Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Trumps Love of the Military: continued

Draft-dodging Trump tells Americans
‘If people don’t want to fight for our country they can leave’

"President Donald Trump spoke to the press outside the White House Wednesday on his way to North Carolina telling those complaining about him to “leave.”“If people want to leave our country, they can,” Trump said. “If they don’t want to love our country, if they don’t want to fight for our country, they can [leave]. I’ll never change on that, no.”
It’s an ironic statement from Trump because his father was able to get a doctor to diagnose him with bone spurs that prevented him from being able to go to war in Vietnam. Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey accused Trump of lying and dodging the draft with a fake diagnosis.“He said, ‘I wasn’t eligible to go to Vietnam because I had bone spurs.’ You don’t grow out of bone spurs. I call on the president, get your feet x-rayed. Let’s see those x-rays. I want to see,” Kerrey said in an interview in March."

Glenn Littrell the problem with Trump is not that he didn't serve, There are many ways to serve without being in the military. The problem is that he used his privilege and wealth to get a questionable deferment, that he trivialized his avoidance of service, that he trivialized the service of others, and that in spite of his avoidance of personal service he is a chest-thumping 'chicken hawk' who advocates for thrusting others into harm's way. It is the hypocrisy of his failure to be a soldier while promoting his starry-eyed visions of himself being a heroic commander.
"Here I'll hold your jacket while we beat the bad guys up" mentality.
"Here I'll hold your jacket while we beat the bad guys up" mentality.

Trump Brags About Serving Up American Troops to Saudi Arabia for Nothing More Than Cash

“Saudi Arabia is paying us for [our troops]. We have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia,” Trump said. “I said, listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us. They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1 billion in the bank.”


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