By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam
What has Donald Trump sacrificed?!
In a stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who died in Iraq in 2004 after directing his troops to take cover while he confronted a terrorist in a bomb laden car, pulled out his copy of the U.S. Constitution and declared:
Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future.
Let me ask you: have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law’.
Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America.
… Our son, Humayun, had dreams too, of being a military lawyer, but he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.
… You have sacrificed nothing and no one.
… This is a historic election, and I request to honour the sacrifice of my son – and on election day, take the time to get out and vote.
Ah! Yes. I loved the wrath of Khan visited upon SIC Trump.
So passionate. So heartfelt. So soul-stirring. So overwhelming. So powerful. So human. So humane. So beautiful!
When Khan whipped out his copy of the Constitution on national TV and stuck it in SIC Trump’s face, I wanted to jump out of my chair and shout, “Khan! Khan! Stop! Don’t you know The Donald can’t read!”
Surely, I thought to myself in disappointment, Khan must know of Demosthenes’ admonition: “A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.”
That is what SIC Trump is: An ignoramus and a rogue! He has no use for the Constitution.
Regardless, I now raise my quill to defend SIC Trump against Kahn’s unfair charges.
I declare to a candid world that the allegation SIC Donald Trump has “sacrificed nothing and no one” is simply not true.
SIC Donald Trump has sacrificed a whole lot, and many people.
Let me count them one by one.
SIC Trump has sacrificed the honor and patriotism of a true American hero, Captain Humayun Khan, on the trash heap of his neo-fascist creed.
The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) say
, “Giving one’s life to nation is the greatest sacrifice.”
So does Scripture: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Like the VFW or Scripture know anything about making sacrifices! Give me a break!
Here is something the VFW has no clue about. Get this, VFW!
SIC Trump sacrificed in the military. He went to the private prep school New York Military Academy.
Speaking of his harrowing sacrifices and experiences at the New York Military Academy, SIC Trump said
, “I always thought I was in the military. I felt like I was in the military in a true sense. Because I dealt with the people.”
See! SIC Don has made military sacrifices.
But if the doubting Thomases of the VFW are not convinced, here is the indisputable proof SIC Don’s Trump’s military sacrifices. He’s got his own genuine personal Purple Heart. Sort of.
Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman gave SIC Trump the Purple Heart he received after for service in Iraq.
SIC Trump was grateful to Dorfman but also imbicilically doubtful. “Is that, like, the real one or is that a copy?” asked clueless SIC Trump before telling Dorfman, “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart.” (No SIC, Dorfman pulled it out of a crackerjack box.)
Imagine the wannabe Commander-in-Chief of the United States telling Santa Claus, “I’ve been nice all year, Santa! For Christmas, I want a GI Joe, a Star Wars R2 D2 droid, and please, pretty please, can I have a Purple Heart too. I always wanted a Purple Heart! A real one, not the one from Toy’s “R” Us.”
SIC Trump wants a Purple Heart without all of the nasty sacrifices that come with it, like signing up to serve, doing combat duty, getting shot in battle, becoming disabled from service related injury, PTSD and the rest of it.
It is unfair. Why don’t they give out Purple Hearts for shooting off one’s mouth?
Khan tells SIC Trump, “You had your chance. You escaped. You dodged the draft ― and now you want an ‘easy’ Purple Heart in your pocket?”
But SIC Trump had a sick foot, “bone spurs” he got playing playing ball
. The other four times he dodged the draft, he was going to college, not war, to make himself successful. As SIC Trump always like to trumpet, “I’m really proud of my success.”
Well, perhaps Khan has a point about the Purple Heart.
But I believe SIC Trump should be awarded his own special medal for his military sacrifices, the Purple Pentagram.
For driving a stake straight through the hearts of Gold Star Moms whose children died heroically defending the country, for his abysmal moral bankruptcy and intellectual cowardice, for spewing hate and for going way below and way under the call of duty.
I hereby nominate Trump for the Purple Pentagram!
Khan says SIC Trump has made no personal sacrifices.
SIC Trump begs to disagree: “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
And some people seriously think dying to defend America is making a sacrifice, a “tremendous success”?!
Forget ’bout it!
SIC Trump has sacrificed the quiet dignity of Captain Humayun Khan’s mom, Ghazala, in the cesspool of the mindless media of “nattering nabobs of negativism”.
But Ghazala fought back to defend her personal honor: “Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. Every day I feel the pain of his loss. It has been 12 years, but you know hearts of pain can never heal as long as we live. Just talking about it is hard for me all the time … my husband asked me if I wanted to speak [at the convention] but I told him I could not.”
How can a woman dare talk back to the man who trumpets, “I-the-messiah-of-hate-and loathing-alone-can-fix-it?”
Ghazala talks about her unbearable pain. SIC Trump does not feel pain; he just likes to inflict pain on true American heroes, victimized African Americans, helpless immigrants and struggling women.
SIC Trump has sacrificed in his gutter mouth the patriotism of Captain John McCain (Senator) who was shot down in 1967 flying over North Vietnam. SIC Trump shot down McCain with cheap shots. SIC Trump fired: “McCain is not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
SIC Trump does not understand how becoming a prisoner war is such a BFD “sacrifice”.
And McCain wants a Purple Heart for being being shot down and taken prisoner of war?
No can do. SIC Trump does not like people taken prisoner of war or those who ended up in the Arlington Cemetery. They are not smart or successful. If they were, they would have dodged the draft like himself and stayed safe stateside, never served and voila! never become prisoners of war or end up in Arlington Cemetery.
But what SIC Trump is saying is not much different than that WW II General “Big Mouth” George Patton who said, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”
For SIC Trump, our soldiers who died fighting for our country, became disabled, were held as political prisoners and ended up at Arlington Cemetery are just “a bunch of poor dumb bastards.”
SIC Trump has sacrificed American honor, credibility and prestige with its allies. He told NATO, “Either they [NATO members] pay up, including for past deficiencies, or they have to get out. And if it breaks up NATO, it breaks up NATO.”
Just like that. If NATO breaks up, NATO breaks up!
Gotta pay to play 25 out of 28 NATO members! Just like SIC Trump’s casinos. If you’re broke, you’re a joke.
Telling NATO to hike up that famous creek without a paddle were the sweetest words in Vlad “The Impaler a/k/a Dracula” Putin’s ears.
Vlad loves, just loves SIC Trump and his ideas about sacrificing and incinerating NATO on the conference table in Brussels, Belgium and pal around with Russia.
, SIC Trump “is a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt. It’s not our job to judge his qualities, that’s a job for American voters, but he’s the absolute leader in the presidential race. He says he wants to move on to a new, more substantial relationship, a deeper relationship with Russia, how can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome that.”
Flattery is the hemoglobin in the blood of the narcissist. SIC Trumps just loves Vlad whispering sweet nothings in his ear.
SIC Trump has sacrificed American national security by inviting
Russians to spy on Americans: Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.”
Reminds me of the old movie:
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood (or if you’re missing some emails)
Who you gonna call? Vlad Putin!
If there’s something weird in your neighborhood (or in American presidential elections ) and it don’t look good
Who you gonna call? Vlad Putin!
SIC Trump has sacrificed American hope, faith and charity on blaring bumper stickers of hate, bigotry and sectarianism.
SIC Trump sacrifices reason, morality and abiding American principles and values every day to advance his agenda of bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny.
SIC Trump promises to sacrifice the American Dream and transform it into a nightmare on the bedrock of Trump-Aryanism on the first day he becomes president.
SIC Trump sacrifices the truth every second of every day. They don’t call him a “pathological liar” for nothing!
SIC Trump said, “I’m self-funding my campaign. I’m not taking money. … I’m not taking. I spent a lot of money. I don’t take.”
As of June 30, 2016, Trump has taken
SIC Trump sacrificed the truth when he said he did not know who that sick KKK racist David Duke is. “I don’t know
anything about David Duke.”
In 2000, SIC Trump, running for president as a Reform Party candidate, said
, “Well, you’ve got David Duke just joined — a big racist, a problem. I mean, this is not exactly the people you want in your party,” he said.
SIC Trump said he’s worth $10 billion.
, which has been tracking his finances for more than 30 years, estimates SIC Trump’s net worth is closer to $4.1 billion.
SIC Trump has sacrificed the motto of the United States “e pluribus unum” in his hideout temple of narcissism, “ I, me, myself and The Donald”.
SIC Trump has sacrificed decency and civility in the tabernacle of vulgarity. “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a GQ shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”
SIC Trump has sacrificed America’s 229 year-old constitutional democracy on a three-ring twitter circus stage.
SIC has sacrificed the hopes, dreams and aspirations of thousands of students in the classrooms of his make-believe Trump University. (I wonder if all of the illiterate African thugtators in power today got their “advanced graduate degrees” from Trump University.)
SIC Trump has scapegoated ALL Muslims in the Terrorists’ Hall of Shame.
But it is not only American principles and values that SIC Trump has sacrificed.
SIC Trump has ritualistically and serially scarified 6 huge businesses.
When SIC Trump crashed and burned his businesses in bankruptcy court, he sacrificed the jobs of tens of thousands of his employees, contractors, consultants, suppliers and small businesses doing business with his businesses.
In 1991, Trump sacrificed The Trump Taj Mahal on the altar of Bankruptcy Court. By 1991, the casino was nearly $3 billion in debt, while Trump had racked up nearly $900 million in personal liabilities.
In 1992, SIC Trump again sacrificed Trump Plaza Hotel on the altar of Bankruptcy Court . Trump had acquired the Plaza Hotel in New York for $390 million in 1988. By 1992, the hotel had accumulated $550 million in debt.
In 2004, SIC Trump sacrificed Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts on the altar of Bankruptcy Court for the third time having accrued an estimated $1.8 billion in debt.
In 2009, SIC Trump sacrificed Trump Entertainment Resorts on the altar of Bankruptcy Court for the fourth time having missed a $53.1 million bond interest payment.
In 2014, SIC Trump sacrificed two more businesses after accumulating liabilities worth between $100 million and $500 million.
Every time SIC Trump sacrificed his businesses, he also sacrificed the jobs of thousands of his employees—3, 100 jobs sacrificed when the Taj Mahal was closed; 2,100 jobs sacrificed when he bankrupted Showboat; 1,000 jobs sacrificed when he bankrupted the Atlantic Club Casino.
Trump says he will sacrifice America’s economic well-being by tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. He will sacrifice global peace by withdrawing U.S. troops deployed around the world, even from sensitive areas such as the Korean peninsula. He will sacrifice American national security palling with Vlad Putin.
All I am sayin’ is don’t nobody say SIC Trump has sacrificed nothing or no one.
But SIC Trump is salivating as he waits to make his greatest sacrifice, his ultimate prize of all.
If elected President of the United States, SIC Trump will hold the power to sacrifice the lives of American soldiers, the pocket books of American tax payers and the national security of the United States.
Several months ago, SIC Trump asked
a foreign policy expert advising him why the U.S. can’t use nuclear weapons!
Could there be any greater sacrifice than the lives of the people of the United States, American soldiers, the pocket books of American tax payers and the national security of the United States?
I don’t think so!
Therefore, ask not what Donald Trump has sacrificed, ask what you will sacrifice to make sure this ignorant, vulgar, loathsome, nasty and insufferable neofascist buffoon is not elected President of the United States.
Ask yourself what is the simplest and effortless sacrifice you are willing to make to stop SIC Trump from sacrificing America on the altar of bigotry, ignorance, xenophobia, stupidity and nuclear war.
But I do not worry much about SIC Trump.
I am certain America will rise up from its present crises and crush Trump-Aryanism, which reminds me of James Russell Lowell’s perfect poem for the occasion, “The Present Crisis
WHEN a deed is done for Freedom, through the broad earth’s aching breast
Runs a thrill of joy prophetic, trembling on from east to west,…
Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God’s new Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight,
Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right,
And the choice goes by forever ‘twixt that darkness and that light.
Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but record
One death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old systems and the Word;
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
Above the good ole U. S. of A.
A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for hate, for division, for conflict, for strife….