Thu, 18 Jun 2009 17:27:12 +0000 – By Chuck DevoreCalifornia Assemblyman, Candidate for United States Senate, 2010
What is it about liberals and the military? Why are liberals uncomfortable with the military? Why do some liberals apparently despise our military? Is it because the armed services remind them that not every international dispute can be solved with soothing words uttered by a diplomat? Is it because they view military expenditures as taking money away from greater health and welfare spending?
The latest liberal-military confrontation occurred in a hearing room on Capitol Hill on June 16, 2009 when Brigadier General Michael Walsh called California's junior senator "Ma'am" - a perfectly acceptable sign of military respect to both a U.S. Senator or a senior female officer.
Boxer cut her political teeth on the anti-Vietnam war protests around the Bay Area back in the day and never really changed her outlook on the uniformed defenders of the Constitution of the United States.
What happened next was remarkable. Barbara Boxer immediately dressed down the general officer, saying, "I had a... You know... do me a favor, could you say 'Senator' instead of 'Ma'am' - it's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you."
According to the U.S. Army's own guide to protocol, Members of the U.S. Senate should be verbally addressed as "Sir," "Ma'am" or "Senator." So, General Walsh was simply following longstanding tradition.
To read Mr. DeVore's complete piece on Bully! Pulpit,click here.
Chuck DeVore (R.-Irvine) represents 500,000+ people in Orange County, California. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after 24-years of service in the Army National Guard and is a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010 against Barbara Boxer.