By Diane Thomas-Rupert, Stevensville
We all know he said it. We have heard him say loser about John McCain, various generals and others who have served in the military, so please don’t deny it.
We all have relatives, friends, colleagues, neighbors and etc. that have served in the military and we respect their service. You may have been on an airplane where a man or woman in uniform has been moved up to 1st class as a thank you and everyone on the plane stood up to show their appreciation. When the passengers stood up to thank that young man or woman, I am pretty sure not one of those passengers was thinking that person in uniform was a loser or a sucker, NOT one!
My father, a veteran who was wounded in action, was NOT a sucker or a loser. My high school and college classmates and many friends who served were not suckers or losers. They became nuclear engineers, teachers, doctors, writers, attorneys, ranchers, preachers, milk truck drivers and are represented in just about any other job or profession you can imagine. The neighbor boy who watched over me as a child and whose name was on my copper bracelet and my brother-in-law, they gave their lives so we could live in a democracy; he said they were Losers and Suckers!
So what happened? How did we get to this place? He did it, he created this atmosphere of hate, cruelty and divisiveness. Oh, yes, he created it but we can do something about it. We can vote. We can vote him out of office; the USA belongs to us, not him. If we don’t vote him out, do we then become the suckers? Think carefully about that as you mark your ballot. Please vote no matter how much he tries to suppress your vote by frightening you into not doing what my neighbor boy and my brother-in-law died for.