Well, this is turning into a real shit-show in a hurry. Now the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff has stepped into politics to re-assure everyone that they are not National Socialists (did anyone say they were?). According to media reports, our nation's military leaders "broke precedent" (yeah, you think?) to make a "foray into domestic politics" and place themselves in apparent opposition to their sitting civilian commander-in-chief.
Being modern or rather post-modern, they "tweeted" and, we hate to have to tell you, that at least one of them lied. General Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, tweeted Wednesday:
“The Army doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks." "It's against our Values and everything we've stood for since 1775.”
Well... not actually since 1775. See, this is what happens when you attempt to erase history and fail to acknowledge the past. In fact, the military was explicitly racialist until July 26, 1948, when President Harry Truman (a Democrat) issued an executive order that desegregated the military.
It was an earlier President, Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey (also a Democrat), who had done so much to undo the work of Republicans to loosen the restrictions on race in the military. As for extremism and hatred... you train people to kill for God's sake. The military is extremism incarnate. As it should be.
What should concern everyone interested in the preservation of the Republic is the fact that these military officers have been permitted to step into a political matter. It is bad enough that they lobby unceasingly for increased spending that is often redundant or wasteful or grossly over-priced. Now they are getting involved directly in politics -- just like they did in Germany and do in places like Venezuela.
Remember crazy General Curtis LeMay? You might remember him as George Corley Wallace's running mate in 1968 (yeah, no racism there, right?). Imagine if he had pulled the same stunt over Cuba that these turkeys just pulled? General LeMay argued mightily with President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. LeMay wanted to start a nuclear war. Imagine if he had "tweeted" his thoughts?
Now we have something real and genuine that should concern everyone -- every Democrat, every Republican, every Independent -- and it's not the statues of generals but the real ones that should concern us. Generals and politics do not mix. That's why the founders of our Republic -- for the most part, soldiers themselves -- wrote our Constitution to explicitly exclude them from politics. If you want to keep your democracy, keep generals out of politics.