Incidents of social insanity have reached epidemic proportions to the point where it’s impossible to keep up with them. They are literally consuming and destroying our society. Some examples of our social insanity follow:
Those who can throw the ball, play the game. Those who can’t, armchair quarterback.
Recently an Air Force general overturned the sexual assault conviction for a star fighter pilot because he had nagging doubts about the accuser’s credibility. The Uniform Code of Military Justice UCMJ provides for such actions on the part of field officers in the chain of command. This was indeed the situation. So far no problem.
But some members of Congress and the Secretary of Defense are extremely unhappy with the general’s decision and logic because the decision conflicts with their personal presuppositions and political correctness. Consequently they’re calling for a change in military law. Some are actually calling for abolishing the entire UCMJ!
And therein lies the problem. They aren’t just asking to review the facts of this specific situation, but are willing to discard core parts of a codicil that has served our country admirably for centuries – all in the name of emotional momentary personal satisfaction. Such irrational rush to judgment and overreaction happens all too frequently in our media and political leadership, and is a sure sign of social insanity.
Perhaps the members of Congress are right; perhaps the General is right. No one really knows but God.
What we do know is that the UCMJ was designed to facilitate rapid justice, judgment, and penalty in a time of war and in remote theaters where we can’t spend years and years debating a case. As such, individual military leaders on-site must be given freedom, trust, and authority to make decisions – good and bad. And decisions they will make – both good and bad. Take away that freedom, and we’ll have a mindless, robotic military more concerned with political correctness and bullets from the back than bullets from the enemy. Such a military is geared to lose wars instead of win them. Does anyone care?
Thus, when one military leader makes a call that displeases the armchair quarterbacks in Washington (a situation certain to happen), the armchair quarterbacks don’t just cry “Foul!” and complain about the poor call. Instead they issue knee-jerk reactions demanding fundamental changes in the rules and the game itself – oftentimes successfully.
We saw this same mindset proudly pronounced as Nancy Pelosi quipped, “We have to pass the law to see what’s in it!”
All is not as it looks!