Breaking, former Washington State Senator Don Benton is being nominated to head the Selective Service System, aka to us older guys as “the draft.” Mr. Benton, although pro-military and pro-veteran, never served in any branch.
There currently is no draft in effect, the system was resurrected years ago just in case it was ever needed again.
In 2016, both the House and Senate saw bills introduced to abolish the Selective Service System.
Don has now gained national attention as MSNBC chimes in: Trump puts a salesman in charge of the draft
While I understand their angst with Trump, the comment of Benton being allowed to run his business while serving as a State Senator comes across as petty, considering our elected legislators are part-time and nearly every single one, regardless of party has a job or runs a business outside of the legislature.
Update April 18, 2017: A Reflector article, Benton’s role in D.C. changes states,
“Although he himself never served, Benton brought up that he comes from a military family, with his father being a naval officer who helped prepare for the invasion of Normandy in World War II and both of his older brothers being veterans themselves.”
“I don’t think you will find anyone who understands the commitment and the sacrifice more than I do,” Benton said.
As I have said many times in regards to both Democrat and Republican officials and candidates, what your relatives did has no bearing on you. That is their valor and service.
What matters is what you did.
I dislike it greatly when anybody tries to stand on a relatives service to make up for their own lack of service.
Sorry, but as we Vietnam Veterans often say, “If you didn’t go, you wouldn’t know.”