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Bombshell: General accused WH of pressuring him to change testimony for Democratic donor
Hot Air ^ | September 15, 2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 09/16/2011 7:14:42 AM PDT by george76

With the White House already reeling over the Solyndra collapse, a new scandal may have erupted today that could make the disappearance of $535 million in taxpayer funds look like a paperwork glitch. Eli Lake starts off his new gig at The Daily Beast with a huge bombshell — an accusation made to members of Congress from a four-star Air Force general that claimed the White House pressured him to change his testimony to boost a big donor to the Democratic Party:

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Rep. Mike Turner told Eli that this was definitely an attempt to influence Shelton, bias his testimony, and essentially mislead Congress. And that has a watchdog organization drawing parallels between Shelton’s accusation and the Solyndra collapse...

If the White House has been leaning on the military to mislead Congress in order to benefit Democratic donors, that indicates a whole new level of corruption, one that could seriously damage the non-partisan nature of civilian control of the military.

(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: corruption; coupdetat; democraticdonors; fccchairman; genwilliamshelton; gps; impeachment; juliusgenachowski; lightsquared; nationalsecurity; obama; philfalcone; shelton; solargate; solyndra; solyndragate; whitehouse; williamshelton
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1 posted on 09/16/2011 7:14:45 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

They picked the wrong guy to try to pressure. I worked for Shelton at AFSPACE, and he’s a straight shooter and scary smart.

Colonel, USAFR


2 posted on 09/16/2011 7:17:28 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: george76
IMPEACHMENT !!

3 posted on 09/16/2011 7:17:32 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: george76

Sorry, but by definition bombshells only occur when a Republican is accused.


4 posted on 09/16/2011 7:17:41 AM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: george76

Eric Holder does not pursue cases against Eric Holder’s people.


5 posted on 09/16/2011 7:19:21 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: george76

AttackWatch.com!


6 posted on 09/16/2011 7:20:44 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: george76

FoxNews is reporting on this now.


7 posted on 09/16/2011 7:21:47 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: george76

Hope their are major repercussions here.
Beyond this being disclosed; what is happening - any consequences unfolding here?


8 posted on 09/16/2011 7:23:01 AM PDT by cricket
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To: george76

Pfffft... Pravda will ignore, the sheeple won’t have any idea, and things will continue as usual.


9 posted on 09/16/2011 7:23:57 AM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: george76

The Daily Beast with a huge bombshell >>>>>>>>

NY libs run that website. Tina Brown? what’s her name. Anyways, the liberal worms are turning against the jug eared Muzzlim stooge. Inept solar green jobs moron


10 posted on 09/16/2011 7:24:07 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - works better if you're already smart)
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To: george76

What does he mean by PRESSURE?
How did they pressure him?
What did they DO if anything to pressure him?
What did they SAY to pressure him?
He needs to explain EXACTLY what and how they pressured him.
We need to know!!!!


11 posted on 09/16/2011 7:24:27 AM PDT by cubreporter (From TEA to Shining TEA - Go Rush Limbaugh..a giant of all that is good.)
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To: george76

“According to officials familiar with the situation, Shelton’s prepared testimony was leaked in advance to the company. And the White House asked the general to alter the testimony “

Names, please.
The “White House” is a building
It does not call or email subordinates and
arm-twist them.

Follow the money.
Is there no end to “reparations” with these twisted people???


12 posted on 09/16/2011 7:24:39 AM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: george76

Unbelievable but not surprising...Gangster Administration


13 posted on 09/16/2011 7:26:24 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: george76

Holy moly. If this proves out, I think we mark this week as the pivital week in END of the Obama presidency. The economic numbers, the NY election, the Solyndra developments, the cracks in the left media machine against Obama.

his guy and left have proven out to be nothing but two-bit political hacks. I think most of us knew it all along, but now it becoming clear to all.


14 posted on 09/16/2011 7:26:33 AM PDT by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: george76

Drip, drip, drip. I think Soros is engineering political death by a thousand cuts.


15 posted on 09/16/2011 7:26:51 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: george76

Nothing’s going to happen. zer0 will lay down the half black card, and go golfing.

It’s just happened so many times before why would it be any different this time.

We have real deaths, phony birth certificates on the White House web site, gun running, money laundering, selective law enforcement and on and on.

nothing happens, ever.


16 posted on 09/16/2011 7:27:12 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: george76

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2525802/posts is a related thread that reports how much the military depends on GPS.


17 posted on 09/16/2011 7:29:18 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: jagusafr

“They picked the wrong guy to try to pressure.”

No, they didn’t. They pressured him and got what they wanted. If he was really as strong as you say they would not have gotten what they wanted.


18 posted on 09/16/2011 7:29:24 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: george76

Not very much heard from the star boys during this winter of discontent, is there...


19 posted on 09/16/2011 7:33:43 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: george76
I am all for going after Hussein for all his crony-corruption, and I was all over this when it first arose, but people who should know told me that there are no interference problems if the GPS receiver equipment is designed properly.

A lot of current GPS equipment is not designed to properly filter out adjacent frequencies, but it should be, and can be.

20 posted on 09/16/2011 7:33:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: jagusafr

I love straight shooters and I hope every single one of them that’s left in the military will stand up against the crap this administration has done to the US military.

If the White House interfered with the military like this on a mere money issue, what do you think the chances are that they also told Judge Denise Lind what “her” decision would be in the Terry Lakin case, which was about the much more critical issue of Obama’s ability to legally inhabit the White House?

I think Sloan rightly identified that this isn’t an isolated incident; the pattern is becoming clear. And the reach is also becoming clear; the buy-offs and coercion extend to military functions as well as to private-sector start-ups. It includes attempting to willfully deceive Congress in its official functions as well as willfully obstructing Congressional investigations.

For private-sector donors, the quid pro quo is money. For the judiciary the quid pro quo is appointments, which yield power as well as salaries. What are the chances that Obama’s buy-off scheme DOESN’T extend to Sotomayor and Kagan for past services rendered as well as future services to be rendered?

Put a lawless skunk in power and soon EVERY BRANCH is suffocated with the stench.


21 posted on 09/16/2011 7:33:58 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: cubreporter
the Pentagon has been raising concerns about a new wireless project by a satellite broadband company in Virginia called LightSquared, whose majority owner is an investment fund run by Democratic donor Philip Falcone.

Gen. Shelton was originally scheduled to testify Aug. 3 to a House committee that the project would interfere with the military’s sensitive Global Positioning Satellite capabilities, which control automated driving directions and missile targeting, among other things.

Shelton’s prepared testimony was leaked in advance to the company. And the White House asked the general to alter the testimony

22 posted on 09/16/2011 7:33:58 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
The General had reservations about the LightSquared broadband satellite system could seriously the reliability of our GPS navigation systems. So plus the corruption, our weapons delivery systems are greatly affected.

Apparently "The Administration" thinks it can do anything and anything else can be damned..

23 posted on 09/16/2011 7:35:21 AM PDT by oyez ( America is being pimped.)
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To: george76

If there was just one democrat senator with an ounce of integrity, they would ask for zero’s resignation.... now.


24 posted on 09/16/2011 7:36:56 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: CodeToad

It’s not at all clear (from the article) whether he gave them what they wanted or not.

You can be ‘pressured’ to do something and still not do it. You can ‘chafe’ at doing something and still not do it. I wish HotAir had made this clearer.


25 posted on 09/16/2011 7:37:19 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: hometoroost
Sorry, but by definition bombshells only occur when a Republican is accused.

Exactly. This will not be reported by any of the major news outlets, except for Fox. It will not be reported by any major newspapers. It will not be on the evening news.

26 posted on 09/16/2011 7:38:42 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: butterdezillion

“I love straight shooters and I hope every single one of them that’s left in the military will stand up against the crap this administration has done to the US military.”
***********************

Many have said that the MacArthurs, David Hackworths, Curt LeMays, Chesty Pullers, and Pattons (Chesty’s distant cousin) have all been purged from the ranks...


27 posted on 09/16/2011 7:38:46 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: ilgipper; mickie
I wish all this was coming out AFTER the Dem primaries. Hillary might be pressured by the Dim hierarchy to throw her hat into the primary ring due to the burgeoning scandals.

She would win the primaries in a walk. She would NOT lose the black vote...they automatically vote Dim even if Vlad the Impaler was on the ballot.

We have to be careful WHAT we wish for and WHEN we want it to happen.

Hillary is a committed marxist, always has been, always will be. But in an election, she will look like Elsie Dinsmore compared to the fascist/commie Ali-Bama.

I say we should hope that Barack guts it out, doesn't resign or get impeached and remains unopposed in the upcoming elections.

Leni

28 posted on 09/16/2011 7:39:16 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: CodeToad; All; mickie
As far as you know, did the General actually alter his testimony in committee by muting or not raising his objections, or by endorsing the donor's project in some roundabout, low-key manner?

The testimony is public record....and I don't know why this salient point isn't being addressed in the breaking news.

Leni

29 posted on 09/16/2011 7:44:49 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: MinuteGal
She would NOT lose the black vote...they automatically vote Dim even if Vlad the Impaler was on the ballot.

Ah, but the question is: If the blacks sensed "The First (Really) Black President" was forced out by the Democrat establishment, would they vote? At all?

Recall that blacks continue to give almost unanimous approval to The One -- despite his utter failure.

30 posted on 09/16/2011 8:01:36 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: jagusafr

As a classmate and friend of Willie’s, I could not agree with you more. They definitely picked the wrong guy to pressure. It’s probably been a while since this administration has dealt with a man of honor and character.


31 posted on 09/16/2011 8:04:41 AM PDT by affan76
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To: gunnyg

I had heard that as well - that the Clinton years took a deep toll on the military.

But I think about the Marcus Luttrells and so on out in the field, and I have a hard time believing that all of them would be either politicized hacks or else neutered beyond the point of being able to stand up for what is right.

I’ve got 3 nephews in the USMC right now, including my godson who is an officer. The thought of the military taking these strong-minded men of integrity and making sausage out of them by convincing them that orders from above are as infallible as if they were from God is unbearable to me.

Somebody tell me whether that’s what is going to happen.


32 posted on 09/16/2011 8:05:40 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: CodeToad

He said the pressured him to alter his testimony. Show us where it says he actually DID alter it? My guess is he did not.


33 posted on 09/16/2011 8:09:49 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: affan76

Do the men of honor and character see what Obama is doing to the military? Do they really believe that it doesn’t matter whether or not Obama is a forging, perjuring fraud who has stolen the White House by a coup? If Obama had issued an order to this guy to testify such-and-so would this guy have done it because he mustn’t question “lawful orders”?

As I said in another post, I’ve got 3 nephews in the USMC including my godson who is an officer. I love and respect the people in the military who are sacrificing dearly for the sake of this country. I keep wondering where the men of honor are. Maybe they’re all in Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe that’s really why Obama agreed to the surge. I don’t know. The whole thing has me baffled. In the past 2 years I have come from thinking the US military was the greatest entity on earth to wondering exactly whose side they’re on and whether any of them take their oath seriously. I don’t want to offend anybody in the military, but that’s my gut-level reaction to the stuff I’m seeing, and I hate it that the criminal-in-chief has been able to make even this institution seem stinky to me.


34 posted on 09/16/2011 8:15:38 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: okie01; mickie
"Would they vote, at all?"

Yes, the majority would. The hard core blacks (government employees, union workers, etc.) always come out.

Many of the rest are gently persuaded by the swarms of street "community organizers" and ward heelers in major cities across the fruited plain to get over to the polls to vote....and the usual Christmas turkeys or cheap wine will be yours in December. This is how Obama got his training wheels....as a street-hustling pimp for black votes to deliver to the Dems and make his bones.

As a native of the Chicago suburbs, I know how the huge black Dem vote in the Windy City alone is often enough to wag the electoral vote for the entire state of Illinois.

Leni

35 posted on 09/16/2011 8:16:44 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: CodeToad

My husband was in the Air Force. I asked him once if generals lie. He said “Of course they do. How do you think they get to be generals”? That has always stuck with me.


36 posted on 09/16/2011 8:18:38 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: 101voodoo

Why would he even bring it up then? People pressure others all the time, but why would a 4 star even mention it if he didn’t feel the need to CYA? Air Force Space Command is an extremely political organization and people watch themselves carefully. It is one command that reaches the highest and lowests levels of the entire military. I cannot imagine a 4 star speaking out like this without the absolute need to do so.


37 posted on 09/16/2011 8:22:06 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: MinuteGal

THANK YOU. THAT IS MY QUESTION AS WELL.


38 posted on 09/16/2011 8:31:23 AM PDT by cubreporter (From TEA to Shining TEA - Go Rush Limbaugh..a giant of all that is good.)
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To: MinuteGal

It’s in the report. He didn’t alter his report but confessed that he was being pressured to do so......


39 posted on 09/16/2011 8:40:32 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Leaning Right

Exactly. This will not be reported by any of the major news outlets, except for Fox. It will not be reported by any major newspapers. It will not be on the evening news.


Re-post on the attackwatch site. The humor is being used there for good purpose, I actually first heard of this scandal there and posted about it on FR a couple of hours ago. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2779332/posts That little twitter site is reaching people that even FOX, FR and Limbaugh don’t reach, just because it’s so funny.


40 posted on 09/16/2011 8:44:25 AM PDT by boxlunch
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To: cubreporter
See # 39....thanks to bigtigermike.

Leni

41 posted on 09/16/2011 8:46:12 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: Bigtigermike
Thank you, sir!

Leni

42 posted on 09/16/2011 8:47:16 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: butterdezillion
I have come from thinking the US military was the greatest entity on earth to wondering exactly whose side they’re on.
The upper echelons of the military play the same "ivory tower politics" as any other organization. It's all about promotions and power.
However, I can tell you that 99.5% of most units are focused on the task at hand - destroying the enemy.
43 posted on 09/16/2011 8:53:08 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: george76

How many of these perfumed princes of the Pentagon became homo huggers in order to please their new Democrat masters who wanted DADT repealed so they could sodomize the US military? Sorry, but my respect for most of the upper military brass is down the toilet. Even the Marine Corps Commandant wants racial quotas for officers now.

They are an untrustworthy pack of political hacks.

(/puke>


44 posted on 09/16/2011 9:03:42 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: CodeToad

As I read the article, he didn’t change his opinion and he informed the committee that the pressure had been exerted.

Colonel, USAFR


45 posted on 09/16/2011 9:16:29 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: jersey117
If there was just one democrat senator with an ounce of integrity, they would ask for zero’s resignation.... now.

Sorry, I lol'd real loud and spilt my coffee.

46 posted on 09/16/2011 9:22:34 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: oh8eleven

“... However, I can tell you that 99.5% of most units are focused on the task at hand - destroying the enemy.”

I hope that they soon realize that the enemy is located at 1600 Pensylvania Avenue. Just sayin’


47 posted on 09/16/2011 9:37:11 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: oh8eleven

“... However, I can tell you that 99.5% of most units are focused on the task at hand - destroying the enemy.”

I hope that they soon realize that the enemy is located at 1600 Pensylvania Avenue. Just sayin’


48 posted on 09/16/2011 9:37:24 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: george76

If a tree falls in the forest and NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CNBC, the NYT, the WP, and the LAT don’t hear it, does it still make a sound?


49 posted on 09/16/2011 9:49:29 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Nothing will cure the economy but debt deleveraging, deregulation, and time.)
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To: oh8eleven

I had a conversation with some kids I work with yesterday - junior high guys who often get in trouble because they’re bored and think the rules are stupid, which they often are. I told them that the rules that don’t make sense are largely for CYA (in so many words. lol) so nobody could sue the people in charge or accuse them of being bad or out of control.

They couldn’t believe that there would be people who would sue somebody for something that wasn’t a person’s fault. I almost had to cry at their innocence. I told them that not only are there people who would sue, but there are judges who would award them lots of money for suing. And I gave them some examples.

The conversation twisted and turned a little bit and eventually got to the no-go zone in Arizona, where our government has signs telling people not to go there because it’s not safe. One kid asked why they just didn’t send in Delta Force and MAKE the area safe. It would be so easy, he said. And I explained that we have the ability to do a lot of stuff that would make the world a better place, but it can’t happen without the permission of somebody in government, and those people in government will not allow it. He said, “But it’s their job to keep America safe!”

I said it is indeed their job, but the person who is supposed to give the AOK for border security is AG Eric Holder, and he has said that he will overlook crime by minorities - they are “his people” and he will not risk angering them. He needs their money and he needs their votes.

The look on the faces of those boys gave me hope.

I would love to watch “The Lord of the Rings” with those boys and help them understand that what Tolkein intended to be a picture of the power of sin in the spiritual realm also applies to the political realm: men are easily seduced by the ring of power, and it consumes them. I would love to explain to them that this country’s Founding Fathers knew that power makes monsters out of men and so they insisted that no person or group should be given power that wasn’t somehow able to be stopped by the normal people who don’t have enough power to be corrupted by it.

I practically had to drag those boys away from the conversation we were having. To finally be able to talk about the reasons for things that didn’t make sense to them was something they were very interested in. They don’t want to piddle around with stuff that doesn’t matter; they want to engage with what’s REALLY going on in their world.

Maybe they will be in the military someday, and maybe they will remember that conversation. Maybe it will help them understand why people in upper positions are often the least trustworthy of all. Even better, maybe they will come up with ideas for how to destroy the corrupting ring of power within our government and its arms - the absolute power that seduces whoever touches it and turns him into Gollum.


50 posted on 09/16/2011 10:17:05 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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