By A.D. Carter
‘Follow me and we will bring the whole F***ing system down,” is how Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller ended his ten minute follow-up video Sunday. In this same video, Lt. Col. Scheller resigned from his position in the United States Marine Corps, stating his resignation was, “effective immediately.”
In his first original viral video posted to facebook, Lt. Col. Scheller asked top leadership for accountability for its failure in handling the situation in Afghanistan. Americans, Afghan Americans, and our allies have been left behind with their lives at risk to that of the Taliban. Scheller, along with many other service members, politicians and citizens around the globe, are outraged over the handling of our departure from Afghanistan.
Scheller’s resignation from the Marine Corps doesn’t mean it should be the end of his very valid questioning about the accountability of the Defense Department leadership’s role in its failed Afghanistan withdrawal.
Is it wrong to hold those accountable who have failed the will of the people and have caused heartbreak to those families who have lost loved ones due to the way we departed Afghanistan?
On April 27th 1961 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, President John F. Kennedy gave one of his most significant speeches “The President and The Press.” President Kennedy announced that “No official of my administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes, or to withhold from the press and the public what they deserve to know.”
This quotation seems to be in contradiction with what is currently happening to Lt. Col. Scheller. He has been attacked for voicing his opinion by top ranking officials. He knew he would face backlash from his superiors but he spoke out anyways. They called for his resignation and he obliged.
But he isn’t the only one facing the silence. It seems as if our current Administration is trying to silence those who are expressing their grievances. This is happening on social media, as well as the failure of the administration to address the very real concerns about the U.S. withdrawal from its longest war.
Chrissy Clark from The Daily Wire disclosed a letter regarding Scheller’s public video,
“In an email dated August 23, the Office of Naval Intelligence’s (ONI) Chief of Staff told members that per a Uniform Code of Military Justice and Department of Defense Directive clause, they cannot disrespect senior government leadership. This includes the president, vice president, Congress, and the secretary of defense, among others.”
Is this what we have come to? A nation where opinions are silenced? A nation where mistakes and malfeasance are covered up? These are not the ideals and values President Kennedy expressed in his speech.
As a new administration you should have the humility to admit when you’ve done wrong, just as the Biden administration has. The Biden administration has lost at a game of chess giving up military equipment to the Taliban and put many of innocent lives at risk. President Biden would be smart to look at the past administrations and learn from their mistakes. Whether you have been in politics for five years or 40 years we can all learn something from one another. If President Biden can take away one thing from the catastrophic failure in Afghanistan it is what President Kennedy stated. No member of President Biden’s administration including the military should cover up the mistakes made, their transparency is required if they want to regain the trust of the American people.
Lt. Col. Scheller only asked for accountability to be held and for honesty from the administration. Scheller served 17 years in the armed forces and has laid his life on the line to protect our freedoms here in The United States of America. To be reprimanded by those who are supposed to be there in support of him seems to be that of what a fascist government would do.
NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants
New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.
The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.
Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.
In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.
The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.
The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2025 underscores a commitment to supporting asylum seekers, with significant allocations directed towards housing and legal assistance. The proposal has met with opposition from Republicans, who argue for prioritizing legal residents and taxpayers in the allocation of state resources. Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt contends that limited resources should be reserved exclusively for those who have contributed to the state’s tax base.
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