On Honoring Our Fallen

Note: I often go on little rants on Twitter when the mood strikes instead of writing things here. As such, I’ve decided to go back and pull the threads and change them into blog posts, if only so this blog doesn’t sit completely fallow between times when I decide to post things. Plus, it will allow me to finish some thoughts that might not have been complete due to character limits on Twitter. Check out the tag “Twitter Rants” for all the posts like this. They will be posted on the date that I initially did the thread.

In the latest adventures of “Donald Trump is a Horrible President” this week, there was some controversy regarding the contacting of families of some fallen Soldiers that had died nearly two weeks ago during operations in Niger. Not only did he not acknowledge their deaths when they were announced – instead tweeting about the NFL or going golfing – but he also accused past presidents of never calling the families of Service Members that had died. This, as is most of what Trump says these days, was patently false, but it only snowballed from there. When reports surfaced of the phone call he had with one of the new Gold Star widows – basically stating to her in her moment of grief that her husband “knew what he had signed up for,” he reached a new low in his presidency.

I retweeted some threads about why his word usage probably wasn’t the best, but then I decided to write my own thread based on my experiences with dealing with funeral details from when I worked for the Army. The actual Twitter thread is below, but after that, I went back and expanded further on what I wrote now that I’ve had some time to think some more.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>THREAD (of my own): When I worked for the Army, I never had the honor of escorting a hero home, or even meeting them at the airport</p>&mdash; Robert 4 Clinton (@GuruEbby) <a href=”https://twitter.com/GuruEbby/status/920500061808746496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 18, 2017</a></blockquote>

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When I worked for the Army, I personally never had the honor of escorting a hero home, or even meeting them at the airport. I was a junior rank, in the Reserves, and it just wasn’t in the mission of our organization to do so. However, for a brief time during the “surge” – 2005-2008 or so, maybe a little later – the AGRs (full-time Reservists) that I worked with had to be ready for “funeral detail.” Continue reading “On Honoring Our Fallen”

On Anthems, Flags, and Protests

I’ve been wrestling with whether to say something about this. I personally feel like it is a very (unnecessarily) divisive issue that has become something more than it ever should have been. Maybe that’s a product of living in an “outrage” culture, when people on either side of the political equilibrium have to scream louder than each other about the issue du jour, instilling their own biases based on whatever they want to make the complaint about.

Time hasn’t changed this. Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the anthem last season, something that may have cost him his job as a quarterback in the NFL. I’m not going to comment on his capabilities as a player; I’m a relatively casual fan of sports and I don’t spend hours of my week determining if Player A is better than Player B – I leave that to professionals like Bill Barnwell – but I do know the guy led a team to a Super Bowl, which seems to indicate success in his sport. Continue reading “On Anthems, Flags, and Protests”

My Plans as Councilman

Note: This is the fourth (and final) of a series of posts to hopefully help expand on my candidacy for Clinton City Council. You can read the first piece here, the second piece here, the third piece here, Like my campaign page on Facebook for other updates, or follow me on Twitter to learn more. Thanks for reading!

When I first decided to run for City Council earlier this year, I didn’t really have a reason why I thought it was a good idea. I was a little frustrated with the election results from November and wanted to make a change. Since I can’t really participate in partisan politics due to the Hatch Act, I decided to get involved locally, and as my lawn signs* say: “All politics is local.” I truly believe that, and some of the most direct impact we can have as citizens is by talking to our municipal officials.

*If you would like on of these signs for your yard and you live in Clinton, let me know!

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Isn’t it fancy? Available for free if you want one!

Continue reading “My Plans as Councilman”

My Concerns For Clinton

Note: This is the third of a series of posts to hopefully help expand on my candidacy for Clinton City Council. You can read the first piece here, the second piece here, Like my campaign page on Facebook for other updates, or follow me on Twitter to learn more. Thanks for reading!

This post is an introduction to my “platform” as it were for my run for Clinton City Council. I didn’t run for city council because I think the current members of the council are doing a bad job; on the contrary, I believe that my opponents have Clinton’s best interest in mind every time that they make a decision that affects our city. I have no complaints about how anyone on the council represents the city, and will gladly support them beyond our election in November.

That said, if I am lucky enough to represent you on the Clinton City Council, I would have the following three priorities: Continue reading “My Concerns For Clinton”