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Letter to VA Governor

An Open Letter to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

From Sherwan W. Dillar

Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe speaks during a debate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Ohio. I have taught Political Science at the collegiate level in Cincinnati, been published in The Wall Street Journal and am in my 12th year of research for a forthcoming book on Columbine.  For the past seven years I have made Rockbridge County, Virginia, my home.  The one and only reason I live in Lexington, Virginia is, because it is the final resting place of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson. Their lives, character, faith, integrity, honor and testimony shone so brightly a century and a half after their decease, that there is no other place on the Earth I want to be, but where they lived and served.

There is something deeply and morally wrong with anyone, who objects to these two great Virginians—great Americans being honored by the native State, for which they gave their lives, limbs and blood in selfless patriotic service.  President Dwight D. Eisenhower kept Lee’s portrait in his executive office, while president. Churchill extolled him as the greatest American. Ulysses S. Grant threatened to resign from the U.S. Army, if Lee were tried for treason. The statue that marks the grave of “Stonewall” Jackson was paid for not only by the veterans, who served under him, but by financial contributions from former slaves, whom he had taught to read in violation of Virginia law.

When a Lexington local assailed Jackson for breaking the law to “teach those people”, Jackson uncharacteristically lost his temper and shouted, “If you were a Christian you would not say so!”After the war, it was Lee who broke social convention at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, by kneeling beside a former slave, who had mortified the White congregation by kneeling at the altar. Asked afterward by a bigot why a man like himself would kneel beside a former slave, Lee simply chastised him, “The ground is always level at the foot of the cross.”

The anniversary of the deaths of Lee and of Jackson were long commemorated in this Commonwealth by veterans of the North, who were often the honored keynote speakers invited to praise the virtues of their once-foes.  Every monument to a Confederate Virginian is a war memorial to an American veteran.  It has been the mark of manhood and civility and longstanding American tradition to leave politics out of the way we honor our veterans. They fought the battles; we did not. They shed the blood; we did not. They reconciled with their enemies; we did not. End of subject. It is not for children born a hundred and fifty years later to re-adjudicate the past and expose to double jeopardy men their own contemporaries exonerated.

It is the height of arrogance to suppose that you know more about these men and their times than their even contemporaries. The command of God remains, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” It is to God you will assuredly answer for its violation. If you find it impossible to respect your elders, attempt at least to revere your betters.  The destruction of Virginia’s monuments to her war dead is sacrilege and those, who urge and execute it, are nothing more than cemetery vandals. There is no honor in this course of wanton destruction and, morally, you equate yourself with ISIS, which shares your contempt for actual culture, something you both so manifestly lack. It is more than history, more than art. 

No matter. No one will remember you in any 150 years. Nothing you do can make anything like the mark these great Virginians made on history’s ledger. Just being you another day is your own punishment and yet you still face God for what you propose to do as well. Something is deeply, horribly wrong with your soul, Sir. And you know it. So does all Virginia. I have strived to be civil, but you do not make it easy. Smearing reputations, slandering saints and tearing down what better men raised has zero to do with love, unity, tolerance, acceptance, diversity and coexistence. It’s just the usual political spoils game, playing one race/class/group against another to score a win at any cost. The mean, petty loathing of Virginia’s first string heroes outs you as a raging hypocrite just as you were trying to pass for intelligent. What a piece of work.  Just leave the statues, graves, monuments and memorials right where the grown-ups put them, Terry. Just fool around doing nothing, you know, like back at Georgetown. Easy.

That’s all I ask. And about the most anybody expects of you. Aren’t you tired yet of just being the same old failure and lurching from bungled debacle to bungled debacle? Why not shock the world: open a book, educate yourself and do something less horrible than usual. Resign, even, and leave Virginians to govern Virginia. What a concept.

With all due respect,
Sherwin W. Dillar

Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, and Kelly

Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan. I know John Kelley, watched him work as a Bn S-3 during a MCRES of an infantry Bn preparing to deploy and I was the Bn’s umpire back in 87. After the grueling 72 hours of hell, I asked the Bn Commander, “Where in the hell did you find your S-3?” He laughed and said, “That boy’s going to be a general someday.”

I realized as I wrote this that I’ve never met a Kelly I didn’t like, who wasn’t admirable. There was the great journalist Michael Kelly, lost in Iraq in 2003 and mourned still by anyone with a brain: What would he be making of everything now? There’s Gentleman Jim Kelly, formerly of Time and an award-winning journalist. Ray Kelly was one of New York’s finest police commissioners. Megyn Kelly is a brave, nice woman. I wrote once of a small miracle in which a group of friends arrived, late and in tears, to see John Paul II celebrate Mass in New York. The doors of the cathedral were shut tight. A man in a suit saw our tears, walked over, picked up a sawhorse and waved us through. As we ran up the steps to St. Patrick’s, I turned. “What is your name?” I cried. “Detective Kelly!” he called and disappeared into the crowd.

Grace Kelly was occasionally brilliant and always beautiful. Gene Kelly was a genius. There is the unfortunate matter of the 1930s gangster “Machine Gun Kelly,” but he is more than made up for by Thomas Gunning Kelley (an extra e, but same tribe), who in 1969 led a US Navy mission to save a company of Army infantrymen trapped on the banks of a canal in South Vietnam’s Kien Hoa province. He deliberately drew fire to protect others, was badly wounded, waved off treatment, saved the day. He received the Medal of Honor. There are other Kellys on its long, illustrious rolls.

So Gen. John Kelly (retired), US Marine Corps, veteran of Anbar province, Iraq, and new chief of staff to President Trump: onward in your Kellyness.

Everyone wonders what he’ll do, what difference he’ll make. He is expected to impose order and discipline, tamp down the chaos. I suspect his deepest impact may be on policy and how it’s pursued, especially in the area of bipartisan outreach.

American military leaders are almost always patriotic, protective, professional, practical. They’re often highly educated, with advanced degrees. Mary Boies, who for two decades has worked with the military as a leader of Business Executives for National Security, said this week: “In general, military top brass are among the most impressive people in our country.”

It’s true. And in a nation that loves to categorize people by profession, they can be surprising.

Generals and admirals are rarely conservative in standard or predictable ways, ways in which the term is normally understood. They’ve been painted as right-wing in books and movies for so long that some of that reputation still clings to them, but it’s wrong.

They are not, or not necessarily, economic conservatives. Top brass are men and women who were largely educated in, and came up in, a system that is wholly taxpayer-funded. Their primary focus is that the military have what it needs to do the job. Whatever tax rates do that, do that. They are not economists, they don’t focus on Keynesian theory and supply-side thought. They’re like Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who saw the historically high tax rates of the Roosevelt-Truman era and thought fine, that’s how we won World War II. He didn’t seem concerned about tax rates until he’d been president for a while and started hearing about the problems of business while playing golf with CEOs.

Generals are not romantic about war, because it’s not abstract to them. As Boies says: “Army officers know better than anybody the limits of military hard power. Military people hate war because they’ve seen it and know both its limitations and its devastating effects.”

In my observation generals are both the last to want to go in (“Do you understand the implications of invasion? Do you even know the facts on the ground?”) and the last to want to leave (“After all this blood and sacrifice, this hard-won progress, you’re pulling out because you made a promise in a speech?”). They hate hotheaded, full-of-themselves civilians who run around insisting on action. Those civilians are not the ones who’ll do the fighting, and as public allies they’re not reliable.

On social issues they generally tend to be moderate to liberal. I have never to my knowledge met a high officer who was pro-life. They largely thought Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell a reasonable policy, but they’re realists: Time moves on, salute and execute. They don’t want to damage or retard their careers being on the wrong side of issues whose outcomes seem culturally inevitable. You don’t die on a hill that is not central to the immediate mission.

They are as a rule not deeply partisan. Those who work in the Pentagon have to know how to work with both parties and negotiate their way around partisan differences. (Enlisted men in my experience are more instinctively conservative, though often in interesting ways.)

When things are working right, chiefs of staff have an impact on presidential thinking. They guide discussions toward certain, sometimes directed conclusions. They’re expected to give advice, and it’s expected to be grounded in knowledge and experience.

It may be easier for Kelly to impose order than people think. Sacking Anthony Scaramucci sent a message. The warring staffers around Kelly know it won’t be good for them if they don’t support him, at least for now. If they fight him with leaks, they’re revealed as part of the problem of the past six months.

If they are compliant and congenial, it will look like they weren’t the problem; someone else was. Also they’re tired of being part of a White House that has been famously dysfunctional. It will help their standing in the world to be part of something that works. Similarly with Trump: If it works with Kelly, the first six months were Reince Priebus’ fault, if it doesn’t work, it was the president’s.

Beyond that, a good guess is that Kelly will not be especially interested in partisan differences; he will not be ideological. He will guide Trump in the direction of: Solve the problem.

On tax reform, for instance, his instinct will be to figure the lay of the land and try to get to the number it takes to pass a bill with both parties. A friend who once worked with Kelly said: “He won’t go ‘This has to be comprehensive, historic.’ He’ll figure the few things both sides agree on and build out from there. You’ll get a compromise. It won’t solve everything, but it will be good for the country and it will get Trump on a path to somewhere, because right now he’s on a path to nowhere.”

Generals are not known for a lack of self-confidence. If he goes up against Mitch McConnell, it won’t be big dawg versus eager puppy, it will be big dawg versus big dawg. And McConnell has already disappointed the president. Kelly hasn’t.

Trump, whatever his public statements, doesn’t need to be told things haven’t gone well; he knows. He has nowhere else to go, and the clock’s ticking.

Kelly has the power of the last available grown-up.

Another advantage: He doesn’t need the job. He’s trying to help, as a patriot would. But this is not the pinnacle for him. His whole career has been pinnacles.

 

Spend $0.34 PLEASE!

I received this email today from a fellow Marine, and I believe it is a great idea. If one were to watch any news program, or for that matter any of the late night comedy shows (wait, maybe they are the same, but I digress), or any of the shamelessly Hollywood elites show up half  dressed and shower themselves with accolades, one would surely believe our President, who was duly and legally elected was thrust on the country by some demon. Well, maybe he was for the loser certainly is a demon.

Was in the Dr’s waiting room this a.m. while my bride was having an eye appointment and the TV was on CNN. I finally had to move and sit under it so I would not have watch it (the sound was off). Anyway the shots I saw were all anti-Trump episodes, one after another. They showed a poll where 55% of Republicans give him good grades for the first 100 days, while the Dem’s were 12%. So from that poll somehow they  decided he is not popular. Duh?

Anyway, what can we do to let him know that we put him there, we like what he is doing and we support him? Here’s how:

“On March 16th, each of us should mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our SUPPORT to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his popularity and hope for success.

We will show the media and the politicians what standing against him – and with us – means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House with our support as US citizens for the office of the Presidency.

Each of us – every American from every working class, each congress calling citizen, every boy-cotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer – if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 16th, well: you do the math. No media deception or disingenuous leftist politician will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of faith.

Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over 1.5 million pieces in a day, ringing with nice things to say. So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest well-wishes can pierce the media’s famously thin skin.

Prepare for March 16th, 2017 , a day hereafter to be known as “Patriots Day” !! Then, on March 16th, mail your messages to:

President Donald J. Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20500

It might just be enough to drown out the awful, despicable, display we see in these protests! The media just might take notice, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one!!!

Come on gang, the darn postcard only costs thirty-four cents ($0.34). And please pass this on, let’s make an impression, a lasting one! Remember, mail the postcard on Thursday, March 16th!

And just in case ,you are of the artistic bent, try making your own delightful postcard by going here:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Postcard

 

Sanctuary City Protected a Dangerous Illegal. Guess What Happened Next?

This is an absolute outrage. Denver, get your head out of your butt. It’s time for POTUS to act on that city and stop their funds. If I were the parent/spouse of the victim, I would be in civil court immediately suing the city for billions, not millions. And what is even worse is their rationale for releasing him, a known felon. Where is all this going to end? In a civil war?

Two months after an illegal immigrant was released from prison in a “sanctuary city”—he was charged with murder.

Ever Valles, 19, was first arrested in October in Denver, on charges of possessing a weapon, vehicle theft, and eluding a police officer.

Because Valles was a “known gang member” who had been flagged by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The federal government issued an order to the Denver Sheriff’s Department, telling them to notify immigration authorities before they released him.

But Denver, a so-called “sanctuary city,” failed to notify ICE until about an hour after Valles was released on December 20. By then, it was too late.

Two months later, Valles murdered a 32-year-old man, Tim Cruz. Valles and an accomplice wore masks and backpacks, and robbed Cruz at gunpoint outside a Denver light rail station. During the robbery, one of the two men shot and killed Cruz.

Valles was arrested two days later. He was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

In a statement, the city of Denver refused to admit they did anything wrong. They claimed they released Valles because being an illegal immigrant is a “civil matter”—while stressing that they “never and will never advocate for felons to remain on our streets—immigrants or not.”

(Oh, really, you knew you were releasing a felon. There has to be a  broken federal law here somewhere?)

Source: American Action News
Read more at http://americanactionnews.com/articles/this-sanctuary-city-protected-a-dangerous-illegal-guess-what-happened-next#UZrFIztqd7eGCGls.99