The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (303): Soldier on the Hill

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (303): Soldier on the Hill


norman lebrecht

February 04, 2021

A soldier guards the seat of democracy.

The song is Wayfaring Stranger.



  • V.Lind says:

    I imagine you are making a joke about “seats,” but even the implication that the seat of democracy is anywhere near Washington offends my sensibilities!

    • Greg Bottini says:

      Dear Ms. Lind,
      You know that you and I almost universally agree on things political, but I shall respectfully ask: where do you think the “seat of democracy” does lie?
      Please don’t think I’m trying to pick a fight with you!
      – regards, Greg

  • Sean says:


  • Roman says:

    Does democracy need to be protected by soldiers from its own people?

    • Bob says:

      It does if you’re talking about the U.S., where one of our two major political parties is made up of white supremacist seditionists and apologists.

    • WILLIAM S Gross says:

      These are National Guard soldiers. They have two statuses. Normally they are at the direction of the governor of the state in which they reside. He can call upon them to supplement any state agency that has a need. This includes law enforcement duties. They are a state agency in this case. Recent Federal laws allow NG from one state to be placed under the governor of another if his/her states NG can meet all the requirements. This is the current status

      Their other status is Federal Active duty. If called into Federal Service, they fall under command and control of the President. This includes the limits of the posse comitatus act which prohibits them from enforcing civilian law. Of, course there is one exception, the Insurection Act.

  • WILLIAM S Gross says:

    I tried to share this with a friend who works in the Five Sided Building in DC. DoD’s network filters would let it in.