At one point in the movie, An Officer and a Gentleman, Gunnery Sgt. Foley (played by Louis Gossett, Jr.) yells at officer candidate Zack Mayo that “I want your DOR (Drop on Request).
Foley doesn’t get it and Mayo goes on to change his life, help others and find that the best thing in his life is Paula Pokrifki, played by Debra Winger.
The movie is about toughness, goal setting and raw determination. The contrast today is the Republican Speaker of the House and wimp Paul Ryan abandoning Donald Trump, because his sensibilities have been disturbed.
Ryan DOR’ed on October 10, the day after Trump destroyed Hillary Clinton in the second presidential debate.
There was no mention of the disgraceful action by President H.W. Bush’s nephew, Billy Bush, releasing the 11-year old video featuring Trump and himself.
Who in their right mind would hold on to the profane video for so long? Most honorable men would erase it a week after it was made, lest they embarrass their family.
Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University went further with “the hypocrisy and two-faced duplicity of the progressive left (which Speaker Ryan is participating with) concerning Donald Trump is frankly, embarrassingly dishonest, intellectually shallow and morally vacuous.”
Dr. Piper goes on to ask where is their outrage when Hollywood and the Washington Beltway mocked the prudishness of those like me who dare suggest a leaders private life is, indeed, our business and any politician who would use women privately, and then lie about it, should be held accountable.
Where was their outrage when Sports Illustrated decided to make women the object of recreation in its annual swimsuit edition? How did Fifty Shades of Grey sell a gazillion copies if women are so outraged? Where is their outrage when President Obama honored rappers at the White House who degrade women through their lyrics?
Dr. Piper concludes the hypocrisy is thick and the duplicity is shameful.
The Wall Street Journal reminds us that long before Trump, would-be leaders prompted foreboding.
The Journal begins with “rarely has reputable opinion in the United States been so united about the unfitness of the nominee.” Donald Trump has been called ignorant, crude, impulsive and narcissistic. His supporters, according to serial liar Hillary Clinton, are deplorable and irredeemable.
Many of our greatest presidents were also vilified and proved their “critics quite wrong.” If Thomas Jefferson were elected in 1800, an anti-Jefferson paper predicted that “murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest will be openly taught and practiced.”
Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, did not escape others’ wrath.
Thomas Jefferson in retirement told Daniel Webster, “I feel very much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson president. He is one of the most unfit men I know of for such a place. He has had very little respect for laws or the Constitution, he is a dangerous man.” President Jackson died on June 8, 1845. His reputation was so large by then that many scholars felt he might have actually prevented the American Civil War had he lived.
When Republicans in 1900 named Theodore Roosevelt to run alongside William McKinley, the Ohio political boss and McKinley mentor Mark Hanna warned darkly, “Don’t any of you realize that there’s only one life between that madman and the presidency?”
The WSJ also says that “when people weren’t jeering President Reagan’s aptitude for political office, they were often scared to death.” They mentioned the open microphone incident when the president would announce, “We will begin bombing in five minutes.” All in all, most people rank Reagan’s presidency as the most consequential since Franklin Roosevelt.
Yes, the American political establishment is alarmed by Donald Trump’s candor and following. They expected to see him destroyed in the second debate and step aside. It never happened. There is no DOR in Donald Trump as there is in so many of today’s politicians. Most Paul Ryan followers are Caspar Milquetoast, the weak cartoon character of the 1920s. And that is why they are so ineffective.