“GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE”
February 8, 2020
Last evening the “usual suspects” in the media and elsewhere were outraged that our freshly-acquitted president would have the “temerity” to fire two folks who were supposed to be working for him, but who instead sought to bring him down. The “usual suspects” even referred to the president’s action (solemn duty, in reality) as “what a mob boss would do.” Please!
As officer candidates in 1960, we had to memorize certain quotations that would guide our conduct and behavior as good officers. Upper classmen could stop any lowerclassmen at any time and require them to recite any of the quotations. Failure to do so correctly would earn the unlucky fellow demerits, and enough demerits would get you tossed from the program. In my class more than 120 good men, mostly NCOs, qualified to enter the program, but fewer than 90 got their gold bars. “Hubbard’s Pledge of Loyalty” was one of the quotations that served me well and that I remember to this day:
“…If you work for a man, in heaven’s name work for him! If he pays you wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him — speak well of him, think well of him, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of the time, and the rest of the time work against him. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. If you must vilify, condemn and eternally disparage, why resign your position and, when you are outside, damn to your heart’s content. But, I pray you, so long as you are a part of an institution, do not condemn it. Not that you will injure the institution – not that – but when disparage the concern of which are a part, you disparage yourself. More than that, you are loosening the tendrils that hold you to the institution, and the first high wind that comes along, you will be up-rooted and blown away in the blizzard’s track – and probably you will never know why…”
An officer in uniform takes a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution and to obey the president and officers appointed over him/her…. Lt. Col. Vindman – holding a mid-level rank among the officer grades – and who was working on White House staff as a member of the National Security Council — tried to take down President Trump — got the axe – finally – and this, somehow, was unexpected? Was an “outrage?”
The odious backstabbing, disloyal, poseur is (was) no hero and he should be drummed out of the Army’s officer corps. He is unworthy and he violated his oath and the chain of command. Such violations are covered in the Manual for Courts Martial. Vindman’s commanding officer should bring charges immediately or he/she should be sacked. How are we to maintain good order and discipline in the ranks if a middling officer can try to defame and bring down the Commander-in-Chief?
And the worst part of all this is that this disloyal, mid-level hater of the man he is sworn to support and defend — simply disagreed with his boss’s boss’s boss over presidential policy and prerogatives! You can’t make this up. And even worse, at last night’s Democrat “debate” Joe Biden asked the audience to stand and applaud for this miscreant – as if Vindman were a hero!
The President also canned the U.S. Ambassador to the EU, who was also disloyal and complicit in the trumped-up (funny) impeachment hoax. After the Russia hoax and the impeachment hoax, one would pray that the nonsense would cease, yet it appears that some in the Congress want to start it all over again. For shame.