Heroes. Period. Whether uncaptured or otherwise.

“He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Trump when asked about McCain at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. This was back in 2015. Now is it that this resurfaces?

To have a man who is now the so-called leader of our nation insult and denigrate the countless servicemen who have given their lives in selfless sacrifice, both men and women who did so to protect the very freedom and rights that this absurdity of a man takes for granted, is a disgrace to our proud nation.

Anyone who’s a patriot or has at least a drop of respect for our armed forces could not listen to that phrase without getting sick at their core. I can only assume that anyone who actually loves America and yet supports Trump so vehemently has not yet listened to this statement by him. How could anyone that actually respects this land stand by a man that spits in the eyes and graves of all the heroes that are heroes not because they were captured, but because of how they prevailed despite being subjected to captivity and torture.

And what of all the Medal of Honor recipients that were POWs? Do you know who are the recipients to this the highest and most prestigious U.S. military decoration that has been granted for the past 150+ years of our history? It is the servicemen who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor. Valor is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty and intimidation, which all of those men endured for the sake of their countrymen.

Trump is no president, he is no leader, he is nothing but a coward with a flashy suit. A man who actively avoided military draft has now disgraced our anthem and our flag with just one phrase.

I think the character Jock Ewing from Dallas said it best, “Any man can win when things go his way, it’s the man who overcomes adversity that is the true champion.”

Despite the polarized political environment in our country, John McCain’s funeral this week and the attendees from both parties who paid their respects have reminded us, in plain sight, what true leadership looks like.

Photo by Cal Engel on Unsplash
Photo by Cal Engel on Unsplash

 “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
-Joseph Campbell

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