posted on Jul, 27 2017 @ 01:19 PM
So unlike most of the people on this thread, I am an actual Scout leader.
I will address some points that are covered here but first I will say this. People who do not like Trump will criticize every move and decision he
makes, and people who like him will defend him. So it was before and so it will always be. Nothing new in that regard.
For those willing to be reasonable and have an open mind.
1, It was highly interpreted among the BSA that Obama not attending the 100 year anniversary jamboree was a snub. Obama did not represent the values
that Scouting holds to or at least did not agree with them enough to appear before them. This was during the time that BSA was debating the gay scout
discussion and it is widely known that far left political opinion with regards to the BSA is that it is an organization that needs to be destroyed.
Obama did not want to appear to support BSA and draw the political fire with that portion of his voting base. If he actually agreed with that opinion
is not really important he acted like he did. This is relevant because it changed the nature of the speech to the BSA. It MADE it political and
politicized the entire debate going on within scouting at that time.
2, Trump spoke to young men from the ages of 13 to 17. They were the majority of the crowd but there are also plenty of adults among them. If you have
ever spent any time around groups of young men then you will know that Trump spoke to them in a way that they would appreciate. He did not speak down
to them. He did not preach to them. He kept the speech entertaining and interesting enough to keep them listening.
3, The upper leadership at BSA, is NOT BSA. Every Scout troop is its own entity, has its own leadership and character. We share a common methodology,
purpose and ideal but the National leadership makes decisions and does things that are not in agreement with the vast majority of the individual
troops. The funding for BSA comes from many places but it does not get passed down to the individual troops. It is used to maintain the camp locations
and infrastructure of the organization but it is not used by the individual troops. They fund themselves. What this means is that funding drives the
behavior of the National leadership. They will very quickly dismiss or disassociate themselves from actions or statements that might risk funding from
corporate sponsors, even if those statements or actions are soundly consistent with the principles of Scouting. The National leadership made a
statement that BSA is not a political organization but the fact is that the founding principles of Scouting ARE political. They represent a
traditional political philosophy that is at odds with left wing politics, that means that even if the BSA wishes to remain a-political, they are a
target for radical far left political activists. BSA is an institution that the left wishes to radically transform or degrade out of existence because
of those founding principles.
4, Trump knows all of this. So he made it a point to appear before the jamboree.