Here is yet again an example of a poorly thought out meme created by angry and scared people. This one comes from the opposite side of the spectrum as those I posted earlier: Sadness of the blind and Stupid agenda laden memes. This one was created by liberals to scare people away from the current republican front-runner Donald Trump. One of the central tenets of this meme is that he has not allocated all the six million dollars that he raised for the benefit of the veterans programs he named as beneficiaries. Out of curiosity, I decided to research the validity of this claim.
In my search, I came up with information that almost half of the money was paid out within a month of gaining the funds and that allocation was on going. While, yes, there seem to be some irregularities, very few such programs are good about getting the contributed funds to the people who need them quickly. Some of the press coverage was, I felt, a little too accusatory without solid proof. Also, given some comments to this meme I read , President Clinton and Senator Clinton have had similar issues with fundraising for charity. Basically, I feel people were too quick in pointing fingers. More time should be allowed for proof of the allocation of funds.
That being said, my opinion is that followers of either Donald Trump of Senator Clinton should be very distrustful of their candidates. Both have had very checkered pasts when dealing with donated funds and tax evasions. Donald Trump in particular has not proven to be the financial wizard he claims to be given multiple bankruptcies at the cost of the tax payers. In addition, he has shown a willingness to lend the strength of his name brand and support to any project that will give him money, whether the project has sound or legal footing. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has been willing to go with the flow in order to maintain her career. Only denying the choices she made when they were politically damaging to her. Also, she, along with her husband, has a long track record of questionable business dealings. Also, her husband and her have had issues telling the truth about certain important issues, along with coasting on President Clinton’s track record, which is not as shiny as I thought it was.
In the end; however, my thoughts on this meme are as follows. One, do I believe that Trump is insincere about helping veterans? Yes. He has shown little concern for them until it became politically helpful to do so and given that he has said disparaging comments about veterans in the past, I am not convinced. Though, that does not excuse the poor craftsmanship of this meme. Two, by being overly confrontational, the creator has opened the way for unfavorable comparisons to the candidate they favor. Third, Trump’s claims of concern for veterans falls flat on my ears since he promises to put soldiers in harm’s way on day one of his presidency when he did everything in his youth to avoid the same fate.
Finally, neither Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton are worthy of the Presidency. Both candidates have proven that they are far more willing to take the easy road in challenging situations because of convenience. They are more concerned with their images than what is good for the country. Just look at Senator Clinton’s track record during the Bush Presidency and Trump’s business dealings. These will show you what to expect from them as President. Bones.