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Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Real Hero Is Trump

The Horse Sense Blog compares the nonsense in today's news with good ol' fashioned horse sense.

Here's the Nonsense:  Donald Trump was awful for questioning John McCain's record as a senator.  McCain is a was hero and should never be questioned.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Trump may have used a poor choice of words, but he is the real hero for standing up for Americans.  The other candidates should have taken a stand for those Americans, too.

Since they are getting pummeled in the presidential race and cannot stand up to straight talk, the Republican candidates have decided to be the cowards they are and attack the person in the lead.  While they could take him on directly on the battlefield of ideas, few are willing to try.  Why?  Because it's hard to stand up to truth.  And like it or not, Donald Trump is telling it like it is, giving everyone the unvarnished truth.  So they've watched for something they could attack and now some of them think they've found it with Trump's comments on John McCain.

But let's take a closer look at this.  Trump made a statement about McCain that his opponents claim questioned his hero status during his military service.  What hasn't been reported clearly is that as soon as he said it he corrected himself FOUR times saying McCain is a war hero.  (Sharyl Atkisson reports it clearly here.)  While he could have chosen words that would have communicated his point more clearly, there shouldn't be an immediate attack because something is quoted incompletely and assumed to be politically incorrect.  Instead, his words should be examined with an effort to understand his point.  Through that process it should be determined if he was speaking truth or not.  But that's not what we hear from the likes of Rick Perry and Jeb Bush.  

Perry used the situation to immediately call for Trump to drop out of the race.  A race which, by the way, Perry is barely even being noticed in at this point.  Add to that the fact that Trump has made it clear he believes Perry didn't do the job as Texas governor that he should have regarding the southern Texas border.  That is nothing but cause for Perry to allow his thin skin to show through and look for a chance to lash out at Trump to try to get him out of the race.

But that's not enough.  Good ol' Jeb Bush jumped on the bandwagon against Trump, too, by immediately taking a stand defending McCain.  And why wouldn't he?  McCain and Bush are part of the same establishment Republican group that control the party and are driving this country into the slavery being promoted by the Democrats.

Even Fox News has joined in attacking Trump for his comments.  But this should be no surprise since Fox is nothing but the mouthpiece for the establishment GOP and pushing Karl Rove's viewpoints as often and as hard as they can.

And now McCain is saying Trump doesn't owe him an apology, but the apology is due to the veterans.  Yet Trump has done nothing but support the veterans.  McCain  is simply trying to deflect the attention from his own failed senatorial record that Trump has pointed out.

These types of attacks only go to show that Trump is a threat and they want him out of the race.  They will even use mainstream media/Democrat tactics to do it.  

There is no honor in the Republican establishment.  These are the same people who vowed during the 2014 midterms to destroy the conservative movement, even though they would not control Congress if it wasn't for conservative voters.

But let's get to the crux of the matter.  The real issue that's being talked about right now is the claim that Trump questioned McCain's hero status.  That, however, doesn't address the back story behind it.

Trump was admittedly angry at John McCain.  Unlike others who've been attacked by McCain and called names, Trump decided to stand up.  But he wasn't standing up for himself.  He was standing up for the American people who care about the future of this country.  

After Trump's crowd-drawing speech in Arizona, where they originally expected 500 people but reports say they ended up with 15,000 people wanting to attend, McCain said Trump's words brought out "the crazies," which referred to the American citizens who support Trump.  Trump didn't like patriotic Americans who simply want America's problems fixed being called names and was angry at McCain for what he said.

Now everyone knows that this isn't the first time McCain has called American citizens and even other politicians, who support something that he doesn't like, terrible names. Remember when he called Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Justin Amash wacko birds?  

Yet when McCain does such things no one stands up to him.  When he continually supports Democrat causes no one holds him accountable.  I am sure the only reason he hasn't attacked Sarah Palin is because that would put his own decision to have her as a running mate in 2008 into question.  It's certainly not because he agrees with her.

So, Trump hears McCain has called those who like his position on illegal immigration and chooses to react harshly to McCain and bring into question his record as a senator.  Sounds like fair game to me.  In fact, Trump's actions were in defense of Americans for their right to their opinion and their desire to see our country fix its border crisis.  Someone who will stand up for another and defend their right to their opinion is nothing short of a hero.

Trump has made it clear he believes that McCain is considered a war hero because he was a POW and that has somehow caused him to receive less scrutiny than others.  Basically, McCain is given a pass because of his war experience.  And Trump has raised the question why McCain should get special consideration because of his past instead of being judged based on the job he's done while serving in the Senate.  Trump's words could have been phrased more clearly, but the point is still there for anyone giving serious consideration to the situation.

Trump raises an interesting point.  Why should a former prisoner of war, or anyone else be given special kid glove treatment regarding their performance in elected office?  Shouldn't McCain's service in the Senate be judged by what he's done as a Senator, not through a filter that avoids criticism because of a terrible experience he endured as an American military officer?

And the fact that McCain shouldn't get special treatment for his senatorial performance because of his war experience doesn't even take into account just what McCain did in Vietnam.  All that's been said so far is based on accepting at face value that McCain really was a war hero.  But there are many stories out there that seem to differ with that assumption.

As recently as this 2010 article questions about McCain's involvement in covering up information about POWs who were left behind are raised.  It even mentions McCain's confession to his Vietnamese captors in which, it has been said for years, that he gave so much confidential information that it increased losses of U. S. aircraft in that war by as much as 60%.  There has always been talk of McCain giving up information in return for better treatment in captivity.  (Maybe that's why he and John Kerry are close friends.)  

But all of that was not questioned because President Nixon gave a blanket pardon to all POWs for anything they may have done while in captivity.  Once that was done, questions were off the table.

So, the question of the legitimacy of McCain's heroism can certainly be raised.  But in today's America where just about anyone is considered a hero, it is politically incorrect to even raise such a question, especially of someone who was a prisoner of war.  

Back in the days when the label of hero was limited only to those who went above and beyond the call of duty against all odds there may have been some questioning.  But today, we have an easy definition of hero that doesn't hold such a high standard.  And we've added to that lowered standard the politically correct idea that anyone who falls into the current category of hero cannot be questioned.

It's that kind of stuff that lowers the standards upon which Americans held for themselves in generations gone by and was a foundation stone in making America great.
So, Trump may have used some words that could have been chosen better, but his intention was not selfish.  Rather, it was standing up for Americans who want a better country, who want our country fixed.  And Trump wasn't going to stand for anyone, not even someone that many think is some kind of hero, questioning the kind of people who love America.

To me, Trump's the hero.  He stood up for Americans.  Other candidates join in the attack on him instead of joining him to stand up for Americans.

But the political class on both sides of the aisle are scared silly of Donald Trump and are doing everything they can to get him out of the race.  Virtually every pundit, talk show host, and media personality say Trump will never be the nominee.  They say it because they fear it.  But they're not listening to the American people.

Radio talk show host Mike Gallagher raised an important question this past week.  He noted how much against Trump the pundits and the Republican party are and he asked why they insist on forcing their agenda on America instead of listening to the American people.  After all, Trump is taking the country by storm because he's speaking plain, clear truth.  He may not be perfect, but he's a breath of fresh air to a nation choking on all the politically correct garbage we get from both parties these days.

UPDATE:  This post is also published at and this morning a reader wrote a very interesting comment about it.  I think the comment says a lot about John McCain and deserves to be posted here, too.  The reader goes by the username FlyEagleVA and part of his comment says:

I served twelve years in two branches and I am NOT a hero. I respect McCain for his service, but serving and even being a POW is overshadowed by how you conduct yourself and how use the rest of your life. Based on the Code of Conduct, MacCain was a traitor, regardless of Nixon's pardon. Nobody would call John Kerry a hero and McCain and he are two sides of the same coin. McCain is a liberal masquerading as a conservative, who has failed at everything except siding with Democrats on major issues and being a talk show hound. This was the U.S. Code of Conduct at the time of McCain's capture in Vietnam (adopted 1955):

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them in every way.
When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country or its allies or harmful to their cause.
I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.