Former vice-presidential candidate and Tea Party ayatollah Sarah Palin made headlines with her return to the political realm when she announced her endorsement of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, promptly embarking on one of her trademark stream-of-consciousness rants next to her obviously uncomfortable patron. During this “speech,” she heavily implied that her son Track was suffering from combat-induced post-traumatic stress disorder from his deployment to Iraq, and that it was President Obama’s “disrespect” for the troops that somehow prompted him to beat his girlfriend in a drunken rage.
My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened. They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country, and that starts from the top. It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question if they’re respected anymore. … The question, though, that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?’ [sic]
However, it isn’t clear that Track Palin ever saw combat. Twitter has unearthed Track Palin’s discharge papers, which are lacking a combat infantry badge – and in fact are absent of any combat decorations, which raises some questions about how one could be deployed with a unit known as the Arctic Wolves and never see a firefight. Since the day Sarah Palin had the audacity to pretend her son had PTSD in order to blame President Obama for her sons criminal actions, OccupyDemocrats has received messages from combat veterans giving their opinion on the matter – and social media has given their two cents as well:
What I (and other combat vets) don’t get is that he spent a year there, was infantry, in a Stryker brigade, and he received ZERO combat decorations? Discussions were about how he was a candidate’s son and nobody wanted anything to happen to him. – Jonathan Shea
That Track Palin kid. They probably gave him special treatment because of who his mother is. – Stephen Childers
So it would appear that it was in fact Sarah Palin’s own vice-presidential campaign that kept her son out of the line of fire while the rest of his buddies fought around him. Which makes it even more despicable that Palin would blame the President for his “PTSD” while it was her own poor parenting, or poor developmental nutrition, or an overexposure to snowmobile fumes, or whatever gave Track Palin the mental issues he is clearly struggling with.
At the end of the day, it matters naught. Track Palin is not a victim. Nothing can excuse becoming violently drunk and punching your loved one in the eye until she’s forced to hide under the bed. Veterans’ groups around the country have spoken out against Sarah Palin for her reprehensible attempt to use the horrors of PTSD as an excuse to take cheap shots at the President.
Not only was she flagrantly and unnecessarily disrespecting her Commander-in-Chief, she was doing it during a speech in which she was endorsing a draft-dodger who disparaged a real war hero, John McCain – the very man who made the astoundingly poor decision to elevate her to prominence in the first place. Sarah Palin has no shame and no honor, no respect for higher principle or moral than her own personal ambitions. The sooner she returns to slumber in the fetid Alaskan marshes from whence she emerged, we will have a more perfect union.
You may examine Track Palin’s discharge papers here:
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.