POST 1079

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Gen.Mark Milley was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the last years of the Trump administration. He saw and heard far more un-American things from that president than most of us who suffered through those bleak times. At last he could tolerate it no longer and wrote a letter of resignation. Even if you have seen it before, take a few minutes and read it again.

I regret to inform you that I intend to resign as your Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Thank you for the honor of appointing me as senior ranking officer. The events of the last couple weeks have caused me to do deep soul-searching, and I can no longer faithfully support and execute your orders as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is my belief that you were doing great and irreparable harm to my country. I believe that you have made a concerted effort over time to politicize the United States military. I thought that I could change that. I’ve come to the realization that I cannot, and I need to step aside and let someone else try to do that.

Second, you are using the military to create fear in the minds of the people—and we are trying to protect the American people. I cannot stand idly by and participate in that attack, verbally or otherwise, on the American people. The American people trust their military and they trust us to protect them against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and our military will do just that. We will not turn our back on the American people.

Third, I swore an oath to the Constitution of the United States and embodied within that Constitution is the idea that says that all men and women are created equal. All men and women are created equal, no matter who you are, whether you are white or Black, Asian, Indian, no matter the color of your skin, no matter if you’re gay, straight or something in between. It doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jew, or choose not to believe. None of that matters. It doesn’t matter what country you came from, what your last name is—what matters is we’re Americans. We’re all Americans. That under these colors of red, white, and blue—the colors that my parents fought for in World War II—means something around the world. It’s obvious to me that you don’t think of those colors the same way I do. It’s obvious to me that you don’t hold those values dear and the cause that I serve.

And lastly it is my deeply held belief that you’re ruining the international order, and causing significant damage to our country overseas, that was fought for so hard by the Greatest Generation that they instituted in 1945. Between 1914 and 1945, 150 million people were slaughtered in the conduct of war. They were slaughtered because of tyrannies and dictatorships. That generation, like every generation, has fought against that, has fought against fascism, has fought against Nazism, has fought against extremism. It’s now obvious to me that you don’t understand that world order. You don’t understand what the war was all about. In fact, you subscribe to many of the principles that we fought against. And I cannot be a party to that. It is with deep regret that I hereby submit my letter of resignation.

Gen. Milley changed his mind and didn’t deliver his letter of resignation. He is reported to have said, “If they want to court-martial me, or put me in prison, have at it. But I will fight from the inside.” And he did.

You can feel the duty, honor, country and his integrity all through his words and his actions. We have them to inspire us and can learn what Gen. Milley teaches that is useful to us, especially in this perilous time.

Several years ago I was given the privilege and honor to sit on the faculty of a leadership development company. I was the only member of that team who was not a graduate of one of our fine military academies (mostly West Point then) and they schooled me in what integrity means and how to live in an accountable way, doing it solely by means of their upright behavior. We have too many politicians who just don’t get it. They need to spend time with folks like these.

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In contrast to Gen. Milley’s obvious integrity, I saw a Republican blabber on CNN  a week ago gleefully talking about how Trump is surging in the polls. The polls actually tell us that the race is tied at 45% each. There’s no surge to be seen anywhere. This is just a stupid, easily disproved lie, but

The CNN reporter didn’t respond to the lie at all. That’s how the lies gain traction.

The Republicans continue to lie like a runaway fraud train and too many people in our media, the people who are supposed to be our fifth column, those who are supposed to hold liars to account, let them get away with their frauds.

Video of the Week – From 3 Years Ago

Marie Nofsinger’s anthem, Not My Flag,  is a must to see and hear. Be sure to click and read “more” of her comments beneath the video after you take in her offering.

Today’s Idiot Quote

Commenting on the Supreme Court’s homicidal legalization of bump stocks, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), the Trump devotional one, said,

“The question is: How many people would have been shot alternatively?”

That’s the question? Seriously?

He really does want to be Trump’s VP, so he’s saying stupid things in the Trump style. The real worry is that he could be next in line when the Orange Menace succumbs to French fry grease.

“Friends do not let friends vote for con artists.”

  • – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), 2016
  • Our governance and electoral corruption and dysfunction and our ongoing mass murders are all of a piece, all the same problem with the same solution:
  • Fire the bastards!

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