If there is one thing always guaranteed to happen in this new political world of ours, it’s a reversal of fortune. Without fail, the person celebrated as a hero one minute is labeled the villain the next, and fortunes fall as quickly as they rose.
We saw a perfect example of this with Donald Trump.
Beginning with when he first rose to prominence in the 1980s and continuing all the way until mid-2015, Trump was a cultural hero, admired and accepted by elites and average people alike.
Trump was known for turning loan from his tycoon father into a multi-billion-dollar fortune, and both yuppies and blue-collar workers could respect him for that. He used smarts to build his empire, but it also took a lot of grit and determination.
However, the moment he declared that he was running for the presidency—and worse, doing it as a Republican—the Left that once loved him labeled him a villainous, bigoted racist that was only in politics for power and money (two things they’d never pursue, right?)
Of course, those accusations were disproven by Trump’s time in office. While he did ascend to political power, his policies gave away government power, rightfully returning it to the people, and he was also one of the ONLY presidents to leave office POORER than he was when he walked in.
So let that one marinate for a bit…
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But in the last week, we witnessed another reversal of fortune and favor, that, like Trump’s own, has seen someone unfairly fall from public grace.
There are always people rooting against you, and that’s unfortunately as American as baseball or apple pie. However, even with that being the case, the men and women who have served our country in the military should be exempt from that. People should NOT be rooting against servicemembers, regardless of political party…but in 2021, if you make any kind of political statement, you’re going to have to deal with haters.
Right now, Marine Lance Corporal Hunter Clark has his share of them.
You may remember Lance Corporal Clark as the Marine who was pictured lifting an infant over the barbed wire-lined wall of the Kabul airport during the American military evacuation. Desperate Afghan citizens were handing off their children to soldiers in the hopes of getting them to safety, and men like Clark were there to receive them. He was a hero for doing what he did, and nobody can deny that.
However, after last week, Clark is under investigation by his commanding officers simply for attending a Trump rally.
Captain Kelton Cochran, a spokesman for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said, “The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has initiated a command investigation regarding LCpl Hunter Clark’s attendance at the event last weekend to determine if any DoD policies were violated. Any details pertaining to this incident are not releasable while the investigation is being conducted.”
If you’re wondering why he’s being investigated for attending a rally, you’re not alone…but, again, it’s 2021, and the military is hell bent on getting Trump supporters out of the ranks.
LCpl Clark put a big old target on his back when he appeared with Trump on-stage in Perry, Georgia for one of the former POTUS’ packed rallies.
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Clark introduced himself as the “guy that pulled the baby over the wall” and became VERY emotional when the crowd began a “USA!” chant.
However, his appearance actually goes against Defense Department rules for active-duty troops, which states that enlisted servicemen are not allowed to “speak before a partisan political gathering, including any gathering that promotes a partisan political party, candidate, or cause.”
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that Clark didn’t go there as a representative of the Marines. He was in civilian clothing and did NOT mention supporting any political candidate—but it was definitely a GOP event, and the rally was in support of Republican candidates.
Of course, Clark didn’t endorse any of them, he was simply there…but that alone was enough to land him in hot water.
At the event, Trump reserved 13 front-row seats decorated with flags to honor of the 13 U.S. service members who died at the Kabul airport last month, and in that same vein, Trump also invited LCpl Clark, a Georgia resident, to attend the event.
The former POTUS said, “We’re also honored to be joined by one of the Marines who bravely served in Kabul during the withdrawal and helped evacuate children over the airport and over the airport wall. You saw him, he did a great job, Lance Corporal Hunter Ian Clark. Lance Corporal, get up here!”
Clark did as Trump asked and introduced himself as “the guy that pulled the baby over the wall.” He also said that pulling that baby up over the wall was “definitely, probably one of the greatest things I’ve done in my entire life.”
Getting emotional, he then left the crowd by shaking Trump’s hand and saying, “I just want to thank all the support from y’all. It really means a lot and I’m glad to be home now.”
And we’re all glad that you’re home, LCpl Clark. We’re just sorry that our woke military can’t accept the fact that you’re a free thinker.
We can only hope this investigation comes and goes with no punishment, because for all intents and purposes, Clark did nothing wrong.
Yet, this investigation is what happens when you have a “woke” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that is more interested in exploring “White rage” than he is with getting our people home safe.
Our troops deserve more than this.
God bless LCpl. Clark and all our men and women in uniform.
“Well, in the first place, military service, they don’t call it service for nothing. You are actually serving your country. And it is a worthy and valid vocation.” – Rick Warren