In my earlier post about the Navy League, my writing was sufficiently careless and ambiguous as to imply that the Navy League is a lobbying group. It isn’t. It is a 501(c)(3) organization “dedicated to nonpartisan, enhanced public understanding of the missions and challenges facing today’s Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine, as well as advocating for the well-being of the men and women of each service.”
What I meant to say, and I’ve since updated my post to say, is that the Navy League’s contribution to the military’s strength is one of morale. In a country with a constitutional military, that military cannot be successful if the citizens hate or fear it. Nor can that same military sound credible when it appears before Congress if the man on the street is marching against it. By educating the public about the sea faring aspects of our military, the Navy League provides the moral weight that helps any nation’s military carry out its missions.
So ten lashes with a wet noodle for me, and my profound mea culpas to you.