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Thoughts On Vetting the Military from a Former Military Officer

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“When Willing To Die For Your Country Is No Longer Enough.”

 

I do not like the word “offended.”  I don’t believe in it because it gives too much power to the person trying to degrade you, and as a former Military Officer who served in combat, I find it impossible to be offended.  So when people say that they are offended that the new regime is vetting National Guard troops, I shake my head, because I believe the word they are looking for is disgusted.

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To vet National Guard Troops for inauguration detail is to admit that the new regime doesn’t trust in the tradition of the military, nor does it have any idea what the Military or its personnel are about. Everyone who joins the military is different;  they come from different backgrounds, have different life experiences, different fears, and different political beliefs.  The one thing they all share is a willingness to get their head blown off to serve their country that they love.

The men and women who are being vetted for the inauguration detail are essentially being told that their willingness to sacrifice their lives for their country is no longer enough; they also need to give up the one piece of individuality they are allowed to keep when they put on the uniform; their private opinion.

Throughout our history, proud American soldiers fought side by side against our nation’s foes, and never once was it required that they thought a certain way in order to fulfill their duty.  Soldiers of all political stripes crossed the Delaware on Christmas, stormed Normandy, liberated Dachau… they endured the harshest conditions in the name of defending their country, from the very beginning until this very day, and they never asked for anything in return.

They felt the sadness and isolation that comes with being thousands of miles away from everything they have ever known, wondering if people are thinking of them or just going on with their lives like normal. They have been shot at and blown up; some have been killed or seriously injured.  Some lost limbs, some lost sight, some watched as their best friend was consumed by an enemy explosion.

I can guarantee you that every person who has ever put on the uniform has found themselves in situations they didn’t want to be in, following orders from someone they didn’t care for or agree with, but they did it anyway. That’s the difference between them and the left;  the left operates 100% on emotion.  The idea of protecting a leader that they don’t agree with is unreasonable and vile in their minds.  There’s no greater good, there’s no concept of duty, there’s no concept of respect for our country; it’s all about their feelings.  If said leader said something to hurt their feelings, they see no reason to protect them.  The opposite is true for our men and women in uniform, and that’s what makes them special. That is why they are willing to lose their lives and subject themselves to misery and loneliness and danger. They don’t give a damn about whether or not they share the same political opinions with their leaders, all they care about is the mission at hand.

So while the leftists these days will find themselves overwhelmed by the idea of protecting a leader with differing opinions, retreating to a safe space where they can stew in their hate and be appalled that another human being has the audacity to think differently, the American soldier will put any and all personal feelings aside, and accomplish their mission to the best of their ability.

The American soldier knows that their feelings are insignificant when put up against the importance of the mission.  So if you want to yank American heroes away from a mission because they don’t think a certain way, you are revealing a sad ignorance of the Military and its soldiers.  The National Guardsman relieved of inauguration duty won’t retreat to a safe space; they won’t run to social media and cry about how unfair it is, and they probably won’t give it a second thought;  They will go home with their heads held high, and prepare for the next mission.

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Sowing the Wind and Reaping the Whirlwind: California and its Epic Wildfires

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Like the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s Dixie Fire is epic. It has burned more than 220,000 acres and at least 40 structures. It’s the largest conflagration since the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise. Sadly, California wildfires are becoming as common as Florida hurricanes. Why is this happening and who’s to blame? In a word, California.

By mismanaging its forests and water sources and enabling a power provider to place profits over people, the Golden State has sown the wind and is reaping the whirlwind.

Why is every California fire season scarier and more destructive than the last? The reasons can be boiled down to these:

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  1. Decades of forest mismanagement caused by environmentalists shaping policy
  2. Co-opted Northern California watersheds and water supply diversion
  3. Hotter temperatures and historic drought conditions caused by climate change
  4. Failing PG&E infrastructure
Forest mismanagement

We live five miles from the southeastern edge of the Dixie Fire. Our little mountain town of Quincy is under an evacuation warning. Many of our fellow residents live in areas of mandatory evacuation and some have lost their homes. Local firefighters and forest experts have known for years this was inevitable.

It’s common sense, really. When forest undergrowth and dead limbs and logs are allowed to pile up between trees, you may as well stack logs at their bases and light a match. Wise forest managers remove forest floor fuels and keep forests from growing dangerously dense.

Foolish forest managers allow undergrowth to flourish in order to “protect” ecological environments of certain species at the expense of overall forest ecology. This hands-off approach is pushed in Sacramento by those who think we’re only one species sharing our environment rather than caretakers of our environment.

Wise gardeners prevent weeds from diverting moisture from produce plants by removing them. This ensures a healthy garden. Why wouldn’t smart forest management include removal of undergrowth and dead or dying trees?

Water diversion

A few years ago, state biologists “gill-netted” vast quantities of fish in our local Silver Lake in order to prevent them from feeding on a certain frog. This decimated the fish population in favor of the frog population. How is this an ecological balance?

Similarly, allowing natural water sources to feed rivers and streams provides better hydration for trees—and raises critical moisture levels for forests. Diverting water from Northern California sources when levels are low exacerbates the deadly dryness of moisture-starved Sierra forests. Shouldn’t there be a better balance based on water levels?

As climate change continues to affect moisture and heat, smart and balanced water management becomes more critical. Yet California continues to base policy decisions reactively rather than proactively. If Northern California watershed areas burn for lack of moisture, poor water management will be partially to blame.

So will California’s reliance on hydroelectric power over traditional (and more effective) fossil-fuel plants. The state gets nearly 2/3 of its power from non-fossil fuel production, which is why it has to buy electricity from states like Oregon, Arizona and others.

Failing PG&E

Failed PG&E power lines are responsible for devastating California wildfires for the last five fire seasons. According to PG&E’s initial report the day the Dixie Fire started, an employee responding to an outage noticed a blown fuse at Cresta Dam in a heavily forested area of Butte County around the Feather River Canyon. He found two blown fuses and a tree leaning on a power conductor. He also found a fire on the ground near the base of the tree.

When the 2018 Camp Fire erupted, a PG&E employee noticed flames caused by a faulty transmission line in Feather River Canyon. Many of these lines are supported by electrical towers from the early 1900s. PG&E customers pay modern rates for modern electricity delivered via century-old towers.

In fairness, PG&E is finally taking steps to modernize its infrastructure with underground line burial and other measures. Sadly, these measures are long overdue and are too little too late for victims of the Camp Fire and now for those dealing with the Dixie Fire. Worse, PG&E seems to be continuing their foot-dragging regarding reporting system failures when they point to a wildfire start.

Closed market

According to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), PG&E ignored regulations that require it to report wildfire-related infrastructure failures within two hours of the event. PG&E took five days to report the Dixie Fire-related failure to CPUC. As a state agency, CPUC answers to Governor Gavin Newsom and Sacramento politicians. PG&E is supposed to answer to CPUC, yet is still failing to follow the rules.

Not only is there a lack of meaningful accountability, the relationship between California and PG&E is dysfunctional. The average citizen wonders why Sacramento continues enabling a repeat offender of a power company. Another question is why California refuses to open up its utility market to competitors in order to force PG&E to modernize its infrastructure.

Something has to change or California will continue to burn every fire season. Close to home, people in our community love living in Northern California, but the Golden State will lose even more citizens if residents have to flee the flames every summer.

 

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The Most Important Scholar You’ve Never Heard Of

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Thomas Sowell is many things. He’s a historian, an economist, philosopher, and more. He also may very possibly be the most important scholar that you haven’t heard of. Thomas started life on his own at age 17 when he moved out into a homeless shelter and later was drafted into the Marine Corps. Later, he graduated from Harvard and went on to study government regulations coming to some remarkable explanations and solutions. PragerU tells Thomas’s inspiring story in this video linked below.

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