Trump keeps it classy at BSA Jamboree

President Trump waves on the stage of the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree

The Commander in Chief took time out from his reruns of The Apprentice, Washington Edition (spoilers: another "you're fired!" to the next in the revolving door of important staff) to brag about his election victory and verbally attack the media and his political opponents in front of thousands of Boy Scouts. How bad was it? Bad enough that the head of the BSA released an apology following President Trump's speech.

I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies. For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.

I can't say that the presidential speech at the Jamboree i attended changed my life. After all, it was embedded in a two-week experience that in of itself was indelible. However, it fit in with the theme of the Jamboree (which had a prominent NASA booth and futuristic slant—it was a product of its time) and the theme of the administration (the war on drugs).

Unfortunately, Trump's speech also fit with the theme of his administration. As The Washington Post reports,

For 80 years, American presidents have been speaking to the National Scout Jamboree, a gathering of tens of thousands of youngsters from around the world eager to absorb the ideas of service, citizenship and global diplomacy.

In keeping with the Scouts’ traditions, all eight presidents and surrogates who have represented them have stayed far, far away from partisan politics. [...]

For a brief moment at this year’s jamboree in West Virgina, President Donald Trump indicated that he would follow that tradition — sort of.

“Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” he said.

I can recommend the article as a nice summary of what past presidents—from FDR forward—have had to say to the BSA, as well as the indiscretions of the most recent. There's also a very nice open letter to the BSA which dissects President Trump's speech using the points of the Scout Law.

Politically, i'm independent. I don't disagree with all Republican stances, or agree with all Democratic party views. In theory, i'm not entirely opposed to the swing of the pendulum represented by the last election. However, the one thing i have an absolutely unambiguous viewpoint on, is that the office of the President of the United States is one of dignity, decorum and diplomacy, and that the clown in that office now has turned the country into a circus, and the US executive branch into a side show.

It's horrifying.

The open letter linked above gives specific examples of ways in which our President brought his demagogue ways to talk to a bunch of teenagers. He should be ashamed of himself. Unfortunately, he's incapable of shame. He is, to use the, ahem, "latin" uno sin verguenza. Shameless.

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