Donald Trump’s lies have gone too far!

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Trump recently said: “So the traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls, I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

He also said: “To the best of my knowledge, I think I’ve called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make…As far as other representatives, I don’t know, I mean you could ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?”

Let’s fact check Trump’s comments.

PolitiFact:

We found ample evidence of Obama’s engagement with families of fallen and wounded warriors.

Obama regularly signed condolence letters to families and said there was “nothing more sobering” in a 2009 speech on Afghanistan.

Pete Souza, former White House photographer, posted a picture of Obama consoling the parents of Jared Monti, a sergeant in Afghanistan who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

“I also photographed him meeting with hundreds of wounded soldiers, and family members of those killed in action,” Souza wrote in the caption.

In 2009, Obama made an unscheduled late-night visit to Dover Air Force Base to receive the remains of 18 U.S. soldiers and drug enforcement agents from Afghanistan and comfort the families of the dead. The news media was only allowed to witness the last transfer off the plane.

In 2010, Gold Star mother Sharon Belkofer met Obama at Fort Drum, and a year later he requested to see her again, as she told the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

Obama visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the day before his inauguration and at least three times as president by 2011.

First Lady Michelle Obama recalled their visits during the first term would last hours “because there would be 25, 50, 75 folks that we’d be seeing, going room to room, many with devastating injuries.”

The Guardian:

A White House official told the Associated Press Obama did not call Kelly. The official did not immediately respond to questions about whether the former president reached out in another fashion.

The AP also reported, however, that White House visitor records showed Kelly attended a breakfast Obama hosted for Gold Star families six months after his son died. A person familiar with the breakfast – speaking on condition of anonymity because the event was private – said the Kelly family sat at Michelle Obama’s table.

There is no reason for Trump to lie in this way. Trump has failed to be a truth teller. As a veteran, I am appalled at the depravity of these statements.

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The Obamacare Executive Order: Trump now owns the Health Insurance Marketplace

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Donald Trump signed an executive order that will stop billions of dollars in cost sharing reduction payments (CSR) from flowing to health insurers that are meant to subsidize low-income Americans. Here are the facts surrounding the executive order:

1. The order will not significantly impact next month’s open enrollment season
2. The order directs federal agencies to rewrite and loosen rules on the issuance of health insurance by groups of businesses. These plans will be cheaper and offer less coverage and will serve as a magnet for healthier buyers because they think they don’t need health insurance. This means the order will drain healthy people from the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, further weakening it. This component of the executive order will be accomplished through the so-called association health plans (AHPs).
3. According to the executive order, AHPs improve health exchanges by expanding “access to AHPs can help small businesses overcome this competitive disadvantage by allowing them to group together to self-insure or purchase large group health insurance. Expanding access to AHPs will also allow more small businesses to avoid many of the PPACA’s costly requirements.”(see section 1.b.i) Notice the portion highlighted in red. Small businesses will not be required to provide the minimum benefits required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Less requirements will most likely amount to less coverage.
4. Small businesses already have the power to combine with other small businesses to leverage their buying power under Obamacare! The executive order significantly alters and destroys the exchanges.
5. The executive order will likely negatively impact 57% or 6 million enrollees.

The New Yorker provides a good summary of what took place:

President Donald Trump is now trying to break the health-care system all by himself, although he has more help than he might acknowledge. On Thursday, Trump launched an assault on Obamacare from two angles. First, the White House staged a signing ceremony for an executive order designed to push people into what are known, accurately, as “junk” insurance plans—the kind, common before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, that never seem to cover people when they are actually sick and that extort and abandon those with preëxisting conditions. Trump, in his remarks at the ceremony, referred to this choice as “fleeing the failing Obamacare plans.” And then, a few hours later, he did more to make Obamacare fail, by saying that he would withhold the cost-sharing subsidies that the government currently pays insurance companies in order to reduce deductibles and co-pays for many low-income people. Companies will undoubtedly respond by leaving the Obamacare exchanges, where such plans are now sold. Both moves had one thing in common: they recklessly target vulnerable Americans. But in doing so, they will, as with so many of Trump’s moves, increase risks for everyone.

…But the most Trumpian aspect of the executive order is that it makes life easier for con men. It does so by allowing the sale of insurance plans that do not meet basic standards through “associations,” which might be made up of employers, interest groups, or just entrepreneurial opportunists—the exact rules still have to be written. Obamacare plans offer certain defined essential services, such as preventive and obstetric care and hospitalization, that an insurance plan has to cover, and cover substantially, to call itself an insurance plan. In other words, the A.C.A. made it harder for employers or insurers to claim that they were covering people if, when it counted, they really weren’t. (Such a bait and switch was common in the pre-Obamacare days; many people who went bankrupt after a medical emergency actually had insurance plans.) The executive order would create a sham market alongside the real one. One concern is that young, healthy people will be drawn to association plans because they don’t “need” comprehensive coverage, and are making what they believe is a rational calculation, albeit one that will drive up premiums in the Obamacare market, by making that pool of people, on average, sicker and older. (Paul Ryan, who has complained that it is unfair that healthy people help pay for sick people—the premise of insurance—is an association-plan enthusiast.)

…Another aspect of the executive order that is a setup for an insurance con is its expanded definition of “temporary” plans. Basically, these are policies, exempt from many regulations (someone can be dropped upon becoming sick, for example, or denied coverage for preëxisting conditions) that are designed for people who are between other plans—perhaps because of a job change—to buy in a pinch. But they also represent a loophole, which the Obama Administration tried to close, by defining “temporary” as no more than three months. Trump’s order extends it to a year. This is in keeping with an economy in which every little foothold that working families have seems temporary—it helps to make flimsiness a permanent state.

No one should celebrate this executive order. Donald Trump is failing to uphold his campaign promises. Remember when he said these things:

We’re going to have insurance for everybody

On 60 Minutes: “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

And don’t forget this one:

People covered under the law “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better… lower numbers, much lower deductibles.”

Steven Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist, said the executive order “blows up” the exchanges. He said Trump is “not gonna make the [cost-sharing reduction] payments. Gonna blow that thing up. Gonna blow those exchanges up, right?”

Trump undermined his promises with his own hand. Trump is failing in healthcare.

Breitbart News and White Nationalism (Part 2)

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Yiannopoulos and Friends

We left off with Breitbart’s Yiannopoulos’ email exchanges with white nationalists. Steven Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist, reviewed the piece “in depth” before publication.

Who are Yiannopoulos’ admirers? BuzzFeed writes:

He heard from ancient veterans who “binge-watched” his speeches on YouTube; from “a 58 year old asian woman” concerned about her high school daughter’s progressive teachers; from boys asking how to win classroom arguments against feminists; from a former NASA employee who said he had been “laid off by my fat female boss” and was sad that the Jet Propulsion Lab had become “completely cucked”; from a man who had bought his 11-year-old son an AR-15 and named it “Milo”; from an Indiana lesbian who said she “despised liberals” and begged Yiannopoulos to “keep triggering the special snowflakes”; from a doctoral student in philosophy who said he had been threatened with dismissal from his program for sharing his low opinion of Islam; from a Charlotte police officer thanking Yiannopoulos for his “common sense Facebook posts” about the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott (“BLUE LIVES MATTER,” Yiannopoulos responded); from a New Jersey school teacher who feared his students would become “pawns for the left social justice campaign”; from a man who said he had returned from a deployment in “an Islamic country” to discover that his wife was transitioning and wanted a divorce (subject line “Regressivism stole my wife”); from a father terrified his daughter might attend Smith College; from fans who wanted to give him jokes to use about fat people, about gay people, about Muslims, about Hillary Clinton.

If this is not enough, Yiannopoulos tried to get approval from Breitbart editor Alex Marlow to have Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer on his show. I mentioned Auernheimer in the previous blog post. Marlow decisively halted Yiannopoulos’ plans.

This is not the only time Marlow had to rein in Yiannopoulos. Marlow excised a portion of a September 2016 speech that appeared to approve of a gas chamber tweet.

Yiannopoulos, the provocateur, maintained close ties with white nationalist Devin Saucier. He sent Saucier drafts of his article for approval. Why would anyone send a self-proclaimed white nationalist drafts of their article for approval?

The Password

Allum Bokhari is still a writer at Brietbart News. Somehow he learned a curious fact about Yiannopoulos’ password: it began with the word Kristall.

Kristallnacht

A young Polish-Jewish student, Herschel Grynszpan shot German diplomat, Ernst vom Rath on November 7, 1938. Adolf Hitler heard about the shooting and conferred with Joseph Goebbels, minister of propaganda for the German Third Reich, about how to respond. Joseph Goebbels cobbled together a group of storm troopers to mete out punishment.

Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” refers to a “night of broken glass.” It was a night when the storm troopers staged violent attacks on the night of November 9, 1938 against Jews. Synagogues were lite on fire and Jewish homes, schools, and businesses were vandalized. Almost 100 Jews were killed during the riots. Kristallnacht recalls the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets in aftermath of this violent campaign.

You can read more about Kristallnacht here.

Kristallnacht lives on in Yiannopoulos’ password.

I’ll stop here. We highlighted only a fraction of the objectionable parts of the BuzzFeed article. Read it.

Puerto Rico: A Trump Administration Failure

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We interrupt our current series to update you on the status of Puerto Rico.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced that two deaths in Puerto Rico may be the result of an infection known as leptospirosis. The bacteria that cause leptospirosis are transmitted through the urine of infected animals. Cattle, pigs, dogs, horses, and rodents can be carriers of the bacterium.

Five more patients have symptoms consistent with the disease.

The Trump administration has failed to adequately respond to this crisis. Puerto Rico is not up to capacity in a number of areas. Here are the deficient areas:

1. Cell Phone Antennas 18.90%
2. Cell Towers 33.60%
3. Electricity 10.60%
4. 35.78% do not have access to clean drinking water

Only 10.60% of the island has power! More specifically, 43 of the 72 assisted hospitals have power. ABC News is reporting that only 16% of Puerto Rico has power. Let’s assume the number provided by ABC News is correct. We are still left with the tragic reality that 16% of Puerto Rico has power after a hurricane that occurred thee weeks ago!

The relevant statistic in this story is one that pertains to drinking water. As we said earlier, leptospirosis is transmitted through the urine of infected animals. The urine gets into sources of drinking water and infects those who drink untreated water. Remember, 35.78% of people in Puerto Rico have no access to clean running water. I suspect the death toll with rise in the coming days.

The Trump administration is deadly.

Breitbart News and White Nationalism (Part 1)

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BuzzFeedNews recently published an article with explosive claims about Breitbart News and Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist. The central thesis of the piece is:

During the 2016 presidential campaign, under Bannon’s leadership,  Breitbart courted the alt-right — the insurgent, racist right-wing movement that helped sweep Donald Trump to power. The former White House chief strategist famously remarked that he wanted Breitbart to be “the platform for the alt-right.”

The main character of this piece is Milo Yiannopoulos, former senior editor for Breitbart News. I will summarize the article’s findings and supply my own research along the way.

Milo Yiannopoulos and the Racist Trio

In April of 2016 Milo Yiannopoulos delivered his rendition of “America the Beautiful” in a Dallas karaoke bar. An attentive audience responded by raising their arms in Nazi salutes. Yiannopoulos sings and Nazi sympathizers listen. It is an odd couple, but they are a couple nonetheless.

The Big Feature Article

Yiannopoulos set out to define and defend the alt right. On March 9, 2016 Yiannopoulos emailed Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer about his forthcoming feature on the alt right. Auernheimer is an unsavory character who believes “Hitler did nothing wrong.” He even disparaged CNN employees by saying, “Hope you enjoy what is coming, you filthy rat kike bastards. Kill yourselves, kike news fakers. You deserve every single bit of what you are about to get.” These comments show Auernheimer’s true character.

Yiannopoulos also alerted Curtis Yarvin about his “big feature” on the alt right. Curtis Yarvin often used the pen name Mencius Moldbug. Yarvin disavows white nationalism, but he thinks it is “a very ineffective political device for solving the very real problems about which it complains.” Yarvin sees “slavery not as a perversion, but as a natural relationship.” I would like to quote Yarvin, at length, in order to give the reader a taste of his philosophy:

Not all humans are born the same, of course, and the innate character and intelligence of some is more suited to mastery than slavery. For others, it is more suited to slavery. And others still are badly suited to either. These characteristics can be expected to group differently in human populations of different origins. Thus, Spaniards and Englishmen in the Americas in the 17th and earlier centuries, whose sense of political correctness was negligible, found that Africans tended to make good slaves and Indians did not. This broad pattern of observation is most parsimoniously explained by genetic differences.

A person makes a good slave if he is loyal, patient, and not exceptionally bright or stubborn. But even great intelligence is not necessarily a bar to a good experience in slavery, as the experience of many Greek slave philosophers, such as Epictetus, shows. A slave must carry the unique burden of personal dependency and obedience, which we are all used to expressing only toward impersonal government agencies.

These words were penned by Yarvin on his blog. Again, this is one of the men Yiannopoulos emailed in anticipation of his article on the alt right.

Yiannopoulos reached out to another insipid character: Devin Saucier. Saucier has written under the pseudonym Henry Wolff and he wrote a piece in June 2017 titled “Why I Am (Among Other Things) a White Nationalist.”

The three men responded with their recommendations for the article. The most troubling aspect of this part of the story is how Yiannopoulos responded to Saucier, the white nationalist:

“I think you’ll like what I’m cooking up,” Yiannopoulos wrote to Saucier, the American Renaissance editor.

“I look forward to it,” Saucier replied. “Bannon, as you probably know, is sympathetic to much of it.”

Yiannopoulos said Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist, is sympathetic to Yiannopoulos’ piece on the alt right. Keep in mind, this is an article Yiannopoulos thinks white nationalist Devin Saucier will approve. Why reach out to these three men? A truth is revealed in the type of people Yiannopoulos consulted.  Yiannopoulos thought his article would appeal to some aspect of white nationalist ideology. What does this fact suggest about the type of audience Yiannopoulos tried to reach?

Yiannopoulos sent the article to Yarvin and Saucier, and Saucier responded with extensive annotations.

Is Killing Gay People Permissible for the Trump Administration?

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I have long puzzled over the existence of the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR). The LCR is a group that seeks to advance LGBT interests from within the Republican Party. The group is committed to “civil equality” and “equal protection under the law.” The LCR even maintains an equality map to track the advancements in marriage, parental recognition, non-discrimination laws, and religious exemption laws that impact the LGBT community. The Republican Party at large is diametrically opposed to the LCR’s interests. The Republican platform says:

Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society. For that reason, as explained elsewhere in this platform, we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the states. We oppose government discrimination against businesses or entities which decline to sell items or services to individuals for activities that go against their religious views about such activities.

The LCR would like to see marriage equality spread to all fifty states, but the Republican Party would like to destroy the slightest advance of gay marriage. The two positions could not be further apart. Nevertheless, the LCR built an annex to the GOP.

If this is not baffling enough, this next piece of news should give you a migraine and, perhaps, cause you to faint. According to the Independent:

The US is one of just 13 countries to have voted against a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty for having gay sex.

Although the vote passed, America joined countries such as China, Iraq and Saudi Arabia in opposing the move.

The Human Rights Council resolution condemned the “imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations”.

Once again, the United States condemned a resolution that stood against killing gay people for having gay sex.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert pushed back criticism of the vote by saying the U.S. “unequivocally condemns” the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, and religious violations. The State Department said they voted against the resolution because it categorically condemned the death penalty. The State Department also said:

We voted against that resolution because of broader concerns with the resolution’s approach in condemning the death penalty in all circumstances, and it called for the abolition of the death penalty altogether.

This is a curious response since the text of the resolution doesn’t include a blanket condemnation of the death penalty.

How can the LCR continue to attach itself to the GOP? I await their reaction to this vote by the Trump administration.

Decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal?

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I commended the Trump administration for their anticipated efforts to improve the Iran Nuclear Deal on March 17, 2017. As I wrote then, the Iran Deal was supposed to be improved in the following ways:

1. Allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to monitor and inspect military sites.
2. Eliminate “sunset” provisions that allow restrictions to expire in 10 years
3. Require the IAEA to disclose more information about the state of Iran’s compliance with the Nuclear Deal
4. Tighten the rules that allow Iran to import certain technologies

Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal next week. Let’s review some of the contents of the deal. The Telegraph:

1. Iran will sacrifice two-thirds of its ability to enrich uranium, the vital process that could be used to make the core of a nuclear bomb. All but 6,000 of Iran’s 19,500 centrifuges will be placed in storage, monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
2. Iran will export all but 300kg of its entire stockpile of eight tonnes of low-enriched uranium.
3. The combined effect of these measures will be to place Iran about 12 months away from having enough weapons-grade uranium for one nuclear bomb – compared with its current “breakout” time of three or four months.
4. The Fordow enrichment plant, which was built in secret inside a hollowed-out mountain, will be converted into a research centre. Almost two-thirds of the centrifuges in Fordow will be removed and the remaining 1,000 will not be used to enrich uranium.
5. Iran’s heavy water plant at Arak will be redesigned and rebuilt to make it impossible to produce weapons-grade plutonium.
6. Iran will implement the “Additional Protocol” safeguards agreement, giving IAEA inspectors more powers to monitor its nuclear plants and other facilities.
7. Once the IAEA has confirmed that Iran has taken these steps, America and its allies will lift all nuclear-related economic sanctions, including oil embargos and financial restrictions. This could release over $100 billion (£65 billion) of frozen Iranian assets.
8. America and its allies will also recognise Iran’s right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, as guaranteed by the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
9. Iran will remain subject to a UN arms embargo for five years. Restrictions will stay on its ballistic missile programme for another eight.

You can view the text of the deal here.

I’m in favor of improving the deal, not decertifying it. The nuclear deal is not just an agreement with Iran. Countries like China and Russia are also party to the agreement. This is a terrible move because it undermines America’s credibility on an international scale. The Guardian:

The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Joseph Dunford, recently said that pulling out of the multilateral deal, which was signed by some of Washington’s closest allies, would affect US credibility and could hinder its ability to strike security agreements in the future.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he is not open to renegotiating the deal. This represents the second grave problem with decertification: there may not be a way to maintain the good things outlined above. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran may abandon the deal if the US withdraws from the agreement. Zarif said, “If Washington decides to pull out of the deal, Iran has the option of withdrawal and other options.”

This leads to the third problem with decertification: reigniting a nuclear arms race. I’m not sure what Zarif meant by “other options” in the previous paragraph, but I don’t think it will be in America’s best interest. A joint statement by 80 of the world’s leading nuclear nonproliferation specialists says “[a] bandoning the deal without clear evidence of an unresolved material breach by Iran that is corroborated by the other EU3+3 partners runs the risk that Tehran would resume some of its nuclear activities.”

Signers of the statement include “Nobuyasu Abe, commissioner of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission; Hans Blix, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Thomas E. Shea, a former safeguards official at the International Atomic Energy Agency; and Thomas M. Countryman, a former assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation.”

It looks like we will have to convert or commendation into condemnation. This is a dangerous move and it must not go forward.

Is President Trump Under Investigation?

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Trump apologist Jason Miller said on CNN Donald Trump is not under investigation. Is this statement true?

The Washington Post:

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.

…The obstruction-of-justice investigation of the president began days after Comey was fired on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter. Mueller’s office has taken up that work, and the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate that his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.

PBS and Donald Trump himself said:

President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” the president wrote in his tweet.

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I think it’s safe to say Donald Trump is under investigation by the FBI.

The Las Vegas Tragedy

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Once again, we are left with heavy hearts in the aftermath of another deadly mass shooting. I read an interesting article written by CNN’s Peter Bergen that puts things into perspective. He is an excerpt:

But the United States also leads the world in other ways that don’t match the often complacent self-conception that many Americans have of their own country. The United States locks up more of its population proportionally than any other country in the world, including authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies. It also leads in another dubious statistic: More Americans are killed by fellow citizens armed with guns than in any other advanced country, according to the Small Arms Survey.

In 2011 alone, according to FBI statistics, more than 11,000 Americans were killed by firearms in the United States (a figure that excludes suicides).

Despite all the reasonable concerns in the United States about jihadist terrorism, in any given year Americans are almost 2,000 times more likely to be killed by a fellow American armed with a gun than by a jihadist terrorist. Since the 9/11 attacks, 95 Americans have been killed by jihadist terrorists, on average about six Americans a year, according to data collected by New America.

By contrast, in the United Kingdom, a country which is similar to the United States in terms of its laws and culture, Britain suffers around 50-60 gun deaths a year in a country where the population is around a fifth the size of the United States. In other words, you are about 40 times more likely to be killed by an assailant with a gun in the United States than you are in the United Kingdom.

To be sure there are occasional mass-casualty attacks in Europe by murderers armed with guns, such as the assaults by the neo-Nazi Anders Breivik who killed 77 in Norway in 2011 and the attack in Dunblane, Scotland at a school where 16 children were killed in 1996, but these are exceptions to the rule.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Kneeling and Disrespect

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I gave my opinion on kneeling during the National Anthem in my last post. Let’s spend some time evaluating the president’s comments on kneeling during the National Anthem.

Donald Trump recently said “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!” (emphasis added)

Trump also said “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now?’” (emphasis added)

Most people don’t know about the US Code on the use and proper treatment of the US flag. This flag code includes a section on what it means to respect and disrespect the flag. A relevant section of the US code is titled “Respect for flag.” Let’s see what it has to say about how to properly respect the flag:

Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

• (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
• (b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
• (c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
• (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
• (e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
• (f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
• (g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
• (h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
• (i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
• (j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
• (k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

Clearly, Trump has ‘disrespected’ our flag. Just look at the hat at the top of the page. Should we label Donald Trump a “son of a bitch” and throw him out?