It does appear that President Trump almost always uses all his speaking engagements to transform the latter into his well-publicized political rallies.
The recently-held Boys Scouts of America National Jamboree event became the backdrop of Trump's rants against all his presumed enemies, as he turned the celebration into a political rally. A great many among his viewers on television noted how he loudly bashed his rivals.
In the same address directed to a specific organization estimated at 40,000, a number of them identified as teenage boys, Trump drew the picture of Washington, calling it a "cesspool," using the occasion to announce his threat on firing one of hisCabinet secretaries if "Congress failed to repeal Obamacare."
"As the Scout law says: 'A Scout is trustworthy, loyal'-- we could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that," as Trump read from a script.
Almost all news reports described the Trump address as "rant, not speech."
Many listeners in the audience decried the Trump speech.
Although a number of news commentators stated that it is not"unusual for a sitting president to appear before the Boy Scouts ofAmerica," they strongly invoked the role of past presidents who appeared before the same organization's usual traditional celebrations that commenced 80 years ago. The annals of history have recorded the same event when the nation's leaders were held in high regard as they were meant to be: the personification of leadership.
What was made emphatic was what the intent of the Scouts in inviting the country's chief executive stood for.
The invitation is meant to be "wholly nonpartisan and does not promote any one position...political candidate or philosophy."
"This 80-year old custom of inviting presidents to speak to Scouts is in no way an endorsement of any person, party, or politics," was heard from the Scouts.
"Rather, the speaking invitation is based on our 'Duty to God and Country' from the ScoutOath and out of respect to the Office of the President of the UnitedStates," a statement continued with the Scouts' reaction of the Trump speech.
The Trump address drew comments from those who, at certain stages in their youth, were Eagle Scouts.
Typically heard: "As an ex-Boy Scout, I was stunned. Was this a speech before the Boy Scouts of America or before an alt-right rally? Trump's attack on a constitutionally protected American institution, the press, as "dishonest people;" his calling our nation's capital "a cesspool;" and a sewer," and most of all, his attacks on a former president of theUnited States -- all were grievously out of line on an occasion intended to inspire Scouts to the highest values of Scouting andAmerica."
Another strong voice identified the speaker, an Eagle Scout.
"I believed, then and now, in the ideals of the Boy Scouts, so I find it appalling that President Trump used a major Boy Scouts of America event as a background for a partisan, rancorous political speech."
From the remarks of those who denounced Trump's speech, either the president was never a Scout or if he was, never learned the organization's values.
When will the 45th president of the U.S. start acting presidential?
This space's columnist has a grandson who earned his spurs as anEagle Scout. As a parent, he wishes to see his own son become a Scout like him.
Thus, I asked him to recite the Scout's pledge which he did.
"A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent."
Isn't it therefore high time Trump could learn a few lessons from the Scouts?