It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
I almost wasn’t going to do a Who Won the Week post this week because these are very dark days in America. Consider what is going on in Portland, Oregon, where federal agents have been employing violent and constitutionally dubious tactics against protesters, including firing “less-than-lethal” munitions into crowds, and driving around the city in unmarked vans to yank protesters off the streets. Yes, in the United States of America, U.S. citizens are being kidnapped and held by agents of the United States government. WTF?
But in the midst of what is happening to this once great country, there was one item that caught my attention that I thought was positive. So this week I am declaring that the Department of Defense, colloquially referred time as “the Pentagon,” won the week.
I know you’re thinking that Fandango has lost his mind. Or that this is some kinda sick joke. But I’m sane and serious and here’s why I chose the Pentagon as this week’s winner.
As you probably know, Donald Trump has made no secret of his opposition to banning the Confederate flag, which he considers to be an important symbol of American history and culture. He has been critical of NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag, saying he views flying the flag as “freedom of speech.”
So it was a bit of a surprise this week when the Secretary of Defense and Trump appointee Mark Esper announced that the Pentagon unveiled a new policy that effectively bans the display of the Confederate flag — without actually naming it — at American military bases.
The official language simply lists the types of flags that are allowed to be displayed, including the American flag, the flags of the U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia, military flags, and those of America’s allies.
“The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols,” Esper wrote in the memo.
Finally there are some — too few, but some — in the Trump Administration who seem willing to stand up to Donald Trump. It’s about fucking time.
Now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?