ELDER PATRIOT – Donald Trump has proven adept at using words to provoke an irate response from the person they were aimed at only to have the offended party’s response expose them as politically correct or reactionary. This may be the secret of his popularity as his supporters are frustrated with establishment politicians and the mainstream media that too often carries the water for those politicians and they are now enjoying Trump’s thumb in their eye manner when discussing them.
Trump’s recent questioning of Jeb Bush’s declaration that “we were safe with my brother” goes beyond this.
Trump correctly noted that, “…the World Trade Center just went down. Now, am I trying to blame him? I’m not blaming anybody, but the World Trade Center came down, so when he said we were safe, we were not safe. We lost 3,000 people. It was one of the greatest – probably the greatest catastrophe ever in this country.”
Whether this statement was meant to re-orient the way Americans view the acts of 9/11, or not, they do re-ignite some burning questions about the events of that day and of the immediate aftermath as well as much of hat has unfolded over the past 14 years. Also of importance, it shatters the Left-Right argument that allows an either or acceptance of the events of that day.
Trump has built many skyscrapers and is familiar with their structures and the forces they are designed to absorb. Does Mr. Trump know more about how the towers came down so completely and in their own footprints than the official story has told us?
Is Mr. Trump reminding us that the only people whose rights have been curtailed has been those of American citizens while we watch the death toll mount for our brave young warriors who continue to die while protecting the rights of Middle Easterners who either cheered the events of 9/11 or remained silent in their approval?
Perhaps Mr. Trump is questioning just how Clinton and Bush actually kept us safe when the Daily Threat Assessments (DTA) that both presidents received every morning had warned of impending attacks using commercial airliners. Or, where our fighter jets were that morning once the first phase of attacks had commenced?
Jeb Bush has responded to Trump’s statement with standard establishment psycho babble, “Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trumps talks about things as though he’s still on ‘The Apprentice.’ My brother responded to a crisis, and he did as you would hope a president would do. He united the country, he organized our country and he kept us safe.
It’s important to note that Jeb Bush’s defense is founded on the premise that the attacks of 9/11 were inevitable. Only then might his brother’s reactions be rationalized as appropriate.
For those less trusting of our government, uniting and organizing us to accept the Patriot Act, the expansion of the Patriot Act and later the National Defense Authorization Act, all legislation that resulted ostensibly to keep us safe but that also violates virtually every aspect of our Bill of Rights, calls into question whether our government was eager to absorb the carnage of the attacks in order to have us willingly change our relationship with our governments to one where we now answer to them instead of the other way around.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Bush present an entirely polar opposite view of how 9/11 may have been prevented and how we should have reacted after the fact. Hopefully the people are listening.