Trump and sacrifice
I wish to express to the Khan family my family’s deepest sympathy for the loss of your son.
The pain is real and never goes away, but you are not alone.
I was just 5 in 1943 when news reached us of the death of our oldest brother, Staff Sgt. Joe Perkins, and of his crewmates, all dead aboard a B-17 bomber. Joe was just 20.
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There are press clippings from February 1943 in the Star-Telegram, the old Fort Worth Press and the last chapter in the Stephen Neal Manning book Texans Touched by World War II, “We’d never seen our parents cry.”
Can you imagine the lack of compassion, the total inability to see another’s pain, of a President Trump?
Can you imagine what this would say about us as a nation and as a civilized society?
Of all of Donald Trump’s thoughtless words, these have to personally be the most hurtful and hateful.
And, no, Mr. Trump, your going to work to make more money is not the same, not in a million years the same, as the sacrifice our Gold Star families have been forced to endure.
I don’t see in my conservative friends and family this lack of feelings for others shown by the Republican nominee.
This disrespect by Trump for Gold Star families, all of them, not just American Muslims, is not there in the Republican Party.
Can we not do better?
How pathetic is it that local U.S. Reps. Kay Granger and Kenny Marchant can’t find the voice to denounce the demagogue Donald Trump after his disgraceful treatment of Gold Star parents.
Is there no moral fiber left in politicians to challenge Trump’s bombastic behavior? Why don’t Granger and Marchant speak out for decency because it’s right?
Especially disturbing is Granger’s silence, since she brings billions of defense dollars into the local area by courting the same current and former military members that Trump sullies.
As for Marchant, his stillness, although equally pitiful, is somewhat expected since the last wave he made was probably at the Galveston beach.
Does anyone wonder why lifelong Republicans like me are jettisoning the party, not only because of Trump, but because politicians such as Granger and Marchant lack the will to stand up for fairness and decency, anathema to Washington politicians?
William S. Taylor,
U.S. Army colonel (retired),
When I feel that Donald Trump has hit bottom, he keeps going lower.
Gold Star mothers are special. They have given the supreme sacrifice.
Think about this quote: “For those who fight for life, life has a special flavor the protected shall never know.”
Keep our combat brothers out of your vocabulary, Mr. Trump!
Joe Rodriguez, Arlington