Father of Muslim soldier’s message to DNC is powerful, but laced with manipulation and irony
Remind me – Khizr Khan’s son died in which war, again?
The headline and video couldn’t be much more compelling.
The soldier’s father, Khizr Khan, could not be more right about Donald Trump, a narcissist of the first order, and maybe even a sociopath, who has spent his life serving nothing but his own insatiable, infantile id.
The part of me that insists on rationality and basic critical thinking, though, can’t help attending the facts surrounding the death of this soldier, Capt. Humayun Khan. As the NPR story notes, the younger Khan was killed “while serving in Iraq in 2004.”
So yes, there’s a certain irony in this emotionally turbocharged convention moment. And if you admire big brass grapefruits, you probably can’t help being impressed by the chutzpah it takes to enlist the voice of a man whose son died in a war you helped make happen.
I’m certainly not suggesting that you or anyone else should vote for Trump, who would likely be the biggest disaster in the history of the American presidency (and that’s saying something). Instead, I’m simply encouraging you not to let yourself be overly manipulated by the soaring, manufactured sentimentality of the grand stage, where millions of dollars have been spent discerning the best way of getting you to shut your brain off and let yourself be ruled by those who’d pluck sweetly and cynically at your heartstrings.
If you vote for Ms. Clinton, please do so with your eyes wide open. Politicians, once elected, have this distasteful habit of being what they have always been.