#WhatTheySaid — on the loss of a Soldier
So, first, let’s be clear, the president, and his team, used their tv skills to create a TV MOMENT, not a presidential one. Will victims of his wars (and bigotry) get similar air time for the loss of of loved ones to create more “presidential moments”?
I can’t help but think about how American patriotism was attributed to our collective opposition against the enemies who killed on 9/11/01. Folks waved flags. Many enlisted to go fight. The war was on. And it took years to disclose the alternative facts that contributed to a loss of life around the world. If that is what the measurement of “presidentiality”, should all presidents taking us to war and costing lives be feted now?
Let’s be clear, the applause wasn’t for the president, but to buoy a woman and a family in mourning — for the nation and world to see. The father of the fallen didn’t see it that way. And, we have lost thousands of lives to war, and that is hell. Will a “record-breaking ovation” bring that life (and too many others lost ) back? That applause & “celebration” of the this new Gold Star Family is tragic and shouldn’t be equated to success (especially with questions about what was yielded — bragging about value of what was uncovered doesn’t MAKE it valuable). Perhaps, some have you forgotten how this president diminished another Gold Star family or made light of the dignity of the Purple Heart?
Any President — Commander In Chief — should understand the magnitude of losing a soldier in battle — and know that isn’t “good news” or a success.
And, then, they talk about one soldier and ignore the civilian victims — their lives don’t matter? 45 said he’s “president for America” — so, America, the rest of civilization doesn’t matter to you, either? Not good, America. Not good, Christianity.
We shouldn’t forget what that applause costs the family of Navy Seal William “Ryan” Owens or any family of the casualties of war. Nor should we forget the lives lost but not put out for public viewing. Too many survivors have to suffer without a spotlight.