Some might think ISIS is the enemy. Or radical Islam. But our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances have bigger fish to fry: Donald J. Trump.
Most of America — public opinion polls show this — were favorably impressed by President Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday. The speech was highlighted by the President’s homage to Carryn Owens, the widow of the Navy Seal who looked heavenward as the Congress (with some notable exceptions) rose to applaud.
Van Jones, once President Obama’s house radical, famously told CNN viewers that Trump became presidential Tuesday night.
But the Never Enders afflicted with PTDS (President Trump Derangement Syndrome) will have none of it. Carryn Owens was used — USED! — by that master manipulator, Trump. Herewith is a social network colloquy begun by influential Madison liberal Nino Amato. We reprint it here to illustrate how our acquaintances on the Left are determined to elect still more Republicans.
Nino Amato — This is classic Donald Trump and his White House Staff – when he shamelessly exploited the widow of the Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owen, who was killed in combat, during Trump’s botched Yemen raid – while giving his political propaganda speech before Congress on Tuesday evening (2-28-17).
It was quite a “Machiavellian” and politically manipulative distraction from questions, as to whether Trump’s own reckless decision, caused needless death, injury and destruction in the Yemen raid.
David Blaska — Please ask Carryn Owens if she feels she was “shamelessly exploited.”
Susan Julian — Whether or not she felt it — I doubt she felt anything but overwhelming grief in that moment — she was shamelessly exploited. Ask anybody who has been violated, and they will tell you it takes a while for the shock to wear off before they feel angry or indignant.
David Blaska — Honored by the President of the United States and the Congress (at least, most of them), the widow of a soldier who enlisted of his own free will for hazardous duty is … VIOLATED? Oh my poor, dear snowflake. Her sacrifice was honored. Honored! Unless you really think the fight against ISIS is immoral. Is that the lesson you want to give? Unbelievable.
Susan Julian — David, you need to get your head out of your wherever. There’s no logical connection between the exploitation of Ms. Owens and calling the fight against ISIS immoral. No one here said anything of the kind, but you’ve already asked the question, answered it yourself, and then judged it “unbelievable.” Deal with the issue at hand instead of making up reasons for your misplaced outrage.
David Blaska — You and your friends say Carryn Owens allowed herself to be used. Will you please tell us when Mrs. Owens comes to her senses and appears on Rachel Maddow to recant? For funsies (and extra credit) can you predict when that will be? One month, two months, three … ? I can wait.
Susan Julian — When my father died, I went into a low-level emotional shock that lasted for quite a while. And in the days following his death, I did and said a few things that I could only describe later as “not thinking straight.” I do not claim to know Carryn Owens’ thoughts that day. And in no way do I blame her or infer that she “allowed herself” to be used. Once again – your “made up” assumptions. She was taken advantage of. No matter how you spin it, that much is true.
David Blaska — When MY father died, Gov. Tommy Thompson called me and brother Mike-boy personally and sent a cabinet official to represent him at dad’s funeral. Did we feel “used?” Or “taken advantage of?” No, we felt honored. President Trump and the Congress (except for Pelosi and Ellison) honored the sacrifice Ryan and Carryn Owens made for their country in our shared fight against Radical Islamic terrorism.
Mary Mullen — Regardless of whether Carryn Owens felt exploited, I felt she WAS exploited – (1) in order for Mr. Trump to feel expiated for his part in the decision to OK the Yemen raid, (2) in order to recruit young people into the military so that they too can get a martyr’s acclaim – akin, I think, to that of suicide bombers, and 3) in general to aggrandize the military and soften us up for highly increased spending on the military at the expense of domestic programs. I also felt he was using the young lady who was disabled but saved from death as a child by her father’s work to get helpful drugs for her. Behind that choice was Mr. Trump’s plan for deregulation of drugs and every other area where rules have been developed to either to protect the consumer or the environment. And his third choice – those women whose relatives had been victimized by an undocumented immigrant – is the same. I’m willing to bet that more crime is perpetrated relatively by the native-born than by the undocumented, but he is using these people simply to vilify immigrants and make us want to spend millions on a wall. The audience clapped in sympathy for all these people, but the larger significance is the purpose of those choices. Really, who is dumb enough to be taken in by this?
Steve Burns — The biggest applause of the night was Trump pointing to the widow of a soldier he got killed in a botched raid. Given what an applause-addict Trump is, I suppose he’ll take that as a cue to get MORE soldiers killed.
“Recruit young people to the military so they can become suicide bombers!”
“Take that as a cue to get more soldiers killed!”
And the Left wonders how it lost Middle America!