I was appalled after I read about how Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) decided to use her time at the podium to ‘dress down’ a member of our military.
First, General Michael Walsh used proper military protocol to address the Senator, “Ma’am” and of course “Sir” is the standard for addressing a superior. However, having read a number of blogs both for and against Senator Boxer, the argument that Ms. Boxer is somehow a superior to BG Walsh is absurd, and is in my opinion what is wrong with many of the members of Congress. The last time I checked, only the President of the United States and his cabinet fall within the Chain of Command. Ms. Boxer, although a Senator, is not the General’s superior in any form.
Which leads me to her last comment, about how hard she worked to get her title?
Let’s see how hard she worked compared to General Walsh:
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
BG Michael Walsh, U.S. Army
|Graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA in Economics||Graduated from Polytechnic Institute of New York with a BS in Civil Engineering, MS degree in Construction Mgmt from University of Florida|
|Stockbroker, California||2LT, Engineer Officer’s Basic & Advanced Courses, Basic Parachutist Training (Airborne School)|
|Journalist, Pacific Sun||Various Assignments from 2LT to CPT, deployed around the world|
|Marin County Board of Supervisors||CPT, Company Commander, 94th Engineer Battalion
MAJ, Contruction Officer, 18th Engineer Brigade
|U.S. House of Representatives||LTC-COL, Various Commands throughout the world, including Project Management Officer, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)|
|U.S. Senate||COL, Chief of Staff, Corp Headquarters, Washington D.C.|
|U.S. Senate, Chairman of Environment and Public Works||BG, Commander, Corps’ South Atlantic Division during Hurricane Katrina
Commander, Mississippi Valley Division, President-designee MRC
It’s obvious Ms. Boxer was able to successfully negotiate the political process and get elected, and was honored by the people with her respective titles; on the other hand BG Michael Walsh had to actually “EARN” his stars!
The ‘Junior’ Senator from California would do well to remember that when it comes time for election.