Army lifts ban on waivers for recruits with history of some mental health issues
by Tom Vanden Brook
WASHINGTON – People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.
The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year’s goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.
Stop right there. You needn’t go any farther. I am well versed in these conditions because I witnessed them myself whilst attached to numerous training venues in my law enforcement department and law enforcement in general in the 1990s. And beyond.
Because, for example, that is how we got Rampart in the LAPD. Poor and/or lax backgrounding due to administrative pressure to throw more recruits into various academies. The laughable axiomatic joke bandied about by recruiters then was “and instead of asking them (potential recruits) if they’ve done dope at all, we ask them ‘how much dope did you do before you got here today?’ ”
“Predictable is preventable.”
And the US Army’s results from this act are simultaneously predictable and preventable. In other words, as Gordon Graham illustrates here, “high risk, low frequency” incidents for emergency responders, police and fire personnel — applicable also to our military.
Can we not see that this new US Army policy is fraught with unintended yet terribly predictable consequences if we but examine past incidents closely?
Lax hiring in order to fill orders for more recruits from an uninterested or damaged gene pool. That never proffers excellent or even languid results.
Life, after all, is nothing if not cyclical. Every time something like this happens, Gordon Graham winces and shivers in response.
Then he makes more cash in retrospect when people begin to ask: “have we seen anything like this before?”
This is the Gordon Graham Risk Assessment Chart.
Because, in hard budgetary times for law enforcement, what is the first, the absolute first venue to be cut in any and every department? Training. Period. Training. And that includes money spent for academies. And backgrounds. And recruitment.
Seen it, done it, lived it, for over four decades. What are the greatest areas of potential exposure for emergency response agencies?
Negligence in hiring
Negligence in training;
Negligence in retention.
The Rand Corporation published a very expensive study. It proffered an assload of multisyllabic words. What was said, essentially, was this: you’re no better than your gene pool. Which would account for LAPD’s leaving SoCal and actively poaching and soliciting recruits in Northern California. Precisely because they “weren’t” SoCal.
Expanding the waivers for mental health is possible in part because the Army now has access to more medical information about each potential recruit, Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said in a statement. The Army issued the ban on waivers in 2009 amid an epidemic of suicides among troops.
“The decision was primarily due to the increased availability of medical records and other data which is now more readily available,” Taylor’s statement to USA TODAY said. “These records allow Army officials to better document applicant medical histories.”
So now you have access to records which only confirm that your potential recruits are troubled and slagged with drugs. What positive affirmation is that?
What the hell am I missing here?
Perhaps it’s time to allow Captain Obvious into the room.
But accepting recruits with those mental health conditions in their past carries risks, according to Elspeth Ritchie, a psychiatrist who retired from the Army as a colonel in 2010 and is an expert on waivers for military service. People with a history of mental health problems are more likely to have those issues resurface than those who do not, she said.
Wowzer. Could anyone else besides me have possibly anticipated a response akin to that?
While bipolar disorder can be kept under control with medication, self-mutilation — where people slashing their skin with sharp instruments — may signal deeper mental health issues, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association.
Oh please. What’s the problem with “self mutilation”? Let’s get real here.
But wait. Consider this:
If self-mutilation occurs in a military setting, Ritchie said, it could be disruptive for a unit. A soldier slashing his or her own skin could result in blood on the floor, the assumption of a suicide attempt and the potential need for medical evacuation from a war zone or other austere place.
“Could result in blood on the floor.”
Carlos is in a foxhole with Tashay. Tashay whips out a razor blade and starts slashing her/its wrists. Artillery shells are cascading all around. Carlos does what?
Writes a letter of objection;
Pees his pants;
Fires back at the enemy;
The worst response is, of course, the last. And so it goes.
Please stand by for the most critical sentence in the entire article.
Accepting recruits with poor qualifications can cause problems.
How could anyone possibly have seen that coming?
The Army did not respond to a question of how many waivers, if any, have been issued since the policy was changed.
I term that a clue.
Damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
How are the armed services supposed to react?
They will be excoriated by mental health advocates who say that people with mental challenges should be provided with opportunities like any other individual.
They will be excoriated by persons who point out that mental health issues and problems weren’t recognized and dealt with appropriately, certainly in the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs.
I say two things in response:
It’s time for the armed services to cease being test beds for social engineering, stop with the political correctness and get back to protecting the nation and the world;
It’s also time for the armed services to do their jobs and input required information regarding discharges and crimes committed by their charges.
But of course, this is me allowing facts, history, logic, rationality, proportion and common sense get in the way of a good fucked-up Leftist decision.
The Army has, in its infinite wisdom, decided to backtrack a bit. From USAToday.com:
Army says USA TODAY story forced it to drop plans for waivers for high-risk recruits
by Tom Vanden Brook
WASHINGTON — Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Wednesday the Army has rescinded a September memo stating that people with certain mental health issues, including self-mutilation, would be eligible for waivers to join the service.
Milley, appearing before reporters, said the Army rescinded the memo because of an article published Sunday by USA TODAY.
He maintained that the policy on considering such waivers had not changed but had been delegated to a lower level for approval.
Milley said the Army had done a “terrible” job explaining the policy. He credited USA TODAY for bringing the issue to his attention.
“There wasn’t a change in policy,” Milley said. “There cannot be a change in policy by someone who doesn’t have the authority to change policy. I know it sounds circular.”
The memo from Sept. 7 said that people with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse would be eligible to obtain waivers to join the Army. The change, which was not announced publicly, was made in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.
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That was the first phrase that came to my mind on this 4th of July, 2017, as I awakened to light starting to leak into the bedroom early this morning. I had to check the temperature of the house because it’s been hot during the day but cooling off at night. The whole house fan ran at night and it was time to button up.
“Down the rabbit hole.”
That doesn’t sound very patriotic. Very 4th of July-ish. This won’t be your father’s 4th of July post. It wasn’t the post I wanted to make, but it was the post I had to make.
Maybe Obama is right. We need to knock of this patriotic crap on the 4th of July. Maybe we’re just overdoing it. From the AmericanMirror.com:
Obama warns Americans about too much patriotism — on July 4th weekend
by Kyle Olson
While most Americans are gathering with family and community this weekend to celebrate the most exceptional country in the history of the world, Mr. Hope and Change is halfway around the world talking doom and gloom — and criticizing his successor.
Barack Obama visited Indonesia this weekend, and in a series of appearances, attacked love of country and the policies of Donald Trump.
The former US president said some countries had adopted “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and “increased resentment of minority groups”, in a speech in Indonesia on Saturday that could be seen as a commentary on the US as well as Indonesia.
“It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads. At an inflection point,” Obama said, telling a Jakarta crowd stories of how much the capital had improved since he lived there as a child.
This is our former president who, had it been up to him would have ignored the 22nd Amendment altogether if for no other reason than the purity of the entire planet, the US be damned. Because, of course, it should be damned due to its colonialist and evil past and current course of unstoppable evil.
There’s just too much damned patriotism in this damned country. Let’s call it what it is: jingoism. Any -ism. Name one of them. Name all of them. America is guilty of it.
But he said that increased prosperity had been accompanied by new global problems, adding that as the world confronts issues ranging from inequality to terrorism, some countries – both developed and less developed – had adopted a more aggressive and isolationist stance.
“If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue,” he said.
It’s time, insists Mr Obama, for the end of sovereignty and the increased support of and greater power placed into the intellectual superiors of the United Nations, not unlike Europe placed into the enlightened, capable the erudite hands of Brussels.
“What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions, and religious divisions and more violence,” Obama asserted.
And with that we know that Mr Obama continues to shed and shine the light of tolerance, peace, freedom and fairness for all.
As one of my college professors used to say, please “contrast and compare” the statements of the former president to our current occupant, President Donald Trump.
“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our Creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is transferring power out of Washington and returning that power back where it belongs — to the people,” Trump said.
“Our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence,” the president said. “Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer. Inscribed on our currency are the words: ‘In God We Trust.’”
As you can see, clear and rampant jingoism.
But alleged extreme nationalism, jingoism, xenophobia, flag-waving and chauvinism aside, listen to the people who possess the power of the vote. These are the people who keep me up at night.
These are the people who keep me up at night.
These are the people who keep me up at night.
These are the people who keep me up at night.
These are the people who keep me up at night,
These are the people who keep me up at night, and who diminish our ability to protect ourselves at home and abroad.
These are the people who keep me up at night, and who diminish our ability to protect ourselves at home and abroad.
We have gone, in the course of three generations, from God-fearing and country loving to the base excoriation of the nation itself.
We are in the process of relinquishing the very rights, freedoms and sacrifices made by men like this.
And men like this.
And men like this.
And men like this.
What do we tell these past souls that we’re doing with their deaths? How do we tell them that their deaths meant, as far as people are concerned now, nothing? How do we square this equation?
Is this how we honor their sacrifices?
This is July 4th of 2017, 241 years after our adoption of the Declaration of Independence from the British.
Too many Americans cannot even quantify the meaning of the date but, further, seem altogether too willing to surrender the rights and freedoms upon which this country was not only founded but supported by the bloodshed of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers throughout our history.
The Sheepdogs of our country — both in the military and in law enforcement.
Perhaps it’s time for a reminder of the meaning of the word “baa.”
After reading the following everyone should ask: are we sufficiently thankful for the American Sheepdogs in this world? Further, what is the true nature of good and evil?
On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs
by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (RET), author of “On Killing.”
Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? – William J. Bennett – in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997
One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me:
“Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders,the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.
Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.
I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.
“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.
“Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.”
If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.
Let me expand on this old soldier’s excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools.
But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.
The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.
Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.” Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.
The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.
Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word hero?
Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones.
Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference.
There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself.
Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I’m proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.
Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, “Let’s roll,” which authorities believe was a signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers – athletes, business people and parents. — from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.
There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. – Edmund Burke
Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn’t have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision.
If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior’s path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.
For example, many officers carry their weapons in church.? They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs.? Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. You will never know if there is such an individual in your place of worship, until the wolf appears to massacre you and your loved ones.
I was training a group of police officers in Texas, and during the break, one officer asked his friend if he carried his weapon in church. The other cop replied, “I will never be caught without my gun in church.” I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a cop he knew who was at a church massacre in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1999. In that incident, a mentally deranged individual came into the church and opened fire,gunning down fourteen people. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. His own son was shot, and all he could do was throw himself on the boy’s body and wait to die. That cop looked me in the eye and said, “Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?”
Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Yet these same individuals would be enraged and would call for “heads to roll” if they found out that the airbags in their cars were defective, or that the fire extinguisher and fire sprinklers in their kids’ school did not work. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them.
Their only response to the wolf, though, is denial, and all too often their response to the sheepdog is scorn and disdain. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, “Do you have and idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones attacked and killed, and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?”
It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up.
Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn’t bring your gun, you didn’t train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear helplessness and horror at your moment of truth.
Gavin de Becker puts it like this in “Fear Less,” his superb post-9/11 book, which should be required reading for anyone trying to come to terms with our current world situation: “. . .denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn’t so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling.”
Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level.
And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes. If you are warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be “on” 24/7, for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself . . .
This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors, and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth.
My father passed away in 2009 but even in the intervening eight years I suspect he would not find our country totally familiar. I find this aspect both sad and disturbing. He was a Sheepdog but would seldom if ever speak of it.
These are tumultuous times for the United States of America. But I fear the times are soon to be even more so. I am convinced there is upheaval coming, if for no other reason than the Left does not know when to stop pushing, and because they do not know when to cease their continuous attempted dismantling of the very soul of our nation.
This is not the post you anticipated. Nor had I. But it is the one I was forced to write because, in reflection, everything is at stake now. Our freedoms, our rights, our very way of life.
I write that “I am pushback.” That means this: I am not going away and I am not giving up in the face of such naked undermining and violence on the part of the Left.
I am of sufficient age that I have the perspective necessary to say this: we are the frogs. The pot is just beginning to boil. The hands of Leftists, Demorats and the American Media Maggots are on the burner.
Armed Black Driver Uses Facebook to Support Two Cops Who Pulled Him Over
by Awr Hawkins
On October 27, driver Steven Hildreth Jr. was armed and wearing a hoodie when he was pulled over for a broken headlight in Tucson, Arizona.
The officers had to disarm Hildreth because of the close promixity of his Glock to his wallet. After checking his registration and dialoguing with Hildreth, the officers returned his Glock to him, complimented the way he had treated them, and sent him on his way. When Hildreth got home, he returned the compliment by taking to Facebook to point out how reasonable the stop went and how approaching officers with respect instead of divisive language and movements might be the key to more reasonable stops around the country.
Mr Hildreth ended his Facebook post with this:
I’m a black man wearing a hoodie and strapped. According to certain social movements, I shouldn’t be alive right now because the police are allegedly out to kill minorities. Maybe… just maybe… that notion is bunk.
Maybe if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you.
Police officers are people, too. By far and large, most are good people and they’re not out to get you. I’d like to thank those two officers and TPD in general for another professional contact.
We talk so much about the bad apples who shouldn’t be wearing a badge. I’d like to spread the word about an example of men who earned their badges and exemplify what that badge stands for.
Because of this incident, are things going to change in the black community?
In truth, black lives don’t matter. Certainly they don’t matter more than anyone else, they don’t matter to me and they don’t matter to the bulk of the US. They sure as hell don’t matter to politicians locally, at the state level or in DC. And they don’t matter to the American Media Maggots. Black urban male lives are useful only as tools to angles on various stories for the AMM.
Maybe Chris Rock had it right in this video, made a number of years ago, after all:
Young urban black males have become something of a doomed culture. One of the largest things that doomed cultures lack is the ability to conduct introspection and self-examination. This requires not only self-awareness but an amount of education, which by and large most urban blacks not only do not seem to possess but apparently have no interest in acquiring. That mindset does not allow for alternate propositions or methods. To a degree various corruptive cultures are also responsible for the overall decline of this nation. The “gangbanger” culture has been more corruptive than most and runs across all — and I mean ALL — ethnicities. There is Mexican rap, there is Tongan rap, there is Icelandic rap. This stems from the young black urban male culture and is endemic globally. It is not a productive cultural element.
The corruption has been so terribly inculcated over the years that most urban blacks are completely unaware that those who “promise more” to blacks are actually their slavemasters, and provide the chains with which altogether too many blacks willingly and ignorantly bind themselves.
The Demorats, under Johnson’s “Great Society,” helped to remove the black male from the family equation by dint of cash promised to young black mothers without fathers. When blacks discovered they could get cash in certain non-familial situations and, further, acquire more cash with more children, the culture was on its way down. This, of course, bled over into the rest of the nation and helped to create the dooming entitlement philosophy.
Here’s the bottom line.
Black lives don’t matter to each other.
So I have to ask an obvious question that apparently others haven’t the intelligence or courage to pose: if black lives don’t matter to each other, then why should I give one whit about whether an urban black male dies or not?
It is an amazing thing to me that there isn’t a mass uprising of those persons who finally realize what is being done to blacks by blacks.
I summarize: it would appear that most evidence — clearly provided by Demorats and Leftists — indicates that black lives truly do not matter.
When I see blacks respecting themselves, I may change my beliefs.
Under Leftist regimes, such as today’s under Mr Obama (and please notice, significantly, since 2008, I have never successively linked in my blog the words “Obama” and “President”), the military is nothing but a useful mule or tool for various forms of societal change.
Soldiers won’t follow clueless leaders into battles they can’t win
by Jeff Fuller
What does this experience (as delineated in the article if you click it above) offer to those clever, young staffers crafting military tactics and rules of engagement in the White House National Security Council (NSC) for our military units in Iraq and Syria?
Do not expect any military unit, especially a bunch of Iraqi Sunni soldiers led by corrupt Shiite officers, to risk their lives in a fight against ISIS fighters. They will not. And neither would many American troops without effective leaders, adequate weapons, communications, Medevac and close air support, and a fighting chance to win.
A more important paragraph:
But at some point up the chain of command, they have general officers who risked their lives in combat in the past but will not speak truth to the young NSC staffers who set the currently amateurish rules of engagement, define the limits of military power and craft empty speeches in which President Obama declares with a straight face that our goal is to degrade and defeat ISIS.
In other words: our troops are beginning to discriminate and separate the lies from the truths, the wheat from the chaff. Because their most intimate posteriors are now “on the line.” A further lesson from history:
As someone who cares deeply for our country and still carries grenade fragments from battle, I can only hope that at some point, our troops will be able to say that their senior military leaders choose the truth over political and career expediency. In Vietnam, much of the foolishness was generated by military officers who either never understood battle or had forgotten its lessons. Now this Peter Principle tendency has been exacerbated by the youngsters who rule the NSC.
To the military: for whom will you die and when, if ever, will you draw the line?
Having written that, there is a serious lesson to be learned — also — by the LE Sheepdogs of this nation:
2.CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT:
I learned quite a number of things in my 41 years of service to civilian law enforcement. As a Sergeant for a major LE agency on the Left Coast, and having served as my department’s Rangemaster and EVOC Supervisor (and a number of other specialized positions, with another separate three state and federal agencies), I learned that there is a vast chasm between what one says and what one does. I learned to respect a few ranks but not to respect the persons wearing those ranks because altogether too many of them were corrupt and violated their own oaths — yet were promoted still because of nepotism or melanin or their ability to don the requisite knee pads required for a sundry of appointments and coronations. They too often spoke one line and physically violated another. And trust me: cops can sense the stinking bullshit of hypocrites from miles away. Verbal detritus does not a leader make.
And dissent will become a major, a huge issue in the future of the military and civilian law enforcement. That is to say: the Sheepdogs.
Just what is a Sheepdog? I am a long-time Sheepdog, far beyond the years where most average Sheepdogs quit. I am also a Silverback, far beyond the years where most others with less stamina (or more sense) quit.
That said, what might be a common denominator between military and civilian LE “leaders”?
I say this: there are way too many “test takers” and “test passers.” There are “managers” who can sort out widgets and beans and push paper, but there is a dearth of true “leaders of men.” Managers are good with paper and bits and bytes. Leaders are good with people. Actual humans.
I am convinced of the incontrovertible: leaders are born. They cannot be “made.” Persons either possess “leadership skills” or they do not. You can see and acknowledge a true “leader” from elementary school right up through college and beyond. One cannot “teach” what is truly the unteachable: leadership. True leadership.
And true leadership is this: if I asked my troops to do “X,” would they do it for me? If another Sergeant asked, would they do it for them? A true leader gets things done not when he or she demands, but when he or she “suggests” or asks. Or even by a mere presence, subsumed. But in the crucible of extremis, would my troops do what I asked? Frankly, I’d like to think they would if, for no other reason, than how I treated them under “normal.” They would know that I readily recognize the difference between “standard” and “critical.”
3. THE LOGICAL EXTENSION:
My point being:
In the not too terribly distant future, military troops and civilian LE troops are going to have to make a terrible and critical decision.
Will they follow their so-called “leaders”?
At this point, I would suggest: you should weigh that decision very carefully because many of your “superiors” and “leaders” are neither superior nor leaders.
I suspect and submit that you already know who it is that you would follow, and who it is that you would not. Those who are — in the colloquial — “full of shit” and those who are not. Those who treated you with inherent respect, did not take advantage of you, did not make you the butt of jokes, did not rule their rank over you, those who were firm, fair and consistent. You knew you would encounter the same person over any number of days, and not Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde.
The person who said, if they were “disappointed” in you, you would have a serious internal speech with yourself to the point of questioning your entire ethos.
I was once told, by an ancient and doddering Sergeant in my department many years ago, that one must only do three things to have a successful career: 1) Do you job, 2) Tell the truth, and 3) Don’t be malicious.
It would seem that too many of our so-called “leaders” violate one or more of those aspects on a continuing basis. Some seem to get promoted for it.
If you think — after all of this — that I’m leading up to something, you would be correct.
A country that allows political hacks to set military operations policy has lost its way. And we are lost, for sure.” — Lt. Col. Jeff Fuller
“God bless America, the finest experimental nation ever created at the hands of Mortal Men.”— BZ
So I said back in 2006.
The point is this. At some time, there will be upheaval in the US. It’s just going to occur, plain and simple. America cannot keep on its current path of unsustainable spending and philosophy. There is only so much cash and good will to be found in the American Taxpayer — who foots the bill for not only the United States but much of the rest of the planet as well, in terms of largesse to other countries.
When that crash comes — and I do not know when or how it will manifest itself — there must be in the military and civilian LE spheres those who will truly honor their oaths. They must truly be Oathkeepers. They must respect the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
Bottom line: there will come a time when soldiers in the military and law enforcement officers must follow their conscience and their oaths, because their leaders are going to order them to abrogate law.