Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is cleaning house at the State Department, according to a report.
Staffers in the offices of deputy secretary of state for management and resources as well as counselor were shown the door Thursday, according to CBS News.
Many of those let go were on the building’s seventh floor — top-floor bigs — a symbolically important sign to the rest of the diplomatic corps that their new boss has different priorities than the last one.
The staffing changes came as Tillerson was on his first foreign trip — attending a G-20 meeting in Bonn, Germany.
“As part of the transition from one administration to the next, we continue to build out our team. The State Department is supported by a very talented group of individuals, both Republicans and Democrats,” State Department spokesman RC Hammond told CBS.
“We are appreciative to any American who dedicates their talents to public,” he added.
This week’s round of firings marks the second time State Department personnel have been cleared out since President Trump took office last month.
Will this mean the end of abortion and contraceptives being our primary diplomatic duty?
Jerry ... The confirmation of Tillerson as SecState means the end of most Obama-era wrong-headed policies. I'm not as hard over on assisting Third World countries with contraception as are you -- the poor bastards can't feed the kids they have -- but I'm with you on the abortion issue.
As we have discussed many times, the policies of Comrade-Imam Obama harmed the US in almost more ways than we laymen can count, but President Trump laid out his foreign policy philosophy and priorities on his campaign web page and each of those priorities is a winner. Everyone should go back and re-read that extraordinary document.
Having Mr. Tillerson as SecState gives our President the right tool to reshape both policy and the State Department itself.
A friend who works in the diplomatic corps is between foreign postings, attending language & culture training and she is elated at the 'blood letting on the 7th Floor.' Obama's people who have burrowed into the DOS merit service and diplomatic corps are enemies of the people who live in America ... they are among the 'hyphenators' who seek to divide us at home and separate the US from its friends while buddying-up to those who wish us ill.
That stuff is coming to an end ... Mr. Tillerson has much to do before the DOS functions correctly again -- for the first time in decades, actually, but with he and Trump leading the way, remission from the Obama Disease is possible.
Jim - A really brilliant analysis supported by folks you know in the business.
As a Catholic, I'm pretty ingrained with the sanctity of human life and the primary purpose of sexual relations between a man and wife. The fun comes with it, of course.
IMO, stressed populations tend to overpopulate. If peoples were allowed to discover, develop and apply their God-given and infinite range of gifts and talents, they would be too busy to make so many babies. The USA has been so blessed to provide the proper environment when disregarding the negative effects of progressivism of the left.
Besides, wearing a condom is like going to bed with your socks on.
Preventing pregnancy has nothing to do with the 'sanctity of life' ... it merely prevents conception; after which there is a living being with a soul.
You're totally wrong about "If peoples were allowed to discover, develop and apply their God-given and infinite range of gifts and talents, they would be too busy to make so many babies." Humans, by our nature, will continue to breed above the 2.0 level until they become so affluent that children become a distraction from self-gratification. That's reality, not religious-think.
Were it not for Muslims breeding like rats, some regions in prosperous Western Europe would be devoid of humans in 50 years -- because relatively speaking, those Western Europeans have discovered their God-given and infinite range of talents and they're too busy to make enough babies to replace themselves and sustain their cultures.
Long-lasting hormonal contraception is the only way to get Third & Fourth World (the actual standard world -- the 20 or so economically advanced nations are an anomaly in the human condition) populations under control without without resorting to murder of the not yet born. Condoms in the standard world are laughable -- men won't use them and women don't like them.
Trust me -- I've been there.
Jim - I love your reasoning and am with you most of the way. Above 2.0 is a must for a population to survive. The religious and ultimately societal requirement for the marriage act is to be open to life. Contraception is exactly the opposite - contra.
While I can't quote the source other than a right to life group, there is an enzymatic reaction between the bodily fluids of the male and female in the marriage act that creates a bonding intended for the development, nurturing and protection of any offspring. The bonding is between the mating couple - as stated in Genesis, "...the two become one flesh.". Surely it effects the female more than the male, but it's there. "Hygamous hagamus. woman's monogamous. Hagamus bygamous, man is polygamous."
If true, and I believe it is, the contracepting couple prevent the necessary bonding needed for proper child-rearing - and a bond of fidelity between them. What's the commitment between co-habitating, contracepting pairs except the joys of orgasm? Everything else is ancillary - rent, utilities, laundry, etc.
I still maintain that the ultimate hope for human population groups is to find ways they can develop their innate gifts and talents. Muslim "breeding like rats" is a stress put on them by their theocratic religion. No one is free to make bad decisions - or even good ones - just what the imam says.
Ah, the human comedy...
;' / since ya'll are discussing fertility rates, here's an interesting link;
..with a very interesting/profound chart included, and the fertility rate per nation - ours riding at around 1.9 for a couple decades or so
I've read 2.2 is the tipping point for economic sustainability
I'll stand on my viewpoint - certainly subject to ongoing course corrections.
Your points are certainly not inaccurate, but they are all cause and effect - not in the better application of the free will humans are endowed with.
Women "finding themselves" is a major effect of the feminist movement. I've seen it many times - including my own ex-daughter-in-law and a friend who committed suicide a month ago, leaving two fine boys and a wife who was in the process of "finding herself." Here's a 1980 example of cause and effect as battle over the ERA was raging.
"... but with he and Trump leading the way, remission from the Obama Disease is possible."
Hi Jim Coles III. I agree. Remission is possible. But for long lasting cure against older Constitutional injuries and Obamination flare-ups, I suggest an innoculation through a Convention of States. IMO
...or it could be done w/o a COS, exercising Article V as the initial phases of the 21st amendment repealing the 18th was done - before congress took charge before that process could come to fruition and set a precedent congress didn't want set. Repealing the poisonous amendments (14th,16th,17th) to the original intent of the constitution would be good candidates for doing it again.
the current COS has been demonstrating that the politicians gathered cannot do a COS as you describe and should be done. They've got wild ideas about COS, like it becoming a permanent method of states influencing fed/gov laws.. essentially another branch of government. Which is insane, the states can get their proper influence back just by repealing the 17th. ...but that's not how politicians think, obviously more government is always good in their eyes.
"They've got wild ideas about COS, like it becoming a permanent method of states influencing fed/gov laws.. essentially another branch of government."
When nothing else works, grasping at straws starts looking good! But of course you are right, the CoS life perserver, is not to be repurposed as a continually live short to jump start a failing system. If that happened, the federal government would look suspiciously like a state direct-democracy, supplanting Congress.
- SHUDDER -
A few shots carefully aimed, ought to be good use for Constitutional correction (Archie C B has GOT to be loving this). Otherwise, the root problem(s) would be too extensive for our poor Constitution. "Are you saying uprising may still be the ultimate solution?" Always has been. I advise all to not neglect their civic responsibilities (like being appraised of issues, and participating). You can see It really isn't an option. IMO