Americans Are Fed Up With This Garbage

May 31, 2016 |

It’s always a good idea to “go to the tape” and see what someone actually said before letting the Selective Outrage Machine fire up your emotions. Latest case in point: the attempt to stir up fury over Donald Trump telling a Washington, DC, crowd on Sunday that “this is our day and we have to be very proud of it.” That sparked the usual Twitter mobs, spewing accusations in every direction, from Trump not knowing what Memorial Day is to him trying to claim the holiday is about himself. You can see more of their attacks and get the full story at the link below.

I guess none of these self-appointed experts on Memorial Day realized that it’s not on Sunday, it’s on Monday. Trump was speaking at the Rolling Thunder Run, an annual gathering of bikers to call attention to POWs and MIAs that falls on Memorial Day Weekend. I’d say that Trump was justified in calling that “our day,” seeing as they organize it every year, and Trump was an invited participant. But even if he actually had been speaking on Memorial Day and called it “our day,” how would that be outrageous? Of course, it’s a day for fallen US veterans, but it’s also “our day” in the sense that it’s our US federal holiday for honoring them, as opposed to South Korea’s Memorial Day (June 6) or Newfoundland and Labrador’s Memorial Day (July 1).

No wonder so many Americans are fed up with politics when that now provides an excuse to rip people apart on the flimsiest of pretexts. Instead of using social media to attack a political opponent over a vague pronoun, all those people instead could have joined in to echo the nonpartisan message of Rolling Thunder: to remember American POWs and MIAs. Then Sunday really would have been “our day,” as in “all of ours.”

See for yourself.

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  • Rick Rogers

    07/08/2016 02:29 AM

    Mike: I joined your prayer group; I am a pastor and a Vietnam Vet; I have written a poem about the shootings in Dallas. I want you to have a copy; In fact I would like to send you all of my poems; they deal with all of the great doctrines in the Bible. How do I get a copy to you. I praise the Lord for Men like you.

  • Ron Celano

    06/18/2016 02:54 PM

    Although Americans understand what most of the issues are that face the country, they don't have a clear understanding of what the costs are. That is, in terms of money out of their pockets and how it affects choices that they make on a daily basis. Obviously the candidates don't do a good job of explaining the costs and don't dare talk about loosing freedom of choices. This concern prompted me to write a book on the subject. is called "Choices." It describes the issues, talks about the monetary costs and how they affect choices that Americans need to make on a daily basis. It also describes how many of those choices are either becoming limited or are being taken away. Being number 2 in the world in ignorance is a shameful commentary. Hopefully, my new book will alleviate some of it.

  • Charlotte Blair

    06/04/2016 10:54 AM

    Bravo, Bravo, Love Your Wisdom!

  • angela balken

    06/01/2016 10:16 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I have been following you since 2008 and enjoy your commentary.
    Thank you for being the stand up guy you are and glad to hear of your support for Donald Trump.
    You are a rare bird (christian and politician).Maybe there is still hope for Washington.

  • Mary Lehman

    06/01/2016 03:32 PM

    So appreciate you, Governor! You more than most consistently pull me back from what seems like the Twilight Zone.

  • Mike Inks

    05/31/2016 06:20 PM

    Extremely disappointing to see you leading countless numbers of unsuspecting Christians to follow Donald Trump, when your actions and Trump's are clearly not inline with Biblical teaching. Open your eyes Mike.

  • David L Moore

    05/31/2016 12:41 PM

    Thank you Mike and please keep up the good work

  • Susan Fried

    05/31/2016 12:06 PM

    Well put, Mike.

  • Mary steffen

    05/31/2016 11:32 AM

    I am with Mike and we dropped the ball during the Viet Nan and I am tired of our Veterans being left out.

  • Steven Haggerty

    05/31/2016 11:25 AM

    As usual Mike your right on the money, I really hope your involved with the Trump administration. Need your common sense and patriotic voice!