In late April I arrived at my local VA hospital for appointments and headed through the lobby towards the men's room when I suddenly came face to face with the framed official photograph of our new Commander In Chief. I stared at it dumbfounded by the incredibly mean glowering pose on his face. "What the hell?" I thought. I could just imagine elementary school children running away from it screaming, "Bad man, bad man!" Pictures of him smiling are even more frightening.
As I write this today, on 'Day 100,' much of the news media are mocking his spectacular failure to have accomplished much in his first quarter. They are wrong. In his first hundred days, he has unsystematically destroyed much of America's progress of the past 100 years!
Lets start with something easy, like the environment. In the last week of April he proudly signed an Executive Order selling America's National Parks to the highest bidder in order to turn them into filthy industrial zone mining operations spewing poisonous toxic waste into pristine rivers and lakes. How he must hate America!
Now, onward to the latest scandal: Appointing a homophobic pea brain to be Secretary of the Army. The previous secretary, appointed by President Obama, was a brilliantly qualified openly gay man who had previously served as deputy or assistant secretary and acting secretary of several services. It was an intentional act of pure evil for the new President to appoint a notorious and totally unqualified homophobe. This is not a matter excusable as being obliviously tone-deaf. It is a matter of blatant lying in falsely promising to protect LGBT Rights during his campaign for president. This appointment of a hard core homophobe who has introduced legislation to legalize prejudice in the name of God, is nothing less than hateful. This is a man who has led the movement to pervert America religion and politics for the purpose of hatemongering. Those of us who 'served in silence' and those who have recently 'served in Pride,' fought for our Right, our Honor, and our Duty to serve our nation. Now, all of that has been flushed down the toilet by this Commander In Chief who appointed the worst person possible to lead our troops. What's next? There is Congressional chatter about privatizing the VA and or charging veterans for what we earned serving our country. We must be silent no more!
UPDATE, MAY 5th: The above nominee for Secretary of the Army has withdrawn his name from consideration by Congress for this position. Our protests work.