Let me start by telling you that I have over 30 years of service in the federal government, am now retired. I spent the first almost 11 years of that service as a member of the U.S. Army on active duty: 1968 – 1979. Then from 1987 – 2007 I was a systems analyst/computer specialist for the U.S. Department of transportation. I mention this to validate what I know from experience within the government.
I have listened very carefully to Donald Trump and two things occur to me, both scary. He is an absolute narcissist. A narcissist cannot image that anything he says or does is wrong. He believes that he is always misunderstood when people try to correct him. But worst of all, a powerful narcissist, as Trump is, feels he can do just about anything with impunity; he believes he is above the law, that he has certain privileges that set him apart from most everyone else. And as a despot, he wields his power without an sense of responsibility when things go wrong. In his case, he does not feel stiffing people their wages when his companies went belly up is wrong. And just last night (September 26), he thought the fact that he did not have to pay any income tax on over $600 million income meant he was smart. Those were his words actually. Had he paid only the 14% tax rate most of the middle class pays, he would have paid $84 million. Don’t you think some school systems, some public health agencies, some poor municipality could have used that money? It makes me wonder just how much income over the years he has paid nothing on. And in that same sense, how many others do the same? But that’s another subject.
Trump stated last night that he had been endorse but the Federal Agency ICE. That is a very interesting statement since no agency, by law, can endorse or engage in any political activity. And to do so would require action from that agency’s inspector general with possible criminal charges. Every year I worked for the federal government I was required to attend ethics training and that is one subject, particularly during election years, that was emphasized. It is a prohibited action. I think more likely he got some official to say he is support Trump in his run. But that official cannot say those words publicly as a member of ICE for to do so would “give the appearance of a conflict of interest,” very damning situation in the government.
Trump was born June 14, 1946 which means he was required in 1964 to register for the draft. Curiously when he registered he was a student at the New York Military Academy, a military prep school. I too went to a military prep school and I can tell you with certainty that a very large portion of my classmates went into the military. We had 10 out of a class of 69 who went to one of the service academies, several others went to Virginia Military Institute and The Citadel. We had a feeling of duty to our country.
Trump, like so many, got a college deferment while he attended Fordham University and after 2 years transferred to Penn. That means he graduated in 1968, the height of the Vietnam war. He did not continue on to grad school and probably would not have gotten a deferment had he, the exceptions were medical school and theological studies. We know he is neither Dr. Donald nor Rev. Donald, so how did he avoid military service. He was not married until 1977 so that was not it either. He was quite the patriot! What he was doing during the early 70s was using his family money to buy real estate, housing mainly. It was also the first time, of many, that he was charged with “anti-black bias” in a suit brought by the Dept. of Justice. In turn he filed suit against the federal gov’t for $100 million because he said the gov’t was trying to force him to rent to welfare recipients. Contrary to what Trump said last night, the affair ended 2 years later when he settled with the DOJ. The narcissist looks back upon such incidents and claims no wrong doing, no fault, no responsibility, and states he was innocent of anything said against him even when the facts show the opposite. He cannot see such facts because they do not suit the narcissistic mind.
One of the strong-holds of the Republican Party has traditionally been the military. Trump claims to have been endorsed by over 2o0 admirals and generals. Why have we not seen this list? You would certain want such a list front and center to prove your validity as Commander-in-Chief. I suspect he had 2 or 3. I noticed time after time during the debate Trump’s penchant for speaking in hyperbole. And since he refuses to show proof, then hyperbole of the worst kind it is then. Our military is literally tired from all the wars it has been forced to fight. They are war weary. But if you listen to Trump, it takes no imagination at all to see he is hell-bent on starting a war somewhere. He thinks that is the was to kill of ISIS, and other undesirable elements. Trump will probably still get a large portion of the military vote but it is unlikely he will get the 90% most Republican candidates have enjoyed over the years. It is very difficult to have confidence in a commander-in-chief who has absolutely no military or government service experience. And as an aside, if elected, he would be the first president to have neither.
There is one thing all president over the past 50 plus years have understood implicitly. They knew you dealt with friends and enemies both via diplomacy. The military necessarily is the last resort, when all forms of diplomacy have failed, AND, you are under attack. Trump definitely does not understand this.
The man is dangerous and I am at a loss for what people see in him as a realistic leader, as someone who will keep our country safe and do what is best for the country, not what suits him.