assault rifle that Track Palin used in the commission of this felony?  I’m even more curious to know if Palin has removed her arsenal from her home?

Surely, surely, by blaming Obama, Palin is not suggesting that Track should get a “pass” for his violent behavior.  Lest we forget, just a few months ago, a Forsyth man suffering from PTSD slugged another man in the Waffle House.  He was sentenced to ten years in prison.  Also last year, the State of Georgia executed a man suffering from PTSD who shot a police officer.  Armed with this information, I am furious that Sarah Palin did not use her political position to advocate for Veterans Courts and raise awareness of the problems faced by many veterans.

Borrowing the words of Governor Chris Christie, it is time for Sarah Palin and her entire dysfunctional family to “sit down and shut up!” 

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