When former vice presidential candidate and tea party queen Sarah Palin makes the “lame-stream” media headlines, expecting the unexpected is almost a given. Famously known for her nonsensical word salad diatribes, she didn’t disappoint when her endorsement for Republican front-runner Donald Trump recently hit the airwaves.
Even The Donald looked a little uncomfortable when the former Alaskan governor made heavy implications regarding her son Track’s combat-related PTSD while serving in Iraq, and that President Obama’s disrespect for the troops somehow triggered Track’s behavior when he beat his girlfriend in a drunken fit of rage.
“My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened. They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country, and that starts from the top. It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question if they’re respected anymore. … The question, though, that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?’”
On the contrary, it’s not quite clear whether or not Track Palin engaged in combat on the front lines. Track’s discharge papers surfaced on Twitter, and there’s no documentation showing an infantry badge or any other combat decorations, which seems just a tad suspect. Ever since Sarah Palin made these ridiculous claims defending her son’s criminal actions while putting the blame on the president, OccupyDemocratshave been receiving some opinions on the matter from combat veterans. Jonathan Shea commented:
“What I (and other combat vets) don’t get is that he spent a year there, was infantry, in a Stryker brigade, and he received ZERO combat decorations? Discussions were about how he was a candidate’s son and nobody wanted anything to happen to him.”
“That Track Palin kid. They probably gave him special treatment because of who his mother is.”
Jason Kirell made two comments on Twitter while looking at both sides of the coin. (@JayKirell) …all I’ll say in fairness to him is that his mother claimed he was a combat vet, not him. (@JayKirell) Speaking as a combat vet who literally slept in the same barracks as Track Palin, his mother is wrong and her son is not a victim. Connecting the dots on Sarah Palin’s implied accusations become a little easier to see in terms of her intent.
Masking the truth concerning the matters at hand seem to be teeming with nepotism and deflection, as her 2008 VP campaign apparently kept her son out of harm’s way, and blaming the president for the beating of his girlfriend is clearly beyond reproach. It’s also important to point out that Sarah Palin’s so-called speech involved taking cheap shots at the president and endorsing a candidate who dodged the draft himself. The mud gets even thicker when Donald Trump downplayed the notion that Palin’s former running mate, John McCain, even qualified as a war hero. All in all, the former governor of Alaska is one of the primary reasons why the Republican Party is making a mockery of the American political system. Perhaps if she crawled back under the rock from where she came, political progress in this country may stand a chance after all.