2016-02-10 / Editorial

A different perspective

To the editor:

I will sell oceanfront lots in Butte, Montana for the sum of $1 per lot to any and all persons who present positive proof that Mr. Andy Withers is a university trained attorney, lawyer, counselor, barrister or solicitor and is therefore qualified to teach constitutional law.

I don’t really own these lots, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

Wannabe constitutional experts have a habit of loudly quoting portions of the Constitution that conform to their political agenda and ignoring the rest of the Constitution.

Mr. Withers’ interpretation of Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution is twisted.

Article I, Section 8 authorizes Congress to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among several states with Indian tribes. The Department of Commerce was established to oversee these laws.

I’m not a constitutional expert, but I spent one-third of my life in the military service. Mr. Withers’ regressive idea of once again combining the Army and the Air Force into one large force comes straight from the twilight zone.

At the end of World War II, knowledgeable military leaders like Gen. Eisenhower recognized the massive problems that occurred by having one large force with two completely different missions. Such a force is almost unmanageable and a commander’s nightmare.

In 1947, after in-depth studies and sometimes heated debate between President Truman, Congress and military leaders, the decision was made to remove the Air Corps from the Army and make the Air Force a separate branch of the military.

Comparing the Army and the Air Force with the Navy and the Marine Corps appears to come from a Beatle Bailey comic strip.

In 1775, the Navy had problems obtaining funds because they had no major mission.

Navy and government officials met at Tuns Tavern in Pennsylvania to develop methods to obtain funding.

The decision was made to establish a land fighting force for the Navy. This force was established and given the title U.S. Marines. This was 128 years before the Wright Brothers flew their first aircraft.

ERNEST POOLE
Roxboro

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