Just some thoughts:
“A weak and cowardly or unadventurous person.”
In watching a little but certainly not all of the television coverage of former President Bush’s funeral I was made to think of a magazine cover.
In 1987 when Bush was running for President Newsweek ran a story with the cover saying he would be fighting the “Wimp Factor.” In big bolt letters was the word “Wimp.” It was a clear implication of the cover story that the writer and the publication was saying Bush seriously lacked the inner fortitude to be a leader and especially the leader of the United States.
I remember seeing the article and thinking regardless of politics how could anyone make such an evaluation. Here was a guy that at age eighteen, from privilege family, volunteered himself into the military. In less than two years he would fly over fifty missions (a weak or cowardly or unadventurous person) over enemy territory, later to be shot down and continued his service. Unadventurous person? Coward?
Ok before someone jumps my case I am equally politically fair here.
How about George McGovern. In 1972 McGovern ran on the Democrat ticket for president. In WW II McGovern flew thirty-five missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.
Personally I never understood why the media felt Ed Muskie (a lieutenant in WW II) was forced to withdraw from the Presidential race when in a speech he defended his wife from remarks that had previously been made. In doing so with some tears and emotions. Media once again labeled (cry baby) him not emotionally strong enough to hold such a position as President.
After nearly seventy-seven years of being here I’m a little tired of such labeling. In fact I’m tired of labeling period. All three of those men gave service to their country in what I think was some of the most difficult times.
Personally I can live without any issues with “wimps” and “cry babies.”
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January 26, 2019
Poste May 8, 2019