The sporadic musings of a middle aged man who isn't exactly happy with the direction America is taking today....
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~~Thomas Jefferson
"Who will protect us from those who protect us?"
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. ~ Thomas Jefferson
"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." ~~Goethe
06 July 2016
After yesterday’s announcement by the F B I, this story tells
what should have happened if there was any integrity with the offender.
Alas, I fear for this country.
Phillip Jennings is an
investment banker and entrepreneur, former Marine Corps Captain who flew
missions in Vietnam and, after leaving the Marine Corps, flew for Air
America in Laos. He won the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society short fiction award
in 1998. He has a degree in business administration and is the CEO of Mayfair
Capital Partners. He is the author of two novels and one non-fiction book.
He authored the following
article which appeared in the May 26, 2016 edition of USA Today. It is
short and should be required reading for everyone.
Secretary without honor
When I hear people say Clinton
emails don't matter, I remember a young Marine captain who owned up to his
Apologists for Hillary
Clinton’s alleged criminal mishandling of classified documents say that it
doesn’t matter, that she really did nothing wrong, or nothing significant. But
the real question is not so much what she did as how she has responded to being
Once during the mid-1960s when
I was on active duty in the Marine Corps, I was the air liaison officer for a
battalion of Marines aboard 11 ships in the Mediterranean. As the air officer
and a senior captain, I had a rotating responsibility for the nuclear code
book, kept in the safe in the operations room of the lead amphibious squadron
command ship. I shared that duty with another captain, a squared away young
man, liked by all he commanded and the son of a very high-ranking Marine.
On the day our ships were
leaving the Mediterranean, we met the new amphibious squadron near Gibraltar
and made preparations totransfer security codes and other sensitive material to the
incoming Marine battalion. The young captain was on duty and went to the
operations office to pick up the code book. He was alone in the office. He
removed the code book and placed it on the desk while closing the safe. In a
rushed moment, he stepped across the passageway to retrieve something he needed
from his quarters. Seconds later, he stepped back into the operations office
and found the operations sergeant having just entered, looking down at the code
Against all regulations, the
code book had been out of the safe and unattended. It mattered not that it was
unattended for only seconds,that the ship was 5 miles at sea, or that it was certain no one
unauthorized had seen the code. The captain could have explained this to the
operations sergeant. He could have told the sergeant that he “would take care
of it.” He could have hinted that his high-ranking dad could smooth it over.
But the Marine Corps’ values
are honor, courage and commitment. Honor is the bedrock of our character. The
young captain could not ask the sergeant to betray his duty to report the
infraction, no matter how small. Instead, the captain simply said, “Let’s go
see the colonel.”
That captain had wanted to be a
Marine officer all of his life. It was the only career he ever wanted. When he
reported the incident to the colonel, he knew he was jeopardizing his life’s
dream. But he did it.
The results went by the book.
The amphibious squadron stood down. Military couriers flew in from NATO. The
codes were changed all over Europe. The battalion was a day late in leaving the
Mediterranean. The captain, Leonard F. Chapman III, received a letter of
reprimand, damaging his career. He stayed in the corps and died in a tragic accident
aboard another ship.
I saw some heroic acts in
combat in Vietnam, things that made me proud to be an American and a Marine.
But that young captain stood for what makes our corps and our country great.
Clinton is the antithesis of
that young captain, someone with no honor, little courage and commitment only
to her endless ambition. This has nothing to do with gender, party affiliation,
ideology or policy. It is a question of character — not just hers, but ours.
Electing Clinton would mean abandoning holding people accountable for grievous
errors of integrity and responsibility. What we already know about her security
infractions should disqualify her for any government position that deals in
information critical to mission success, domestic or foreign. But beyond that,
her responses to being found out — dismissing its importance, claiming
ignorance, blaming others — indict her beyond anything the investigation can
reveal. Those elements reveal her character. And the saddest thing is that so
many in America seem not to care.