A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John C. Maxwell
Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- Going Rogue
- Go To Jail
- VA Secretary in Helena
The President’s “Infrastructure” briefing from Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday turned out to be a dumpster fire of epic proportions. You can read the transcript HERE.
According to several reports, the President was not going to take questions, but he took one about members leaving his manufacturing council. That seemed to tick him off and then for about 15 minutes he went back and forth with the press. The subject centered around the events in Charlottesville.
It was not pretty. Someone said Trump was going rogue. After cleaning up his remarks from Saturday, he then changed back to blaming both sides and sometimes it sounded as though he was a neo-Nazi sympathizer.
Former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, was so happy with Trump’s press conference that he thanked Trump for his remarks via Twitter.
Maybe it’s just me, but I think when you have the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan thanking you for your remarks about white supremacy, you’re on the wrong side of the issue.
Trump’s Chief of Staff, John Kelly, looked on hopelessly. In this photo, he was staring at the floor as his boss self-destructed. He seemed to be hoping that Trump would just get back on the damned elevator and go home.
After this episode, will anyone in the West Wing or in the Trump cabinet have the guts to quit? The Trump ship is going down and anyone sticking with Trump will be tainted for the remainder of their life.
Go To Jail:
The Billings Gazette reported that former state Representative Wesley Prouse, 48, of Shepherd was jailed Tuesday by District Judge Michael Moses after refusing to pay his $59,066 fine. The Gazette also reported that the reason for the fine stems from Prouse’s involvement in a 2010 political campaign scheme in which candidates running in Republican primaries pledged loyalty to national anti-union groups, which in turn spent thousands of dollars in unreported campaign support.
It seems that in many cases investigated by the Commissioner of Political practices that nothing is done and no one is held accountable. It looks like, at least in this case, it is different.
I wonder how many days a person would have to serve in jail to pay off a $59,066 fine.
VA Secretary in Helena:
U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that VA Secretary David Shulkin will be in Helena on Monday (August 21). Shulkin will take part in a listening session and then meet with the press.
It’s always good to see the Secretary of the VA visit Montana. Hopefully, Shulkin will hand out some pink slips at Fort Harrison.
There’s still much work to do to ensure veterans are getting the best service possible. Cleaning house would help.