Well written. It explains the demise of the GOP. I’ve seen it first hand. The question is, what is the future?
If you read the papers or watched the news this week, you saw the litany of failure from this administration. The world looked on in horror or delight depending on their geo-political stance toward America.
For the last three years, words of warning went unheeded, signs of malfeasance ignored and the voices of dissent ridiculed.
On June 1, 2020 more voices joined the chorus of dissent. These voices are trusted military leaders. Their standing or patriotism can’t be, shouldn’t be, questioned.
One can only hope the chorus will continue to expand, growing stronger and louder.
- Mike Mullen: I Cannot Remain Silent – The Atlantic
- James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution
- A Letter to America – Robert B. Neller, USMC
- Why Mattis and Mullen toppled their bridge of silence
- Colin Powell says he’ll be voting for Biden
- Powell endorses Biden, says Trump is a liar and a danger to the nation
- Vote for Trump? These Republican Leaders Aren’t on the Bandwagon
- Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Condemns Trump’s Threat To Use Military At Protests
- William McRaven: “Nothing morally right” about clearing protesters for Trump photo op
- I Spent My Career in the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Military Must Stand Up for Its Soul in This Moment
- Why Military Leaders Like Me Are Speaking Out
- Admiral from bin Laden raid: US ‘needs to move forward without’ Trump
- Milley says he was wrong to accompany Trump on church walk
- Gen. Milley’s apology shows respect for the principles Trump tramples on
keeping the faith
Memorial Day is different this year. A pandemic has swept the globe and here in America, as I write this, more than 98,000 souls have lost their lives. Our nation’s flag has flown at half-mast since Saturday to honor the dead from Covid 19.
Today it flies at half-mast in remembrance of men and women in our armed forces who lost their lives defending our nation.
Another symbol of this day is the red poppy. It significance comes from the poem, In Flanders Fields, written by John McCrae during the first World War.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
I learned the first two lines from my mother many years ago when I saw the paper poppies given out by veterans on Memorial day. They have been a powerful symbol to me ever since.
Over the years the words “keep the faith” have come to mean a great deal to me. I learned the phrase from Senator John McCain when I worked in the U.S. Senate. It was writ large when I joined the Navy. And is manifest in the work of Ed Nicholson (Capt USN Ret’d) and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
There was a poem, We Shall Keep the Faith, written in November 1918 by Moina Michael responding to McCrae’s poem. It was her pledge to “keep the faith.
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
Recently, I was asked if my use of the phrase was a reference to religious faith. I said, “Not really, for me it is a reference to carrying on in honor of fallen brothers and keeping true to the oath I swore.
So today is a day to remember the fallen, those values we hold dear and to renew the pledge to forever “keep the faith.”
“As Americans, we should be frightened — deeply afraid for the future of the nation. When good men and women can’t speak the truth, when facts are inconvenient, when integrity and character no longer matter, when presidential ego and self-preservation are more important than national security — then there is nothing left to stop the triumph of evil.”
In his article, AT THE ASMFC: THE COMPELLING FORCE OF LAW, Charles Witek points out the dichotomy at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission when it comes to enforcing fishing management regulations.
The good news is that ASMFC can, with the help of NOAA, force the states to adhere to the regulations. In this case menhaden in the Commonwealth of Virginia. On the other hand, with striped bass, when it comes to enforcing their own rules they come up short. Very short.
“The irony of the situation is that, while the ASMFC can use such legal consequences to compel the states to comply with its management plans, if the ASMFC itself fails to comply with the explicit terms of one of its own management plans, it faces no consequences at all.”
Worse, as Witek points out, is there is no way for the public to compel the ASMFC to act.
“And if the public can’t even compel the ASMFC to do what it had already said it would do to protect the health of fish stocks, it certainly lacks the power to force the ASMFC to do what the public expects of it: rebuild overfished stocks and then maintain those stocks at healthy levels, something that, in the 77-year history of the organization, it has not ever done—even once.”
I agree with Witek, its time we revised the legislation that controls ASMFC to make sure they are doing their job. I suspect in the near future there will be an effort started, asking Congress to amend the law so if ASMFC fails to do its job the public can go to the court and seek compliance, “judicial intervention” as Witek notes.
EPA is wrong, so very wrong.
You can bet on gravity every time. Whatever is in our headwaters will ultimately end up in our own backyards. Headwaters and wetlands are some of the most important components to our network of streams and rivers. They’re like the capillaries in our bodies. If they’re unhealthy, so is everything else. Americans should not, and will not, allow our water to be jeopardized in this way.” -Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited
This is a final rule, so options to fight it are pretty limited. I expect we will see this headed to the courts.