Collapse or Political Theatrics?

Opinion

The skinny figure of Obama racing onto the American political stage in a fruitless attempt to
claim credit for Trump’s economic success is one visible symptom of the inevitable collapse of
the Democratic party. Or is it? The theatrics of politics is often funny, sometimes hypocritical and
ofttimes dangerous, the players not skilled as thespians, but earnestly deadly.

Other symptoms are all around us. The uncivil behavior of Democrat Senators Cory Booker and
Kamala Harris, both hopefuls for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination, disrupting the
Kavanaugh hearings even before they got started; the scheming plan by Chuckie Schumer to fill
the senate judicial hearing chamber with protestors, one of which was later photographed
outside receiving a cash payment from a radical leftist organizer; the absolutely asinine, last
minute revelation of an anonymous letter breathlessly alleging a sexual assault by Judge
Kavanaugh in his high school years. Where did that aging blowhard, California Senator Diane
Feinstein, come up with something that? Desperation, that’s where!

Former senator, failed Secretary of State and Ketchup heir, John Kerry (who has three purple
hearts from paper cuts he received in Vietnam), is actively undermining US policy on Iran by
illegally running off to advise the Iranians on how to out-wait Trumps presidency. He admits it.
Can he be charged with treason? These are only a few of the derangement symptoms currently
on display by radical leftist democrats.

Of course Feinstein, in all her pious seriousness immediately forwarded the anonymous
missive, like any good citizen would, to the FBI where, presumably it was received by them with
the contempt it so richly deserved, “Oh hum” and a quick trip to the round file.
Mr. John Kerry, has been upbraided by President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,
for activities “unseemly and unprecedented” meaning treasonous, and Kerry’s fall back position
is to tell the President to read his book, Every Day is Extra. Knowing Kerry’s long known far left
radical sympathies, it isn’t difficult to assume his book is but a conflated list of excuses for his
socialist leaning diplomatic failures. Remember, like Obama, John Kerry too has a legacy to
save.

Will the Democrats penchant to continually grasp for symbols of their heroism, never end? Why
does Cory Booker believe he had an “I am Spartacus” moment? Why did the leftist media claim
Obama’s return to the political stage was as “the Return of the Jedi?” These are serious
questions.

And of course the biggest piece of democrat theatrics ever conceived, the Mueller Investigation
of Donald Trumps (alleged) collusion with those scheming Russians, continues apace in the
medias efforts to throw off the collusion by Hillary Clinton onto the shoulders of Donald Trump.

Nearly two years have passed and the only true and actual collusion found was committed by
the Democrats, especially the yet un-indited criminal Hillary Clinton. The evidence, not symbols,
of her criminality and treason are no longer so opaque they can’t be dealt with almost
immediately after the DoJ is finally purged of it’s Orwellian Obama obstructionists.

The raft of Leftist millennials, especially females, running for congress, seem to be out of touch
but, that’s because they are but youthful amateurs not skilled in the art of dissemblege, yet!  When
they do, we had better be prepared for ‘em because they won’t be acting. Remember, freedom
is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (15Sept18)

“And, Here Comes Baraky! “

Opinion

Sorry, but using Johnny Carson’s stage entry line as a metaphor in an essay may be a bit churlish but damn it, it fits. That cheap schmuck Barak Obama simply couldn’t stand it anymore and had to come clambering back onto the political stage like he was really wanted.

 

Trumps robust America, almost out of the starting gate, is more that any marxist should have to endure. Barak’s brand of economic and social Obamaism that we endured for eight long miserable years, produced nothing meaningful for American except to apologize for Americas needed role of world leadership, import Islam, throw open our borders to the worlds peasants (voters), destroy American culture and kill American production and freedom by high taxes and over regulation. In the end, all he created was a “Deep State”  that is struggling for its very survival under Trumps incessant pounding. After all, the State must be preserved at all costs.

 

So here comes Barak, the slick tongued, greasy used car salesman and community organizer, trying to claim credit for Trumps instinctive economic triumphs. He no longer apologizes for Americans supposed failures, but denigrates Trumps robust economy as actually the result of his policies of onerous regulation and oppressive taxation. They would have come to full bloom if only he had had a few more months. He trashes Trumps foreign policy as dangerous and war-mongering but his own policies, leading from behind, proved more dangerous to a stable world.

Comparisons in leadership, which he promotes, cannot stand comparison.

 

So, as expected, Obama slithered out of his dark hole to protect his legacy. Yes, he has one but its a legacy of failure in social, economic, political and foreign policy. According to Obama’s calculations, Trumps robust economy, the low unemployment numbers, higher incomes and jobs for all, wasn’t really the product of that awful Donald Trump, but was an economy he had primed and ready to spring upon the world if he had had just one more term. Oh, really?

 

Obama still draws a crowd of college students, but they don’t scream and holler like Trumps crowds do. His admirers cling to the hope that only Obama’s brand of Socialism can possibly succeed for America. Yet, the democrat party is morphing right before our eyes into something potentially dangerous if Conservatives don’t take to the stage as well to kill the dragon.

 

The Democrat Party is caught between a rock and a hard spot because the old socialists that made up the party for decades and have run the party into the ground, still retain leadership despite the dementia we see creeping in. They are now being challenged by an even more radical left-wing brand of Marxists in the guise of ignorant young millennials heartened by Bernie Sanders near success at achieving the 2016 Democrat nomination. They bought into the ‘entitlement for all’ notions, are not taking kindly to the current elderly democrat leadership.

 

Their disappointment was when it was revealed that Sanders was beaten out of the nomination by the skullduggery of Hillary’s Democrat machine, and that will not be forgiven. The new Marxist even have their own “shock troops” in the guise of Antifa’s and BLM’s for street deployment. And their politicians, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, et. al, are there to stir the pudding of what was once gentlemanly political debate.

 

America faces a crisis. The Marxists can still count enough voters, even dead ones, to change the character of local politics if conservatives don’t stay prepared. We must get out and vote. We cannot drop our guard or our America can be snatched back into the jaws of growing tyranny. Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get’m! (09Sep18)

No Apologies, Sir

Opinion

Dear President Trump. Most of us, your base, absolutely understand that former Sen. John
McCain didn’t like you personally or your presidency either for that matter and often worked
hand in hand with Democrats, to thwart your initiatives to drain the swamp.

Consequently, we are not distressed that your tepid demonstration of respect on the occasion of
his death, even with the screaming media challenging your personal ethics on the matter, was
limited to perfunctory homilies about his years of public service or the flag issue. We got that!
McCain had his own baggage to carry and most of us know about that too.

So, we entreat you not to lose sight of what’s really going on here, another excuse for the Left
wing-nuts of the media to attack you on points of minutia to stop you before you finish your
important task of draining the swamp. That’s what it’s all about and nothing more.

John McCain has his place in history, militarily, politically and family and except for his
unfortunate individual experiences as a POW, and his painful method of death, he is basically
no different than anyone else who served in uniform, or out, and left a record of that service.

Sen McCain’s best friend in the Senate, his cohort in progressivism disguised as compassionate
conservatism, was Ted Kennedy, arguably the most dangerous politician this side of the
Clintons, to wield power in America. He too was called home with the same malady that claimed
Sen McCain. So are many others.

Kennedy proudly carried the label the “Lion of the Senate!” But who remembers him any more
except for the bridge he didn’t cross? John McCain loved the moniker “the Maverick,” and all
we’ll remember of him is that he was a naval aviator shot down over Vietnam and became a
POW. Some other former POW’s of that conflict have a different opinion of McCain’s heroism in
captivity. We don’t know because most of us weren’t there. We only know what has been sifted
through the organs of the Main Stream Media and regurgitated out to us for our benefit.

Sen. McCain, the once darling of the press, ran as a Republican for President. As a “Maverick,”
the press loved him and doted on his every utterance, until his Democratic presidential
opponent, a talentless half-black “community organizer” with no special accomplishments and
no traceable history, was raised up out of the primal mud of the Chicago political swamp,
financed by Soros and supported by a convicted terrorist bomber, now a college professor.

Like Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor, Barak Hussein Obama, with the enthusiastic guidance of
the Orc’s of the Left-wing media, the socialist dominated Democrat party, Unions, and the
propaganda of Liberal university professors, started to fundamentally reorganize America in
Sauron’s image, to create a dark forbidding place, like Cuba and Venezuela for us to abide in.

Where was John McCain? Protecting his self-interest by frequently siding with the dark forces
that were then totally running the government. Where was he when the voters, in successive
elections, returned control of both houses of Congress to Republicans? He still stood like a
“Maverick,” impeding the flow to true American Constitutionalism, respect for America’s history,
its culture and its amazing accomplishments. I cannot fault Donald Trump at all. Trump will be
remembered in the end and John McCain, like Ted Kennedy, will simply be shelved and
forgotten.

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get’m! (28Aug18)

Congressman Doug Collins stops in Gilmer County to discuss national issues

News, Politics

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Congressman Doug Collins made a brief stop at the Republican Women of Gilmer County meeting Thursday, Feb. 22. Collins has served as a U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 9th Congressional District since 2013.

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Congressman Doug Collins speaks at the Republican Women of Gilmer County meeting.

Collins spoke to the crowd concerning on a number of issues currently being addressed in Washington D.C. and took several questions from audience members on a wide variety of subjects.

“We came through a year, last year, where our biggest failure overall was, frankly, healthcare,” Collins stated, giving attendees an update on the happenings in our capital.

Feeling that the House did their job in trying to address some of the difficulties the nation faces when it comes to healthcare, Collins said that reform and change fell short due to the Senate.

“We did our job. We passed something to the Senate,” Collins explained. “The Senate is just marred and not moving.”

Collins has been a long time advocate to change rules that dictate the actions of the Senate. These regulations can and often do slow or completely stall progress from being made in our nation. In Congress, legislation can be passed by a simple majority vote.

The Senate, however, requires a supermajority of 60 votes for many pieces of legislation to pass rather than the 51 votes that would be required if the Senate went by simple majority vote.

“The 60 vote rule has got to go,” Collins spoke straightforward about his feelings on the issue, “at least on appropriations.”

According to Collins, the Senate currently has many pieces of legislation passed by Congress and has created a bottleneck in moving forward. Collins stated that of the bills currently sitting at the Senate waiting to be addressed, 85 to 90 percent of these bills were passed by Congress with fewer than five representatives voting against their moving forward.

In regards to healthcare, Collins said that there needs to be review and scrutiny of mandatory spending such as Medicaid. He stressed that he is not in favor of eliminating such programs but wants to slow the expansion.

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Collins took the time to continue answering questions from residents after his presentation.

“Medicaid was meant for the aged, blind, disabled and those who couldn’t take care of themselves,” Collins said, expressing his thoughts on this particular program. “You put a healthy able-bodied adult on Medicaid (and) what you do is you take healthcare away from the aged, blind, disabled and those who can’t take care of themselves.”

“That’s just wrong. That’s why we got to fix healthcare,” Collins added.

Several questions concerning gun control and safety in public schools were asked in the wake of another mass shooting that took place last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“This week was another tragedy of a very sick individual doing something very wrong and very twisted, using a gun,” Collins, a supporter of the Second Amendment, explained of his thoughts on how these situations should be approached on a federal level. “A gun did not walk into that school and kill anybody.”

Stressing the need for compassion for those on the opposite side of the political spectrum, Collins wants there to be meaningful discussion and meaningful answers to this problem. He fears that passing any “bumper sticker” legislation as a quick fix would only fail shortly after.

“Are there responsible ownership of guns? You better believe it. Do some people probably not need to own a gun? Yeah,” Collins stated, proposing a look at circumstances in a realistic fashion.

While Collins does feel that certain agencies dropped the ball and should have to answer for and be held accountable to their mistakes, he also feels that first as a nation we need to uphold the laws that are currently in place.

Collins expressed these thoughts: “Explain to me how I can pass a law, that if they are ignoring it now, how does passing another law make it better?”

Collins was optimistic about certain directions the country is currently heading: “Our country is being portrayed as strong again.”

“We are starting to see the economy start to take off again,” Collins said, addressing the recent passing of the Tax Reform Act and the need for more employees in the workforce.

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The congressman also posed for pictures with fellow Republicans.

“We are trying to move what we know as Welfare to Work,” Collins said, discussing current legislation being proposed in Congress. “We are trying to get people through bad times, you know when we need to help them, but it is now time to begin that transition off of the assistance programs into meaningful work.”

Audience member, Noraye Hinds, brought up a key issue that is of concern to Republicans in the upcoming 2018 election year: “Hate is a motivator, and that is what is going to get the Democrats out to vote.”

Collins agreed and said, “We’ve got a tough year coming.”

Collins explained that on average, there is a loss of 32 seats held by the majority in the House in a mid-term election following a presidential election. Furthering concern for the Republicans, 26 of the seats up for election this year are in districts that Hillary Clinton won majority vote.

“If we lose 24 (seats), we lose the majority,” Collins spoke frankly.

He spoke of specific seats that Democrats are targeting in Georgia. Representative Karen Handel of Georgia’s 6th District and Congressman Rob Woodall of Georgia’s 7th District could face tough elections as the demographics of their areas are changing.

Collins spoke exclusively with FetchYourNews (FYN) about concerns over losing control of the House.

In a controversial move Feb. 19, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a new map for the state’s U.S. House of Representatives districts. The new map, aimed at removing what some in the state considered Republican gerrymandering, now seems to favor Democrats.

Collins told FYN, “This is very concerning. You’re looking at worst case a 9-9 map. Best case a 10-8 map.”

According to Collins there is not much that can be done to overturn the changes made in Pennsylvania. In order to be challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court there must be proof of a violation of U.S. law, but since the state Supreme Court ruling was based on the Pennsylvania Constitution, it is unlikely that federal courts would get involved.

Collins told FYN, as of right now, there is not major concern that other states will follow suit in redistricting, and praised his home state of Georgia: “Georgia has some of the cleanest maps in the country.”

“What I view as a good map,” Collins said, further explaining his feelings on the district layout of Georgia, “Does it reflect the homogeneity of an area, does it reflect the population of an area and does it give everybody a chance? If it does that, then you’re meeting most of the test.”

Collins feels there are two key issues that might hurt Republicans in the upcoming elections. The first being that while Republicans have a good message, sometimes that message does not get portrayed clearly.

“Turn out is our problem,” Collins expressed of the second and potentially more damaging issue. Collins urged those in attendance to be active in not only voting themselves but in spreading the word about candidates in the state of Georgia.

Collins thanked constitutes for electing him to his position and spoke candidly about his job: “At the end of the day, it’s about helping people. It’s about realizing where you come from.”

 

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Short Takes – 2018

Opinion

2018

Today is the first day of a brand new year, that drags along with it the sum of all the problems and pretenses of the old year, but accompanied with a dash of sincere hope that under new management, our country can succeed in restoring America to its rightful role, for all the world, as the “Shining Beacon on the Hill.”

I noted that we approach the future under Donald Trump, ‘with a dash of hope,’ but also with a marked lack of enthusiasm. The TEA Party experience seems to have evaporated into thin air after having achieved three consecutive election victories for Conservative principles that finally showed the Marxist-Democrats the door. But those rascals are still out there plotting and scheming and organizing, to undo the grass works efforts that made a Trump Presidency and a Republican Congress possible. From Republicans, there is no gratitude.

Shockingly, the lack of acknowledgement of that effort from our stunned elected politicians who constitute the Republican Party, and who still fail to grasp the import of the tidal wave of political change that eliminated the Democrats, has also swept the GOP’s influence out the door too. They are still reeling in disbelief wondering how a pragmatists became their leader. Apparently some have even “reached across the aisle” to join hands with the Socialist enemy to try to restore their combined hegemony over the American political process. Let the looting continue.

Primary among the GOP “Never Trumpers” stands 4th place loser John Kasich, Governor of Ohio who, if the frequent appeals from his web site to my email address are any indication, still believes he should be the rightful Republican candidate so as to restore to proper governing, the failed process of “bipartisanship” and return our government to the capable hands of the one world government crowd composed of mega banks, international corporations and the quasi assembly of third world nations gathered under the blue banner of the United Nations.

2018 will be another important midterm election experience for conservatism. Also judging by the volume of their appeals for donations, Democrats must truly believe, because Americans really, really hate Trump, that they will capture the House and the Senate again. How they accomplish that goal with an intractable and intransigent, but aging leadership, themselves ready for hospice care, is in serious doubt. Their message never changes, free stuff for everyone, no border walls, protect sanctuary cities and states, and free education and glorify perversion because it’s only fair.

Future leadership for the Democrat party is an unspoken contest between old time American  leftists and the corroding influence of foreign ideals (Islam), they are trying to force into the American culture as a norm, a precursor of the coming jihad that turns America into a Caliphate.  

Presently, both party’s find their bases confused by indecision. For the Democrats, it’s do they move further left and double down, or move center right to save themselves? For the stupid Republicans, a golden opportunity has been laid at their feet and sure as heck, they’re going to flub it. Where is the TEA parties when we need them? The GOP needs to be cleansed of its socialist heretics. Younger conservative candidates need to be encouraged to step forward and seize the reins of American constitutionalism. As my friend Jack Smith reminds us constantly, “if not now, when?” “If not you, who?”…or something like that. We’ve got to get moving, now.

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (01Jan 2018)

Short Takes – The Sexual Predator(s) in Our Midst

Opinion

The Sexual Predator(s) in Our Midst

This story is not new, it just involves new people. I read an account of Maureen O’Hara’s entry into the Hollywood scene in 1945, before her stardom, when she was propositioned by a film studio owner, not identified in the article. Her Irish temper flared and she quickly put an end to his pretensions by telling him if what he wanted was a key to a Hollywood film career, then she was out. Charles Laughton in fact, saved her career.

So, it’s not a new story. It’s still happening and our daughters and grand daughters are not necessarily safe. Even the Boy and Girl Scout programs have been sucked into the perversion of the Left’s plan for sex neutrality. Scouting’s national leaders advanced the notion, for fairness sake of course, that homosexual men could be approved for Scout leadership roles. WTF? I don’t think that’s going to work well after this sexual predator stuff blows over and, it hasn’t even half started. The fallout will be brutal as well as disgusting.

We know “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In the sexual harassment cases now bursting out in the Hollywood entertainment industry, the DC swamp, and the Media, so far all Liberal Leftists, are simply the old game being played out by new people who exercise  authority over other people who really, really want something (film fame for example) and who are willing to compromise their morals to achieve it. Not all do of course, like Maureen O’Hara, but many do. They might not like it, they might be offended by it, but many do succumb to it. Too, in today’s new America, gay’s, pervert’s and transgenders have openly come out under Obama’s tutelage, to enter the fray, not necessarily to advance their careers, or choose which bathroom to use, but to find easy prey for seduction.

On the political front, apart from Al Franken, it is reported that Rep. John Conyers is in hospital suffering from a stress complaint? I’m not surprised. At 88 years old, he quite possibly is suffering a little bit of the ‘shame’ for his actions that was drilled into us as children, by our parents, our school teachers, our neighbors and our ministers, black and white, back in the 1940’s and 50’s. That’s all gone now. We are left in the hands of perverts, nincompoops and Democrats to tell us how to live in a world of happy diversity and multiculturalism, all while fending off new threats from Sharia Law that permits the raping of infidel women. Conyers’ lawyer said all the complainants against him were from “White Women,” meaning apparently, their complaints were unjustified. Well, no, that’s not what it means at all. What it really means is that Conyers only targeted White Women. Could he be a closet Muslim?

The danger here is that for years these powerful politicians, movie directors, studio owners and Liberal college professors and media icons, have stood as “role models” for the younger men in their employee. Therefore the lessons that cheapen one gender, women, are encouraged as acceptable for the next generation of men to emulate and so on. Another problem sure to face us is that filling the management voids now occurring by the firings of predators, will be challenged by screaming feminists demanding control of the male ego. If a young woman and a young man are in the wooing stage for the purpose of matrimony, a natural act, the feminists will immediately poison the well. Let’s not forget tenured male Progressive professors in America’s communist colleges and universities. Will they be exempt? We haven’t looked there yet.

We’re in trouble folks and we must tread very easily. The weapon of accusation and innuendo can do as much or more damage than a real act and must be seriously guarded against. Roy Moore is a good example of unproven accusations poisoning the well.

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (01Dec17)

A Best Veteran’s Day Speech

Opinion

For nearly two decades, Veterans Day in Gilmer County, Ga., has been a big event, celebrated with a parade, music, marching veterans in uniform, flags, the Gilmer Co. High School Band and chorus, free breakfasts and after parade lunches for vets. The schools also participate with prize money offered in essay and poster contests. A few times we have even enjoyed the thrill of fly overs by reserve aviation unites or CAP planes. Even a out of county High School ROTC Unit has asked to participate in the parade for the past several years. It’s always a busy day and always includes, as the main speaker, some dignitary or other, often a military officer, returned from a war zone, a local business personality or some other recognizable name.

This year, 2017, the invited guest speaker was Georgia’s own Speaker of the Georgia Assembly, and our state representative, The Honorable, Mr. David Ralston and also, a friend of mine. The following essay is the excellent speech, (verbatim) of speaker Ralston this year and was, in my opinion, just too good not to share:

Good morning. What a beautiful day to be in Gilmer County!

I stand before you today as one who is proud to be an American. I am proud to be in Gilmer County. I am proud and honored to be a part of this very special occasion to honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Nothing I can say will full express the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who have served our nation in our military.

I want to thank everyone who helped put this spectacular display of patriotism on this morning. I particularly want to thank all of the students who have participated in today’s festivities. You all have helped us show that the American spirit is alive and well in North Georgia!  Serving as Speaker of your House of Representatives as well as your State Representative is an honor for which I am thankful each and every day.

I know our political dialogue isn’t as kind as it once was. We’ve got some divisions that need healing. But we are so much better off than many other nations in the world. Here we are free to discuss and debate our disagreements. We can come to a table with different views and reason together. We have open, free and fair elections that put each and every one of us on a level playing field.  That’s not the case in North Korea. That’s not the case in Zimbabwe. That’s not the case in Cuba. That’s not the case in Venezuela.

But here in this great nation, you and I are free. I am free to take a knee when I pray and I am free to stand with pride when the National Anthem is played or the Pledge of Allegiance is recited. In so many other parts of the world, people don’t enjoy the freedoms we enjoy. Their decisions are made for them. Their leaders are selected by others. The information they get is filtered for them by others. In 2017 when so many nations around the world are free – it can be hard to remember the millions of our brothers and sister who aren’t. Why do they still suffer under tyrants and dictators and we don’t? — Our men and women in uniform.

Our service members and veterans who have stood up to serve this one nation – under God – indivisible – say it with me – “with liberty and justice for all.” Throughout our history, America has been attacked by those who don’t value freedom. Whether it was the Axis powers in World War II or today’s terrorists from ISIS or Al Qaeda, Americans have always had the protection of our armed forces.

In the noise of today’s 24-hour news cycle, service and sacrifice aren’t qualities that we hear much about. That’s a shame. Yet there are heroes who live in communities each and every day – our mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends – the veterans of our armed forces.

If anything, I hope today reminds us that no matter what happens, there are good and decent patriots who have stood up to defend our freedoms. They have offered to make the ultimate sacrifice and lay down their lives, if necessary, to protect this nation and its citizens. In the Book of John, Jesus tells us that “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

By stepping forward and volunteering to serve, each member of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Reserves offers to do just that. So today is a day that we pause to honor and celebrate their collective service and sacrifice. Today we rededicate ourselves to supporting our veterans and showing them the gratitude they deserve.

So long as the sun rises and the stars come out at night, this nation will remain a beacon of hope and opportunity for every oppressed person around the globe. They dream of one day enjoying the freedoms we enjoy. They dream of the limitless possibilities that exist in America.

And so long as our armed forces keep watch, this nation will stand proudly as the land of the free and the home of the brave. May God bless our veterans and our United States of America. Thank you!”

Remember, Freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (13Nov17)

Short Takes – Treachery Rewarded?

Opinion

Deep within the hidden recesses of the Pentagon, lurks a nondescript DoD group called the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, the lead agency apparently, for interviewing recovered, rescued or deserter prisoners of war, and other captives.

Among their latest achievements, is realizing the fall out gathered from interviews (interrogations?) of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A lead representative of that group,Terrance Russell, gave evidence at Bergdahl’s sentencing that the deserter/traitor provided a “gold mine” of useful intelligence about the militants who held him captive for years in Pakistan. Well, so did Mata Hari!

Russell testified that Bergdahl’s decision to abandon his post in 2009 produced an unintended consequence, by revealing the tactics used by the Taliban, their methods of imprisoning captured soldiers and, presumably, their own interview techniques. As a result, military doctrine on how to avoid capture and evade, and escape if captured, was updated.

I wonder at what point, after Bergdahl’s return in Obama’s infamous trade deal, did the “interrogations” of Bergdahl cease and the thrust change to “interviews” by Russell’s JPRA group?  Because of the seriousness of Bergdahl’s offense any interrogations would be under Miranda warning as criminal. So, who decided to cease ‘Interrogations’ for criminal offenses in favor of ‘interviews’ simply to update military doctrine on escape and evasion? Has justice really been served? I ask because in my twenty-one years career as a military CE/CI/Criminal investigator, we had to be sensitive to the direction any investigation could take. In Bowe Bergdahl’s case, his desertion directly caused the deaths and injuries of other US soldiers.

Russell, whose group produces training and doctrine materials, testified that “Bergdahl’s debriefing added to lessons taught to US troops and allied militaries,” adding that Bergdahl still has intelligence that has yet to be collected that could still help troops in Afghanistan. Of course, now it’s too late. Bergdahl will be on the run hiding from the retribution that will seek him out.

I’m not faulting Terrance Russell or his information collection group for doing their jobs. His work helps keep military field doctrine up to date. It’s a necessary element of theater survival that all troops need to know. Russell’s enthusiasm for doing his job properly is also revealed when he said:  “can you give him to me now? I need him now. I needed him three years ago,” “The fact I can’t get that information is wrong.” Russell testified that he had debriefed more than 120 American captives, more than any other US official….Source: Washington Post. 31Oct17 .  

The defense appeared to use testimony from Russell and a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, to suggest that there is a national security interest in showing Bergdahl leniency. US

Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, the presiding judge, apparently thought that Bergdahl’s potential punishment, life imprisonment, was simply too much for this army snowflake as he had already suffered enough under the Taliban.

So, the rehabilitation of Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy begins. However, there is another unintended consequence: the resentment remains and will fester. How does injustice match resentment? By what remaining Obama values are soldiers to be assuaged of Bergdahl’s crimes? When did mistreatment by the enemy mitigate justifiable punishment of an offenders true crimes? Don’t you wonder too?

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (08Nov2017)

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