The ship has weather’d every rack,
the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear,
the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel,
the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up–for you the flag is flung–for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths–for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
The arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass”, Philadelphia: David McKay, 1891-92
By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor
The sheer arrogance. The absolute lack of empathy. The stupid response. The sadness of America for having voted for a person who would be better in an assisted living home than loose on the streets.
Who? Trump. I just listened to his idiotic and completely moronic response to the mother and father, Ghazala Khan and Khizr Khanf, who spoke at Hillary’s nomination talking about the son they lost in the Bush war. Their son was killed, the father took the idiot (even worse than the Village Idiot) to task and stated the head of the Republicans had “not sacrificed”.
The one with his buddy on his head, a dead orange rat, stated that he “sacrificed”. He f*$&ing “sacrificed” by hiring a thousand workers. Jesus Alou (hay-sus ah-lou). The guy has no idea of the world. Or of what “sacrifice” means. He “hired” (which I decline to believe) a thousand people and for that he “sacrificed”. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
At what point do the blue collar supporters realize that hiring a thousand workers to build a tower (which will be bankrupt as soon as it is built) counts as much as going into a combat zone and being killed. Or at least that is what the idiot (I’m sorry, he could be suffering mental disease and should not be called an idiot) is telling the media. He sacrificed by hiring workers is his sworn statement.
His sacrifice by hiring laborers is the same as a mother’s loss of her son fighting for the United States? At what point will his supporters see he is a carny barker? When will his dismissal of their children’s sacrifices in the military mean something to them? It had better be pretty soon.
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
It might have the statement “obey the orders of the President. . .” That means legal orders. Not torturing. Illegal orders from any officer, non-com or other military or civilian authority are not obeyed.
Notice it says “. . .defend. . .” Yup that means defend as in to the death. Just like the son did.
That the fool says he “sacrificed” is to make me barf. And, I hope any and all veteran do the same.
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