Open thread May 25, 2018 Dan Crawford | May 25, 2018 9:24 am Tags: open thread Comments (10) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
President Donald Trump delivered the commencement speech at the U.S. Naval Academy’s graduation ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland on Friday and vowed to shake the hand of each outgoing student.
“I could make this commencement address — which is a great honor for me — and immediately leave and wave goodbye.”
“Or, I could stay and shake hands with just the top 100.”
“Or I could stay for hours and shake hands with 1,100 and something.”
“What should I do? What should I do?” Trump asked the cheering crowd.
“I’ll stay, I’ll stay!”
I went to Lane Technical High School, one of the best high schools in Chicago in the sixties. We were an all boys school when I attended, almost 5,000 strong, and we put some great football teams on the field. A guy by the name of Percy played center at 300 lbs. I knew the Valkos as they were in Scouts with me. They were muscular players.
It was the early sixties and we were called for an assembly in the auditorium. The principal introduced us to Jack Dempsey. He looked at us and said” I can kick any of your asses in this auditorium today.” We then lined up and each one of us in the auditorium shook his hand. 4,000 of usor so. Trump must have been exhausted. Jack Dempsey was not.
Shaking the hand of Jack Dempsey has more meaning to me than shaking the hand of this president who is a pronounced bigot, racist, misogynist, cowardly bastard who used every reason he could to avoid the draft for Vietnam. I could also tell you about meeting Walton and Dr. J,, Rick Graff from the Dolphins, Gale Sayers who I also did business with, etc. Each one of them stood head and shoulders above the coward Trump.
There are more; but, my memory eludes me now.
This is to show you what a great retail politician Trump is. He also got up at 3:00 am to meet the released North Korean prisoners at the airport. He is also donating his presidential salary to charity. Who else has done this?
You might not want to shake Trump’s hand, due to your misconceptions of him. But many millions, including the Naval Academy graduates, would love to, based not on what he has done in the past, but what he is doing now, and hopefully continues to do in the future.
There are no misconceptions of what Trump is by me. As a veteran who served during the Vietnam era, I do get to choose who I associate with and what I think they did during that era. Trump is a coward who is a pronounced bigot, racist, misogynist, etc. who has lied continuously before and during his administration and should not be president.
Trump has not done anything in the past or presently which we can hold up as a beacon to his outstanding morality or manhood. He is a foul-mouth coward who picks on those who can not defend themselves from his dictates sending others to do “his” dirty work.
You know who else evaded the draft? Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. Bernie Sanders applied for conscientious objector status. Would you refuse to shake their cowardly hands?
In what sense is a conscientious objector a coward?
They are not.
Yeah, a bunch of cadets are not going to be nice to the commander in chief who all realize he is lying through his teeth as every single one is ten times smarter than he is, who knew?
Trump Tells An Astonishing Six Lies In Under Two Minutes In Speech To Naval Academy Graduates
President Trump made six false statements in the span of two minutes during his commencement speech at the Naval Academy on Friday, including claiming that this year’s military pay raise is the first in ten years, when in fact military pay has gone up every year for the last ten years.
Earlier this month, The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker’s database reported that President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims in the 466 days since he took the oath of office.
Trump is now averaging nearly 6.5 false or misleading claims a day — a number that continues to steadily increase. In the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 false claims a day.”
“One ex-pro, Marvin Washington, followed this logic to ask a very good question: If it’s disrespectful for NFL employees to kneel during the anthem, surely it’s disrespectful to continue selling beer and chili dogs during the ceremony?
After all, this is about Respecting the Anthem. Both the players and the various concession vendors are employees and representatives—directly or indirectly—of the National Football League as an enterprise. Shouldn’t they all be held to the same standard? Shouldn’t everyone have to stop what they’re doing, stand, take off their hats, and put their hands over their hearts? Maybe the stadium employees who work the gates should stop swiping fans’ tickets and allowing them into the stadium while the anthem ceremony is underway. You have to arrive before or after the anthem, you can’t come in during. Show some respect.”
Here’s the thing (I love “Monk”), the protests are not about the flag, the anthem or the military. And the actions of the NFL owners are not about the flag, the anthem or the military.
The owners could not have done a better job of showing that. Course, that is only to those that can think.
Just some more deflection by Trump and his followers. Want to see them really get upset? Threaten to pass legislation to invoke the same training one must go through to get a license to drive a car plus insurance and license for each bullet-spewing-weapon they own. Or you go trough the same trainning as the Military. If you are not in field, your weapons and bullets get locked up in the armory of your choice.
There is a lady in Michigan (Collen Turk) who is running for state represenative on bullet-spewing-weapons control. You should see the mouthy you-can’t-take-away of legislate crowds she attracts on facebook. I doubt she will win; but, it does expose the silliness of their argument. It is more difficult to own and drive a car in Michigan then to get a weapon. Just a permit to buy and a private seller does not have to report a sale.