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Ryan Owens - Hero

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 03/01/17 06:36

by Dave Mindeman

Everybody was moved by the tribute to Ryan Owens in the Donald Trump speech last night. Carryn Owens was the face of courage, the face of grief, the face of tribute.

Nothing can change the fact that Ryan Owens was a hero. He did his duty without question and gave his life in pure service to his country.

But that also does not change the fact that Donald Trump used her grief, used his sacrifice, and used their courage to hide. Hide the fact that Trump was careless about a military operation. That he has taken no responsibility for actions that only he can authorize. He blames the past administration. He blames the generals. He, frankly, blames the military for the death of Ryan Owens.

Everyone but himself.

We probably will never know if this mission achieved its core objectives. It is already in dispute.

And frankly, for Ryan and Carryn Owens, the reasons and logistics of a military operation doesn't matter one iota. Ryan did his job with the courage and precision that we all have come to believe in, when it comes to our men and women in uniform.

Ryan and Carryn deserved that tribute. They deserved the recognition. It just came from a very flawed messenger.... who will not learn from his actions and will refuse to accept any criticism.

The picture of Carryn looking upward was moving beyond words. It was a moment for her to grieve. A moment to honor her husband.

And that is what we should focus on - because that is what matters.
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Hiding Behind Words Of Political Correctness

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 03/01/17 06:09

by Dave Mindeman

Whoever wrote last night's speech for Donald Trump, did a pretty good job of hiding his actions behind some flowing rhetoric....

"We are one people with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same American flag. And we all are made by the same God."

We can all relate to that as Americans, but, unfortunately those are just empty words to Donald Trump himself. Because he does not believe, in his heart, that all Americans are included in that destiny...not people who have the wrong skin color...not the people with disadvantaged backgrounds...not the people that voice their discontent with what he does.

We DO all bleed the same blood. But to Donald Trump that is where the equality ends. After that, your gender, your race, your sexual preference, your disability becomes how you will be defined. The blood may look the same, but where that blood originated separates us out.

Yes, we salute the same flag. We believe in America. Our country is important to all of us - but our opinions of American actions can differ. And with Donald Trump in particular, he seems to believe that his opinion should be everyone's opinion. And that is not America the melting pot - that is America, the narrow minded nationalist authority.

And although every religion believes that their perception of God encompasses all of humanity and a belief that God has made us all, how we worship differs. And in too many cases, religion becomes the problem, not the solution. If we are all made by the same God, then why do we find discrimination so easy to embrace? Why do some believe that sexual orientation is some kind of God making "mistake"?

Donald Trump hid behind political correctness last night. He used words to hide. Hide who he is - hide what he does.

In the end...as the saying goes, words are chatter, actions matter.
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