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As long as enough Americans keep cheering, Trump will keep ruling through denunciation, disdain, and divisiveness (but note the guy next to Pence, covering his face with his hand, hopefully in disgust)

Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Dick Price, who commented on the article by W.J. AStore, "Trump’s True Treason."

I don’t know about soldiers in combat ignoring racial differences. In my infantry company in 1968-69, we had one platoon that was all black or nearly so, led by a black lifer sergeant; another was all-Latino, many of them barely English speakers, led by a Chicano, Sgt. Alex Villasenor from here L.A., and a third polyglot platoon with some whites, blacks, latinos, native americans, and Samoans/Tongans. The soldiers in those first two platoons, and especially the all-black one, looked upon white soldiers with more than a little suspicion. Of course, the white soldiers — myself excluded — usually were poor kids from the rural south and west.

Yes, in that third platoon — my platoon — differences were overlooked and cross-racial ties were formed, especially when a black lieutenant was in charge.

Yes, in that third platoon — my platoon — differences were overlooked and cross-racial ties were formed, especially when a black lieutenant was in charge.

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This was awhile ago and any might-be-a-little-gay troops were under suspicion. I sort of looked after a kid named Hamlet, who might have been gay or might simply have been a momma’s boy, but who had no business out on patrol. I got him a clerk’s job back in the base camp when one turned up, which didn’t please some of the other guys who felt it was their turn to get out of deadly harm’s way.

But another sergeant — Sullivan — who was “out and proud,” pretty crazy, and no doubt an alcoholic — killed himself. Maybe it wasn’t because he was so obviously gay. He was known to do nutty things in firefights, taking ridiculous, utterly unnecessary chances that somehow worked out. So the guys around him gave him wide birth, especially when you could tell he’d been drinking.

Maybe somebody should have grabbed him and sent him to the rear for a mental health exam. But if they started doing that, pretty soon they’d have to send a good number of us back. And then who’d be left to win those hearts and minds?

– Dick

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