The Unpatriotic President

I have always been proud of my military service, and felt proud of fellow soldiers that I served with over the years. The military has people from all over the world, each with different backgrounds, faith groups, and genders. There is one thing that unites us is our oath to defend the United States Constitution, from enemies foreign and domestic. 

When I first got into politics, as I have mentioned numerous times, I thought the Republican Party was the party of upholding the Constitution and ethical principles. I took the word of pundits thinking Republicans stood for truth, justice, and the American way. I never questioned their integrity when they condemned President Obama. Why? Because they were religious and it didn’t occur to me they would lie. Years later, if you are aware of my story, I learned that most of the demonizing of President Obama was propaganda. I’ve also learned to read the fine print of the Constitution because there’s more involved than just the right of free speech and the right to bear arms. Lots of nuance to acknowledge. 

I can’t stress how many times I believed the propaganda. That Trump was a patriot who cared for soldiers. All of that was a lie. It took Trump a few years after being elected before finally visiting troops in a combat zone. What else we can expect from a person who dodged the draft five times.  During his campaign, he collected funds that under the intention that he would donate the proceeds to veterans, instead he used them for his campaign. Trump makes fun of veterans’ PTSD. Trump insults and degrades POWs and decorated war heroes when they disagree with him. How is that patriotic behavior? If a Trump supporter can condemn President Obama with propaganda, why can’t they condemn Trump with the facts right out there for all to see?

This administration has veterans turning against each other as we saw in the NY Veterans Day parade. What is it about the red pill that makes people lose their principles? How does this blind loyalty keep people, especially veterans who support Trump, from defending the Constitution. The oath someone who joins the US Armed Services demands we defend it. Since I changed my worldview, I have also learned to check original sources and not to take the world of a pundit at face value, regardless of their agenda.. As a popular conservative likes to say, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” You know what? He is right. Read the memo, read the summary, read the constitution. A real patriotic President would not violate the constitution. A real patriotic President would not steal from Veterans. Real veterans who remember their oath will support impeachment.

About the Author
David Weissman was born in New York and served in the US Army for 13 years, with two deployments to Afghanistan. He is a former Republican and left MAGA and ended his support for Trump. He joined the Democratic party now fighting for the rights of others.
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