by CAPT. SETH KESHEL
Veterans love President Trump.
Sure, you knew a guy that was in once upon a time who sits around on Facebook and trolls the right and makes fun of President Trump like it’s his job (it might be). We all have known people whose minds are depraved and ideologically blind on account of the mental junk food they have been force-fed through the school system, in corporate America, or in arts and culture, and of course, in the mainstream media.
But by and large, I would surmise that no President in the history of the United States has appealed to men and women in uniform, especially military veterans (combat and non-combat veterans alike), quite like Donald Trump has. I have bumped into more veterans than I can count over the past several years that are not typical Republican voters (minorities, non-Christians, and others) that revealed in conversation their appreciation for our 45th President. If you are new to this journal, you are reading the words of a post 9/11 veteran whose view is checkered by the creeping bureaucracy associated with the officer rank structure, and who developed a mindset of tactical impatience while watching opportunities for operational success crash and burn at the hands of mentalities like “this is the way we’ve always done it!”
Perhaps most fascinating about my assertion is that Trump himself is not a veteran. His personal involvement in the realm of military prior to becoming commander-in-chief of the United States was limited to five years as a cadet at New York Military Academy. In this space, I will outline why veterans love Trump.
I. He’s Not About “Make America Average Again”
Veterans are used to being promoted on a generic timeline, no matter how strong their performances may be relative to peers. Some of the most legendary warriors in American history have attained high rank at a very young age, like Washington or Patton. These days, so as not to confuse the bureaucrats up the chain and keep the peace, the best captains remain captains for no less than six years in almost all cases, increasing frustration and driving them to the more rewarding civilian business world, where their leadership skills are free to flourish with seemingly no limit to promotion potential. The sharpest enlisted soldiers, who shine in physical fitness and proficiency tests, and know doctrine inside and out, who have immaculate uniforms, feel the same way when they see their wayward peers retiring at the same rank because the “yes men” at the top will never retire and make way for new blood.
“Make America Great Again” doesn’t imply “Survive and Get By” like a half-assed “Build Back Better” campaign slogan does. Trump’s America isn’t about survival, but rather the return to principles that made our country the envy of the world, one worth crossing oceans, mountains, rivers, deserts, and cartels for (please note, I do not condone illegal immigration or consider it an “act of love” – I refer to all types who have abandoned known lives for unknown ones in a new country, America).
II. They Hate Politicians
You may be asking, “who is a politician in uniform?” The biggest disaffirmation for “the military is in control” theory is to ask a veteran about the top of the rank structure. NCOs reaching the grade of E-7 reach a new boundary line. Their future promotion potential hinges on their ability to go along and get along, with few independent thinkers and problem solvers able to make E-8 (because they rocked too many boats in grade E-7), and certainly not E-9, which is the highest grade an enlisted soldier can reach.
Officers become much more politically correct and indoctrinated beyond the grade of O-3 (Captain in most branches), when they become “field grade” officers (pay grades O-4 to O-6). Promotion to O-7 (Brigadier General in most branches) is highly politicized and requires Senate confirmation, as does every promotion beyond it. The best commander I ever served under was tailor-made to be a general officer, with an innate ability to inspire all ranks with his warmth and personal demeanor, while never losing an ounce of respect. I interviewed him for my leadership class while pursuing my MBA and told him I was surprised he retired as a Colonel (O-6). The Colonel replied, “they purposely chose more women and people of color for promotion to Brigadier General in my selection year than at any other time in history.”
The truth is, that Colonel was a real leader. His soldiers and officers loved to serve under him and trusted his judgment. He always wanted to be in the real combat, even as a senior officer married to another senior officer, who could have long since been collecting a huge pension and sitting around his ranch in peace, but there he was, looking to take the fight to the enemy. He was the kind of would-be General the politicos in this country seek to keep away from such influence, and with it, the ability to transform the spirit of the military, which languishes and to this day fails to attract fit, able-bodied men and women as the nation declines alongside its services.
Soldiers hate these political leaders – enlisted or officer, it matters not. The cherry-picking of “yes men” generals and admirals has a direct impact on the social decline of our military and its strategic vision. Soldiers want to serve under leaders who exercise moral authority, which is different from the legal authority mere rank provides. Moral authority comes from shared hardship, honest communication, and loyalty inspired during hazardous times spent together, not from poll-testing every decision that may piss off somone up the chain and thereby jeopardize a safe climb up the rank ladder.
Trump has pissed off everyone in the political world, regardless of party, with great success. So much so, in fact, that many of his traitorous key advisors from one or both of his presidential campaigns to this point have openly turned against him. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and the rest of the eunuchs at the Republican establishment pull out every Wile E. Coyote trick in the book needed to trip up President Trump, and always fail to do anything but make his star shine brighter.
III. Pragmatism Trumps Orthodoxy
If you’ve ever heard the phrase “hurry up and wait,” you might be an American military veteran.
“We need all you guys to line up and get your tetanus shot!” usually results in a line of 400 people standing up against a wall, wrapped around multiple hallways and stairwells. In a functioning leadership system, authority would be properly delegated down to maximize time and efficiency, with little waiting time for such a task.
The same can be said of a unit that has recently returned from a deployment, which certainly suffered many casualties on the home front during that period. Examples are divorce, abandonment, or just simply missing a year of your kids’ lives. Many leaders, fearing reprisal, hold the entire unit until the arbitrary time of 1700 hours on a given duty day, when the flag comes down. As a result, the PTSD intensifies, strain grows, and a mental and spiritual breakdown becomes increasingly likely, especially when the next lengthy period away from home commences. Soldiers complain about being held around with nothing to do as training to time, not to standard.
Real leaders are the ones who act more like Captain Winters than they do Captain Sobel, the rigid disciplinarian from the 101st Airborne portrayed in Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. There is indeed a time and need for discipline, but there is also a time and operational need to reward over-achievers with freedom to sink or swim instead of forcing them to show up for PT when temperatures hover below zero and pile up sleeplessness and fatigue instead of muscle mass.
President Trump, for lack of better words, doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the way things have always been done. That’s why when he saw a third-world invasion of our country, he called for a medieval solution, a wall. That’s it. Not drones, not sensors, not special technology that can sniff out dust clouds created in the desert brush. A damn wall, the same thing Nehemiah built two-and-a-half millennia ago. That is not a conservative solution, mind you. It is a pragmatic one that considers what is at stake, the risk of failure, and the quickest way to turn the tide in one’s own favor.
You say I can’t blow this Iranian general straight to hell when he’s standing there at the Baghdad Airport? OK, thanks for the input – now take him out. That’s leadership. That is the opposite of a battalion commander having to go two levels up to give his Apache crews permission to return fire in support of direct action, which I have seen with my own two eyes, ten feet in front of where I stood.
Veterans want solutions and success, in the shortest timeframe possible. Not conservativism, not liberalism. Those are the things that belong in textbooks and the fairy-tale halls of our academic ivory towers of indoctrination. To delay and polish up something to make it more digestible in a combat zone leads to needless death and destruction. A pragmatist, rather than an ideologue, knows this instinctively.
IV. Trump is One of Us
Not a veteran by definition, but certainly one of us. Veterans are a unique crew, a mix of self-reflection, aggression, meekness, and, at the proper time, ferocity. Unfortunately, the strain caused by military living causes a disproportionate number of veterans to suffer from a variety of emotional and mental suffering, including serious post-traumatic stress disorder. My father dealt with his mental and emotional wounds from serving in Vietnam as an infantry officer by becoming a heavy drinker.
I’m no veteran but I am familiar with how people doing the work have a low regard for those who posture and politic to advance in lieu of getting ahead through performance. It’s clear veterans and active military alike have high regard for Trump, especially in view of the comparison between him and the past Democrats that only show hatred and disregard for the military, active and veteran alike, and especially the fallen.
After my first tour in Iraq, I vowed to never vote for another dem as long as I lived. They sided with the enemy. Period. At that time, they were cheerleaders for Putin because he criticized our military action. How times have changed and how history is conveniently forgotten. Now they want to get us into war over Ukraine. If we ever started taking casualties over there, they’ would backstab those troops as well as soon as it would become politically convenient to do so and then pretend it was someone else’s fault for sending them there. The article was spot on about the politics in the military. The days of warrior leaders like Washington, Andrew Jackson, Grant, Sherman, Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Pershing, Patton, LeMay, Bradley, Ridgway, and Schwarzkopf are over with. None of them would have lasted in today’s military. The generals of today are woke suckasses. Patton would have slapped all of them.
The GOP raised the debt ceiling 3 times under Trump.
The GOP raised the debt ceiling 7 times under G. W. Bush.
The GOP raised the debt ceiling 18 times under Reagan.
Now they’re refusing to pay for their tax cuts for the ultra-rich so they can try to cut veterans’ health care benefits.
The richest three families in the United States are now worth more than the entire lower 50 percent of the US population.
Trump was pro-military, pro-veteran, pro-black, and pro-manufacturing. He furthered all these areas for all Americans.
The illegal Biden regime struggles to paint over Trump achievements. with propaganda, but like cheap wall paper…it’s coming off before they’ve even finished.
“Rich vs poor,” “black vs white,” “Christian vs woke”,
Right out of Mao’s little red book.
But it’s not working this time, is it greg?
Troops under Biden are hungry
The U.S. Army is recommending food stamps, also known as SNAP, as a way for soldiers to combat inflation.
Most Americans of working age who receive food stamps work. They’re eligible because their wages are too low to support themselves and their families. Basically, American taxpayers are subsidizing the employers who don’t pay living wages.
No wonder. Look at inflation that Biden is supposedly fighting. The index, which the Federal Reserve closely monitors, showed that prices rose 0.4% from March to April. That was much higher than the 0.1% rise the previous month.
Inflation Reduction Act not available for comment.
Get a clue.
Because Democrats destroy good paying jobs and replace them with poor paying jobs that have illegal immigrants competing for. Democrats bring ruin.
Our countrys defenders cant afford food for their families, and the WEF wants to shut down farms, are you retarded that you cant see WTF is going on? Central control of everything Smart meters, smart phones, cashless society, you think agenda 2030 is grand and you rail against the foundations for it. Rationing of everything, eat bugs stuff.
Home economics used to teach how to preserve food, sew, and balance a budget. Kids today learn nothing come out of school totally ignorant unable to read or do simple math.
Home schooling leaves public taught kids in the dust.
They are not sexually confused activists.
$13,187 per pupil during the 2019 fiscal year we are not getting value for the dollar.
College is a total scam.
This is you you ignorant fool
It works on people who understand they’re being screwed over by a system that’s been rigged by the richest for the richest, which will soon render millions of Americans workers at all levels useless as it breaks their social safety net. Those not replaced by outsourcing will be made unnecessary by intelligent machines. It’s only a handful of years away, but most people are clueless. There will be nothing human workers do that AI controlled robots will not do cheaper and better. That’s the current trajectory we’re on, and the process is rapidly accelerating.
Yeah we see how the system is rigged for the rich.
Under Democrats, the system is rigged for the criminals.
Yet you keep voting for this garbage.
Yes we know what Wilson did and the Federal reserve and IRS should be abolished, the Government which is so bloated no one knows the actual number of agencies departments and NGO blood sucking ticks we feed on the fruits of our labor.
You go off on AI with the same fear mongering as when welding and painting robots came on the scene…WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE!
Poor Hunter Biden cant pay his child support arrives for court in a private plane , thats your twisted thinking.
We need to strip the rich of their wealth for those to lazy to work. Those evil corporations that hire thousands willing to work and pay taxes strip them of money they could expand with and hire more, get em! Make them hire people that are not qualified to fill a quota, and they should get paid as much as the people that worked and built the business same wages no thought for experience and productivity.
Math, reading and stem skills less important that shoving the sick homo agenda.
OMG climate change, while they spray the skys with toxins and FU the weather. Sure dim the sun and push solar power.
Don’t worry, “Artificial Competence” Kamala is in charge of making sure AI doesn’t get out of control. We need higher taxes so we can have more hiking trails named after Michelle, more bridges to look at birds from and all genders of crash test dummies. It’s important.
Yes as border czar she succeeded glowingly, were the free no limit smart phones her idea?
Naw just recycled from Barry
How many times are you going to repeat the commie Bernies lines? The dude with multiple houses and a “book” deal?
Only a millionaire after conceding to killary.
GOP has passed a bill that raises the debt ceiling. What have Democrats passed? Try to keep up.
So where’s Biden?
The debt is now $31 trillion. It is growing unmanageable. Democrats just keep spending, wasting and stealing. They must be stopped. Democrats are thieves and traitors.
02/10/23 – How Biden Got Republicans To Run Away From Their History of Pushing Social Security and Medicare Cuts
All he had to do was mention the truth in public. But they’re still scheming behind the scenes. If republicans were honest about their true intentions, they would never win another election.
Democrats steal from Social Security and drove Medicare into bankruptcy. All idiot Biden go was bribed.