In The Line of Duty


If you thought that all the drama and angst over the 2016 election with its divided country and confusing rhetoric was over, stand by. The real political nonsense is just getting started. Over the next four year we are going to see allegations and investigations that will make the Benghazi stuff look tame. And each and every time someone says “That ain’t right,” it will be met with the excuse that “You did it to Hillary and Obama.”

Can you imagine what the next 50 years is going to look like with this back and forth tit-for-tat nonsense? It’s like a Star Trek episode where the guy who is black on the left side keeps chasing the guy who is black on the right side through time and space. All the country really wants is to have government that isn’t sticking its nose into every corner of our lives and taking all of our money, but instead what we get is The Magnificent Bickersons and more and more consolidation of power and authority.

Yay us.

Among the issues that the Military is facing is the question of whether or not suicides are to be considered “in the line of duty” or not. This is one of those sure to divide people issues, mainly because of the varying religious beliefs about the act of suicide and the general social phobias we have about talking about it.

For example, in Judaism, suicide is considered a “sin,” BUT… (you knew that was coming), it is also generally accepted that a person who contemplates and/or carries out the act is not rational. Hence, G-d will not hold it against them otherwise, since they are clearly not acting as they normally would. So it’s both a “sin” and not, since the underlying issues causing the action cannot always be known or understood.

In the case of Military folks, it’s tougher. In my opinion, it should be considered “in the line of duty” for exactly the reasons that my faith would lead me to believe, as the underlying causes may simply be more than rationality can bear. Having said that, there are some cases that I wonder about, where the question of rationality isn’t quite as clear cut to me.

For example, a pair of Military persons committed suicide recently, one after being convicted of child sexual abuse, the other just prior to his Courts Martial on rape and abuse charges. In the case of the conviction it seems pretty clear that the act should not be “in the line of duty,” but in the case of awaiting trial, should it not be considered “in the line of duty?” An accusation and even a charge is not a conviction. So shouldn’t it be presumed that the individual is still not guilty and thus “in the line of duty?”

In any case, why make the family of the service member pay the price for the action? The family suffered and sacrificed as well, and given how much money this government wastes, the idea of denying benefits to the family is just not acceptable.

Before you get too excited about General Mattis being named as Secretary of Defense, keep one thing in mind, at least one ally doesn’t hold him is as high of regard as we seem too. I will be the first to say that it’s been a long time since we had a Defense Secretary with this kind of record of service, since we had one who got into fighting holes with his troops. Chuck Hagel was Military, but he had nowhere near the leadership record of Mattis and had long ago become more politician than Marine. The bigger questions that surround General Mattis (have you noticed how the media refers to him as “ex-General?”) regarding temperament are just red herrings. What will his plans be for things like the removal of ratings from the Navy? Females in combat roles? The draft? After the degrading the military has taken in the last decade, and with the mission nowhere near complete, strong leadership is needed. Mattis could be the guy, but with his positions on Israel (and watch now as the Democrats proclaim themselves as the best friends Israel has) and his bombastic attitude, he could be in for a rough ride to confirmation.

Speaking of the Democrats and their views on Jews, Congressman Keith Ellison, the first sitting PLRI Congressman, wants to become the DNC Chairman. There is no doubt in my mind that the Democrats will approve this, because they still have not absorbed the lesson of the election and continue to believe in their world of rainbows and unicorns while moving further and further away fro the real America.

Veep-Elect Pence claimed back in June that a Trump win would mean that Roe v Wade would be overturned. Not only is that NOT going to happen – the GOP doesn’t have the stomach for that fight – but the Courts are now seeing multiple cases seeking to “repair damage” done to Roe v Wade by State Legislatures who passed laws restricting abortions over the last forty years. Look, I don’t support abortion, but if you’re expecting Trump to stop it, you’re dreaming. Congress is not going to pass a law to overturn Roe v Wade. The Democrats are going to filibuster any Nominee to the Supreme Court that might vote to reverse it and there’s no chance of McConnell going nuclear. Whether you or I like it is not relevant. Roe v Wade is the law of the land, but it does not force you to have an abortion. Should you quit protesting? Nope. But putting your faith in politicians is a false hope.

The entire NCAA Bowl supporting world is rooting against Navy tomorrow in the AAC Championship game against Temple. Why? Because a Navy win would upset their perfect little apple cart world and make the Army-Navy game next week actually meaningful. The Bowls have become an anachronism and difficult to both field and fund. So anything that makes it confusing – as if it isn’t already – makes the NCAA folks twitchy. They already don’t like the Service Academies, but now that Navy is poised to screw up their precious plans, they have made it clear that they are really hoping that Navy loses tomorrow. Go Navy! Beat Temple! Beat Army! Screw the NCAA!

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

Posted on December 2, 2016, in Abortion, Congress, Court System, Donald Trump, Elections, End of Life Issues, Ethics, Football, Health, Navy Football, NCAA, Religion, Social Issues, Supreme Court, US Army, US Navy, USAF, USCG, USMC, Veterans Issues and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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