This past weekend, 8/15/2021, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban. Much is being made about the parallels between the fall of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975, and the events in Kabul yesterday.
Here is a personal parallel. I served for two tours as an Army helicopter pilot in South Vietnam. More recently, my son served for two tours as an Army helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. Today, both of us remember our Army friends who never came home or who came home with grievous injuries that have affected them for the rest of their lives.
And it is the same for several thousand Alameda County veterans who served in Afghanistan during the past twenty years. Their service and sacrifice have been rendered meaningless in a matter of a few days.
And another parallel: The collapse of South Vietnam began in August 1974 when a Democrat controlled congress voted to stop all assistance to the country. By the end of the year North Vietnam began a conventional invasion of South Vietnam. The collapse of Afghanistan began the day President Biden announced all US forces would leave the country by the end of this month.
It gets much worse. The collapse of Kabul has encouraged our enemies once again. One day what we faced in Afghanistan and Iraq will seem insignificant in comparison to what we will face. What will we do?
- Doug Miller, ACRP Central Committee
On 8/7, CAGOP delegates voted 90% to not make a formal endorsement out of 753 votes. The chairwoman confirmed four candidates met the prescreening of 200 supporting delegates. Delegates pre-voted for as many as desired among the Republican candidates. The counts of the top four were not provided. The top four in alphabetical order are:
Larry Elder https://youtu.be/jpPcjzv1KRk
Kevin Faulconer https://youtu.be/_zagYaL9E3k
Kevin Kiley https://youtu.be/lpjEGlXnI2E
Doug Ose Had Heart Attack on 8/15 and withdrew from race on 8/17
- Harry Briley, AD16 Chair for Central Committee
If you are like me, every morning when I turn on the news, there is another story about parents gathering at school board meetings across the country to protest the addition of topics like Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, and more graphic sex education information. Most recently, parents are also protesting the requirement that masks be worn in school.
Yesterday the San Ramon Valley Unified School District held its first meeting of the new school year. About 75 visitors attended the meeting to deliver a single message: Let parents decide whether their children should wear masks to school.
Two local TV stations ran stories last night. The TV coverage is surprisingly wide. As we walked out of the meeting yesterday, one of the reporters asked us if we supported mask mandates in schools. She told us she had been unable to find anyone to interview who supported continued mask mandates. Those news clips can be found here:
I joined their efforts this morning. I recommend that the Alameda County Republican Party organize a county wide effort to learn about school curriculum and school policies in our local schools.
There are 18 public school districts in Alameda County. About 10 ACRP members and volunteers can collect important information on topics such as critical racial theory and mask policy and let voters know. We could help organize protests at school board meetings like the meeting yesterday in Danville.
We have recruited five volunteers for this new ACRP committee. Will you help us? Please let me know as soon as possible. We can meet, organize and make plans through Zoom.
Please contact me!
Doug Miller, Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Alameda County, 925.998.9905
Don't miss this event! Meet your fellow Republicans at a beautiful location in the East Bay hills. Enjoy hearing from speakers who have won elections in California, and have a lot of wisdom to share with us.
This weekend we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our nation. Memorial Day began just after the Civil War when families decorated the graves of soldiers from both sides of the conflict. About 620,000 soldiers died while serving during the Civil War. The population of the United States was about one tenth of what it is today. Thus, in terms of today’s population, that is the equivalent of more than six million deaths.
About ten years ago, Gold Star mother Diane Layfield explained to me why, year after year, she would painfully recount the story of her son’s valiant sacrifice. She told me about an old saying. “Warriors die twice. Once on the battlefield and once again when they are finally forgotten.” As we anticipate a joyous summer, let us pause to remember our blessings especially those borne by the ultimate sacrifice of our service members.
Lance Corporal Travis Layfield was killed on April 6, 2004 while serving with the United States Marine Corps in Iraq.
- Douglas Miller, Central Committee Member, AD16