It’s hard to believe that we are coming up on ten years of Constitution Thursday…
September 17th is, of course, Constitution Day, the day that the framers signed the proposed Constitution of the United States. It is also the birthday of one John Rutledge, a member of the Convention that proposed the new Constitution. He would go on to be one of the original Associate Justices of the Supreme Court but left to become the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Court. A few years later, after Jay resigned as Chief Justice to become the Governor of New York, President Washington used the Recess Appointment Claus of the new Constitution to appoint Justice Rutledge back to the Court, this time as the Chief Justice. As the Senate would not be back in session until December, the new Chief Justice took his oath and then did something that virtually no other Chief Justice has ever done – he gave a very public speech in which he suggested something that in today’s Social Media world would have gotten him instantly fired. After, of course, numerous apologetic tweets and the de rigueur screaming from chat Radio talking heads, like myself, who would alternately explain what he did or did not mean by what he said.
The Senate, which finally came back in December, was not impressed. And the first Recess Appointment to the Supreme Court discovered that the People of the United States will always have the final say, even over George Washington…
Three of the 2020 Candidates for President of the United States have made their service in the Military as “focal” points for their campaigns. That said, they aren’t necessarily only playing that card, but they have all made their service known ála John Kerry, who served in Vietnam.
Now, Stars & Stripes has a front-page article pointing out that all three are not only dead in the water, campaign-wise, but only one of them even registered on the polls. Only one of them was even on the stage last night for the latest “debate.” Given their military service, people are asking, “What happened?”
In the history of our country, we have had plenty of Military people in our leadership posts, including the President. usually, or so it seems, Generals and Military people are held in high political esteem, right?
Well… it’s not quite true. Sure, we like Generals, but Captains and Majors? Surprisingly, we’ve had those as well, including one Private.
I think that the bigger question is why exactly do these three think that their service demands attention to their politics?
All three of these candidates remind me of one of the worst songs that everybody says that they love from the 1980s, even though we can only remember one line from it…
Storms are a fact of life. That doesn’t make them any less scary or any less dangerous. Ben is terrified by thunder, and that threw a wrench into my monkey last night as I attempted to get ahead of the game. By the time we were all calmed down and back to Stable 1, it was too late to really do much.
The day ahead is busy and filled with things that should bring joy and excitement. But a pall of depression hangs over it all as yet another veteran, unable to face his storms any longer, chose to take his life. I didn’t know him, in fact, I never met him because I was specifically forbidden to do so. But I did conduct some business with him not that long ago. About $330k worth, if you get my drift. We had a lot in common. Navy, 1st Class Petty Officers, submarines, families, and an address. In the end, something had to have gone terribly wrong for this to have happened.
And what is scaring me is that it makes no sense. How is this happening and why? What is it that takes Veterans who seem happy and healthy and leaves them desperate enough to take their own lives?
Is it really just a storm?