Tuesday Commentary: Monuments, Moore, Opioids, & Heisman

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Utah Monuments
  • Roy Moore
  • Opioid Lawsuit
  • Heisman Trophy Finalists

Utah Monuments:

President Donald Trump was in Utah Monday to announce he’ll shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Overall, his order will shrink the monuments by about 2 million acres. (SLTrib.com)

During his speech, Trump had nice things to say about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke:

And I have to say, really — talk about a very special guy that I made Secretary of the Interior. Does he know the interior. He’s knows it, he loves it. He loves seeing it and riding on it. Ryan Zinke, who truly believes in protecting America — he is protecting America. And nobody loves it more. Ryan. (Applause.) Thank you. Just as he protected America as an officer of the legendary Seal Team Six. He’s a tough cookie and you’ve done a great job. Thank you, Ryan.

It may take several years to make Trump’s order a reality, if ever. There will be lawsuits that should tie it up for the foreseeable future. Like all monument designations, there are those who support them and those who don’t.

Roy Moore:

ABC News reported yesterday that President Donald Trump gave embattled GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore a vigorous formal endorsement Monday, looking past allegations of sexual misconduct with Alabama teenagers as Republican leaders in Washington, once appalled by Moore’s candidacy, began to come to grips with the ever-clearer possibility of his victory.

It was also reported that the Republican National Committee (RNC) started pumping money into the Alabama campaign again.

Many of the folks who said Moore should step aside now endorse him. Some, like Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, now say it was up to Alabama voters to decide whether the former state Supreme Court chief justice should be elected.

Why the change of heart? Many politicians have no principles. It’s about money and votes. The Republicans need Roy Moore’s vote – even if he is accused of having sexual contact with teenagers when he was in his thirties.

When Moore wins this election, I suggest that all Senate pages and interns stay away from his office.

Opioid Lawsuit:

MTN News reported yesterday that Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced on Monday that his office filed a consumer protection lawsuit in Montana District Court against Purdue Pharma LLC for what it says is “ongoing deceptive marketing practices involving its prescription opioids, including OxyContin.”

I’m skeptical about Fox’s announcement.

While I will agree there is a problem with opioid abuse, this lawsuit could be a big moneymaker for those who file lawsuits against the makers of opioids.

Plus, never underestimate the fact that Fox is a politician. He will take any chance he can to promote himself and gain valuable publicity for future campaigns. Some folks in Helena say the most dangerous place to be in Helena is between Fox and a television camera.

Heisman Trophy Finalists:

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville, and Stanford running back Bryce Love were chosen as finalists for the 83rd Heisman Trophy on Monday night. (ESPN)

I hope Jackson or Love win it. Mayfield’s off and on-field antics do not fit well with the Heisman mission, which is:

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winners of the trophy epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust’s mission is to ensure the continuation and integrity of this award.

Mayfield is 22 years old and acts like he is 12. He is not mature enough to be a Heisman winner.

In February of this year, he was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing, according to the Washington County (Arkansas) sheriff’s office. (ESPN)

In November Mayfield was caught on camera grabbing his crotch and dropping some f-bombs against Kansas football players. (CBS Sports)

Mayfield is a good football player, but his lack of maturity and integrity on and off the field should prevent him from winning the Heisman.



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