Editorial Article by Jim Lantern, Lantern Timeglass Journal
Monday 1 August 2016
#sacrifice – Twitter hashtag. Some of the controversy is commented on there.
A few articles about this issue from news sources…
- Here, Mr. Trump, this is what sacrifice looks like Baltimore Sun (blog)-Aug 1, 2016 – Here you go, Mr. Trump: Here’s what “sacrifice” looks like. …. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” Khizr Khan said of Trump during his …
- Donald Trump Insults Vets By Claiming He Sacrifices As Much As … PoliticusUSA–Jul 30, 2016 – Trump responded Army father Khizr Khan, who lost his son in combat, saying that he had sacrificed nothing for his country by equating his …
- Trump responds to Khizr Khan with insults. Republican Party, this is … Daily Kos–Jul 30, 2016 – This is patriotism, and sacrifice, that Donald Trump will never know … Again Khizr Khan has called upon Republicans Mitch McConnell and …
Simple definition of sacrifice by Merriam-Webster –
: the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone
: an act of killing a person or animal in a religious ceremony as an offering to please a god
: a person or animal that is killed in a sacrifice
Trump might believe he makes sacrifices, but it would be to give up a small thing for a larger thing – meaning, his sacrifices are for personal gain only. True sacrifices do not intentionally result in personal gain – however, there can be various kinds of rewards for making personal sacrifices to help others.
I might have something planned for an afternoon that is important to me. Instead, I use the time to help someone else, without any expected compensation. Not just trading favor for favor. That is one kind of sacrifice. Such as doing charity work.
King James Bible – John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” That is true in war, and in other kinds of situations.
Different, more or less, when that act is for a stranger. Someone you don’t know is about to be hit by a car. You shove them out of the way, resulting in you being hit instead.
Or more along the lines of the current controversy, for a soldier to lay down his life for his (or her) country. General Patton would partly disagree with that, (confirmed original quote) having said, “No dumb bastard ever won a war by going out and dying for his country. He won it by making some other dumb bastard die for his country.” How can those words be applied to the new kind of conflict – new kind of war – being confronted with today? The enemy is willing to die for his cause, and does so, such as terrorist suicide bombers. Japan did some of that during World War II – Kamikaze [kamikaꜜze] “divine wind” or “spirit wind” – officially Tokubetsu Kōgekitai “Special Attack Unit” abbreviated as Tokkō Tai, and used as a verb as Tokkō “special attack” – were suicide attacks by military aviators from the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels. They sacrificed their lives for their cause. Many who do so believe they will be rewarded in heaven for that particular kind of sacrifice, and they do not consider it to be suicide – the cowards way out for which there would be no reward in heaven. Therefore, religion fans the flames for that kind of sacrifice. Difficult, if not impossible, to convince such believers that such sacrifice will not be rewarded in the life after this life, if the sacrifice is for an evil cause and results in loss of innocent lives.
During this Election 2016, there has been another kind of sacrifice. The Bernie Sanders sacrifice for Hillary Clinton, for example. Likewise, the candidates who bit the dust – unwilling sacrifices – resulting in Donald Trump being the survivor. Sometimes the villain is the victor. Polls indicate most Americans are opposed to Trump, including members of the Republican Party he is the candidate for. So some sacrifices are unwilling – especially if you are the one being sacrificed. Question: “How did he die?” Answer: “Unwillingly.”
I’ll do a separate posting about this, and am adding it to this article and in a Comment… There is also the NFL vs. Presidential Debates schedule controversy issue. Is Trump unwilling to sacrifice 2 nights of Monday Night Football to participate in debates? Likely he would rather be enjoying a good football game – attending or watching on TV. On one hand, he is a devout football fan. On the other, he does care about winning Election 2016. The apparent real issue involves ratings. Will more viewers watch football or the debates? Will football take away viewers who might have watched the debates? So there’s another kind of sacrifice, on the part of some viewers. There is also the fact that these debates will be managed more professionally than the past primary debates, which fanned the flames of personal differences rather than totally focusing on issues. That will not likely be allowed to happen at the coming debates, which will focus on the major issues, managed like a real debate instead of like the previous farces. It was grossly unprofessional for Megyn Kelly to begin the first debate with a personal attack on Trump instead of presenting a major issue for the candidates to actually debate. Trump took the bate and has been chewing on such controversy ever since then, although at times making good speeches about some major issues. He obviously does not fear such personal conflicts, and appears to thrive on them – boosting his ratings in polls. I do wonder if he fears a real debate focusing on the major issues, if he can handle those subjects without going into personal attacks. Clinton has the advantage of direct experience with some of those issues in government and the political realm, so it is reasonable to debate her record. How he performs against Clinton at the First Presidential Debate on Monday 26 September 2016 could help to decide the election on 8 November 2016. I will not vote for Clinton. Trump’s behavior indicates he is not the kind of businessman I wanted to vote into the White House in place of traditional politicians, so at his time he has lost my vote. That leaves only Johnson as the least of three evils, and I do not agree with him on all issues. I do hope he gets the 15% polling requirement to get into the debates so that his position on the major issues can be presented and clarified for added contrast between Clinton and Trump.