Sept. 7, 2016
This evening I watched the NBC special program, the Commander-in-Chief (C–I-C) Forum, where they interviewed Hillary and Donnie. The premise of the program was how the candidates would perform as President and C-I-C of the U.S. Armed Forces to keep the world safe. Both candidates are boomers (Hillary is 69, Trump is 70), and in their youth in the Sixties the war in Vietnam dominated their lives and the lives of everyone their age that they knew, yet there was not a single question that addressed their own experiences with the military or the events of that era.
The interviewer, Matt Lauer, should be demoted to the NBC affiliate in Podunk for his failure to ask how they addressed an undeclared war in their youth and what they would do today if the draft returned and women were subject to conscription the same as men? What was Donnie’s reason for beating the draft? THIS was perhaps the only opportunity to ask that before the election, and the interviewer blew it. As for equality, whether females should be required to register for the draft is up before Congress right now.
But the draft has been my pet peeve for decades; I’m still furious at Joe Biden, who presided over the the Clarence Thomas hearings, because he never asked Thomas how he beat the draft and instead focused on pubic hairs on a Coke can. I’ve been pissed at Biden ever since as he blew the one chance to get a Supreme Court nominee to testify as to how he beat the draft in the Vietnam era. (The plot of my new novel, Luck of the Draw, hinges on the roll of the dice that was the draft).
But the main thing I took away from watching is that Hillary has been around the block and knows what’s what, whereas Trump is a chickenhawk who dodged the draft and likes to pound his chest like he’s Tarzan in the hope that he can summon the elephant herd to trample the cannibals. And he certainly does LOVE Putin. And Putin sure as hell loves him.
As for the headline: Is Trump in Putin’s Pocket?, I think Donnie answered that himself when he praised Putin like he was some kind of Russian Ronald Reagan.
Look out America. The Trumpies are coming! The Trumpies are coming!
That’s it for now.