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.