The Better Man …

It seems to me that it is highly unbecoming, unprofessional and undignified behaviour for a leader of a nation to threaten his political antagonists.  But then, ‘professional’ and ‘dignified’ are not words that I have ever heard or considered applied to Donald Trump.  Earlier, I posted John McCain’s speech upon acceptance of the Liberty Medal on Monday evening.  The day after McCain’s speech, Donald Trump had this to say:

“Yeah, well, I hear it. And people have to be careful because at some point I fight back. I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point, I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.”

This, my friends, is how the man sitting in the White House, the highest and most revered position in the United States government, speaks of a member of his own party, a man who is a war hero and who just received a very great honour from the National Constitution Center for his “courage and conviction”.  Courage and conviction … also words nobody would associate with Donald Trump.

McCain’s response to Trump’s threat was a simple, “I’ve faced far greater challenges than this.” Indeed he has.  McCain’s plane was shot down and he was held in a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam for five-and-a-half years.  Severely injured, tortured, beaten and denied medical care, McCain was offered repatriation and could have returned home sooner, but he refused as long as other POWs remained in the camp.  Definitely a greater challenge than Trump’s threat.  And now, McCain is battling terminal brain cancer, the same type that ultimately took the life of Senator Ted Kennedy in 2009.  Another challenge greater than any words Trump might utter.

Though McCain did not mention Donald Trump, he did not need to when he said …

 “To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of Earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

He is saying what I have been saying for this entire year … that Trump and his ‘policies’ are destroying the reputation of this nation.  There is no rebuttal for this, for truer words have never been spoken.

Trump began his hostilities toward McCain shortly after beginning his presidential campaign in 2015, saying that in his opinion …

“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Donald Trump evaded military service by receiving five draft deferments.

I have neither the time, space, nor inclination to list all the things that set these men apart from each other, but suffice it to say that, apart from the fact that both are republicans and both are elected officials, they are as different as night and day. For the man sitting in the Oval Office (when he isn’t on the golf course) to threaten a highly respected and respectable U.S. Senator because that Senator spoke the truth about the direction of this nation, is an abomination.

I would ask those who helped put Donald Trump into the office he holds today to look at these two men side-by-side, to compare their backgrounds, their political ideologies, their speech, their professionalism and how they treat others.  Just look at the differences, then go look in the mirror … look yourself in the eye and tell yourself who is the better man.

26 thoughts on “The Better Man …

  1. Wow, Jill, another great post. I can’t understand that people who voted for him can’t see him and his behavior for what it really is. It is a real mess. But I think that most people around the world realize that he has the support of a minority of voters.

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    • Thank you, John!!! This, to me, is the big mystery … how they can still believe he is an asset, when he has wrecked every single thing he touches. I’ve been scratching my head over this ever since January 20th, but have yet to figure it out. Perhaps they are just too ashamed to admit they made a mistake … at least some of them.

      I think that people in other countries who are in touch with people over here, or who extensively read the news, are probably aware that he does not have the support of the majority. However, those who are casual readers of news and who do not have some contact with us likely see us all as greedy and self-serving, for he has caused much damage to our alliances around the world.

      Thanks again! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Dear Jill,

    There used to be republicans like Senator John McCain who would walk across the aisle to accomplish something of substance. This used to happen all the time as compromise was not a dirty word.

    President Trump has stoked the sparks of hate, racism, division in this country to where he is doing real harm.

    What I wonder about is, why the democrats are not yelling and demanding the president’s impeachment each and every day?.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I strongly suspect they know that it would do no good at this point. And I think they are probably right, for there is likely only one shot at it, and they need to make sure they have every ‘t’ crossed and ‘i’ dotted so that nothing can go wrong. I do believe there is more going on behind the scenes toward the goal of removing Trump than we are aware of, but … everything takes time, and I’m not sure how much more of it we have before DDT makes a disaster that is irreparable. But perhaps that is just the cynic in me. Hugs!!!

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      • That is also a valid point. Pence is a homophobe and a bigot, which would be an ongoing fight. However, Pence has a more even temperament and I think he would be more inclined to listen to experienced advisors and less likely to act irrationally, so that, in my book, makes him a better option, although by no means a great one.

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    • Why Jack!!! Whatever gave you the idea that I don’t like the Idiot-in-Chief??? I had no idea I was that transparent! 🤣 Be thankful that he isn’t your president … he is wearing us down quickly these days. Much love and many hugs back to you, Jack! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. You know, very soon I will be getting the impression you don’t adore your President, perhaps don’t even like him even. How strange I find this after seeing what a paragon of probity he is. I mean, open your eyes to the vast benefits he’s brought to your homeland thus far. Erm, erm, erm well nothing springs to mind but surely there is something after all these months.?
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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  4. Jill, for those late supporters of his, they are starting to see what they voted for. A childish, egomaniacal man. They had every reason to see what they were voting for if they only looked past the sales pitch. What we are seeing today is not news. This is how this man has always acted.

    Just about every thing he does that is questionable can be traced back to his narcissistic behavior. Everything he touches or does is “the best” and everything else is a “disaster.” He cannot take criticism, so he must deny it, dilute it and/ or deflect it. Where he seems to get in most trouble is when he lies to cover his fanny for a mistake or previous lie. Then he doubles (or triples) down on the lie, because he cannot admit the lie was wrong.

    When he does not have facts to back his lies up, he says “someone told me,” seemingly to make it OK that he does not understand he is not telling the truth. When he says “believe me,” he is lying – take it to the bank.

    On this week’s issues (this week to date), he could not say, “I have not yet reached out to the four families, although I have penned letters” and just stop. He has to make everything a contest – previous presidents were not as good as me about this. That started the slippery slope.

    Then, he tried to recover and called the parents. The one he apparently handed poorly has a Congresswoman in the car, who heard. The comments are one thing, but when he hung up, the mother said “he never mentioned my son’s name.” Let that sink in. He did not take the time to make sure he personalized the call.

    He is getting more grief on this than any other set of errors. He cannot hide from his insincerity and lack of empathy. Maybe he will go pick on Puerto Rico again.

    Keith

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    • I absolutely agree with every point. And he is so busy blaming others for his idiocy that between his ranting and golfing, he really doesn’t seem to have time for doing his actual job. But, that may be on the plus side anyway. I do hope that you are right and that his supporters are waking up and seeing the mess they have made. Now to get some help cleaning up this mess ….

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      • And, now Former President George W. Bush spoke against white supremacists and for a global construct. Last time I checked, neither man is a Democrat or in the media. Of course, Trump will tell George he is just mad because he beat his brother or some nonsense like that. Keith

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        • Yes, in all likelihood that will be his response, for you know he cannot accept blame or anything negative. I doubt he has ever said the words, “I’m sorry, I made a mistake”. Humility is certainly not in his vocabulary. Unfortunately, I keep asking the question “what next” and the answer is always right around the corner.

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