The average Joe, unencumbered with significant intellect, views life as if he is focused upon a glittering iceberg of which nine tens of the massive object is out of sight beneath the surface. Thus Joe misses much that is of real importance — mostly he is just skimming the glitz of life.

Trump, himself, even with all his supposed billions (supposed being the operative word here), is much like the average Joe in his superficial ways. He scorns exploring the depth of issues, preferring to get his great insights from the national inquirer, weird Internet bloggers and Fox News. There is more flash than substance to his essence as he lets others to the heavy lifting, the building of things, upon which he blasters his name for a fee.

And thus as the showboat that he is, he is attracted to others of great self-promotion. Currently he has made an issue out of his admiration for the legendary General George S. Patton, Jr.

Patton, like General Douglas MacArthur, was a “media whore.” Now there is no doubt that as a battlefield commander Patton was top drawer, but then so too were Major General Joseph “lightening Joe” Lawton Collins commanding the VII Corps overrunning Germany in World Two, their senior commander Omar Bradley and Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall — all less the drama queen bluster and Hollywood hype of Patton and considerably more perceptive than the shallow commander of considerable fame.

Like a great iceberg’s unseen worth, much of these truly wise and highly effective generals have never gained the attention of that of the gaudy persona displayed by General Patton, and thus like the average Joe they also go unnoticed by the equally gaudy and frivolous Trump.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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