CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 4, 2016 — The 2016 presidential campaign has become a political wrestling match.
As the candidates desperately seek to find the perfect “black and white” issue to bolster their voting base, the election has morphed into an elaborate version of “fifty shades of gray.” Nothing is as it seems.
The recent, trumped-up Khizr “Khan-troversy” is a perfect example.
For the past week the mainstream media have been unmercifully pounding the Khan story into the minds of ignorant voters.
Khan lost a son in combat. That is a terrible thing.
Khan is also a Muslim. In this particular case, that should be irrelevant.
The Khans are not the only family to suffer the ultimate sacrifice, the loss of a child in combat. It has happened thousands of times both before and since 9/11. Are Mr. and Mrs. Khan somehow special because their religion is Islam?
What does make them special is that they willingly allowed themselves to be manipulated by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to create a false impression and a false narrative in order to gather votes.
Khan’s son should be honored and remembered for his sacrifice, as should the thousands of others who died or who return from service wounded or traumatized.
However, it was disingenuous and disrespectful for Clinton to manipulate Khan as part of a campaign. It was also disingenuous and disrespectful for Khan to turn on Donald Trump.
His question to Donald Trump about how much he had personally sacrificed was not only irrelevant, but also ridiculous.
Khan seemed unconcerned about how much Hillary Clinton sacrificed, and the main stream media also failed to her, or President Obama, that question.
The sad thing is that Khan’s son understood sacrifice. He also was not playing a political puppet when he volunteered or when he sacrificed for America.
This is only the most recent sideshow of the absurd.
The hypocrisy, lies and BS continue. With each passing day there will be a new crisis that unfolds en route to the voting booths that lead to the White House.
Where is P.T. Barnum when you really need him?
The Battle Royal has finished. The undercard is over. The main event has begun and it is not pretty.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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