February 20, 2017

100 Words -- Fake News

President Trump constantly decries fake news. If only we had known this sooner, think what the reaction might’ve been to the news in mid-October 2016 that the FBI had discovered new emails that could be pertinent to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Today, Trump supporters would say, “Not so fast, crooked media. This could be fake news! Let’s wait to see if this pans out before we draw any conclusions.” And don’t you know, right before the election the FBI says there’s nothing to it. Yessiree bob, Trump was right all along. Fake news will destroy America. 

February 16, 2017

100 Words -- Loyalty

Two things. First, Federal employees take an oath “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” The oath is to the Constitution, not the president. Second, during my time in the military I came to understand the difference between being in command and commanding loyalty. A new commander can give orders, but that only gets you a salute. Loyalty, trust, respect … those are earned. Comparing them to Nazis won’t exactly endear you to the troops. This would seem kinda obvious, and yet …

February 11, 2017

100 Words -- Sudden Deportation

I get that illegal immigrants can be deported, but this country has been sending mixed signals for decades. Ronald Reagan said, "I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though some time back they may have entered illegally.” Guadalupe GarcĂ­a de Rayos was convicted of using a false social security number. Every year, she’d check in with ICE. Every year she was allowed to stay. This year she’s deported with no warning. Talk about mixed signals. Maybe you have the right to do that, but that doesn’t make it right.