"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Credit Where Credit is Due - Democracy Can Work

When it comes to America and public service, it's important to acknowledge strengths along with weaknesses, and successes along with failures.  Sometimes that is difficult to do when reality doesn't always or ever seem to be concerned with such balance.

But there is a great success to be reported, concerning an injustice that has been overturned, thanks to several individuals from several positions in our democracy.  First is Tony Carr, who did a fantastic job leveraging the fourth estate to highlight the issue and who used advocacy to engage the legislative branch of government.  Carr utilized congressional levers of power and fortunately several congressional representatives faithfully exercised their oversight responsibilities to share the will of the people with at least one member of our executive branch.  And these efforts did not fall on deaf ears as our Chief of Staff, General Mark Welsh, did not hesitate to find out the facts and ensure the issue was remedied.

What a success story.  There is a lot of win here for America.  This is the stuff of democracy and it's a pleasure to see the system ultimately work and recover and correct other failures.  Well done gentlemen.

For those interested in the details of this proud moment, take a look at JQP's coverage of it on his blog where the whole process began.

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