Just last week we shared with you our angst regarding the promotion to First Lieutenant of the avowed communist Army officer, Spenser Rapone. Many of you expressed your disbelief, some in very colorful ways. My point of contention was how could we expect an avowed communist to uphold the oath of office to support and defend our constitution?
Well, it is obvious that the US Army leadership heard your responses and took the right action. As reported by the Washington Times:
“Spenser Rapone, the former second lieutenant whose “Communism will win” photos went viral in 2017, has received an “other than honorable” discharge from the Army. The former West Point cadet who called himself “Commie Beebop” on Twitter rejoined civilian life without an honorable discharge. Mr. Rapone used the social media platform on Wednesday to promote an upcoming Socialism 2018 talk in Chicago titled “War Resister in the Ranks.”
“At Socialism 2018 I’ll be sitting down with with [sic] Spenser Rapone, the US Army Ranger, Afghan-war combat vet, recent West Point graduate, and now war-resister, who sparked nation-wide fury after publicly supporting Colin Kaepernick and Socialism during his West Point graduation,” Rory Fanning, also an ex-Ranger, tweeted Wednesday. “Deciding he could no longer stomach the immorality of US imperialism, he spoke out against the reprehensible actions of the military in September 2017. He ultimately resigned his commission, and was separated from the Army in June 2018 with an Other Than Honorable discharge.”I have no reservations in making this assertion: being a commissioned officer in our military is not consistent with having Marxist, socialist, communist ideological beliefs. Click To Tweet
Perhaps there is a bigger issue at play here, an ideological infiltration into the officer ranks of our US military. I have no reservations in making this assertion: being a commissioned officer in our military is not consistent with having Marxist/socialist/communist ideological beliefs. The members of our military take an oath to our rule of law, our constitution. That work establishes America as a Constitutional Republic. How can one take an oath to something that they ideologically wish to undermine?
We always hear that our military personnel are not supposed to openly engage in political activities, certainly not in uniform. However, there are many cases where left-leaning military members have done so. Case in point: the gay US Army Chaplain at Ft. Bragg, married to a criminal illegal immigrant scheduled for deportation. I also remember the big push to rescind “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” where gay and lesbian service men and women appeared in uniform at pro-LGBT rallies. Sadly, a young soldier with our US 3d Infantry Regiment “Old Guard” that I invited to CPAC was disciplined, and discharged from the Army, something I just recently learned about this year.Perhaps young Rapone should be paying back the American taxpayers for defaulting on that taxpayer-funded education he received at the United States Military Academy? Click To Tweet
I am quite sure the progressive, socialist, left is going to try to make Rapone some type of hero, or standard-bearer, just as with Bradley Manning. What I do find disconcerting is this strain of young, progressive, socialists graduating from West Point, such as Dan Helmer, running for congress in Virginia. Helmer is a West Point graduate who has gained infamy for a political advertisement comparing President Trump to Osama bin Laden. Can you imagine an Army officer comparing Roosevelt to Hitler, or Truman to Emperor Tojo, or John F. Kennedy to Nikita Khruschev?
This issue with Spenser Rapone issue is, perhaps, an indicator of a greater issue; a cancer that is metastasizing in our military. Heck, you have to ask: how could a former military officer be a Democrat candidate, or office holder, when the left — which owns the Democrat party — wants to repeal the Second Amendment? It must mean that, truthfully, they never did embrace the oath to “support and defend the Constitution.” They certainly do not believe that their oath of office has no expiration date. Perhaps young Rapone should be paying back the American taxpayers for defaulting on that taxpayer-funded education he received at the United States Military Academy?
Speaking of the Second Amendment: there’s one other aspect of Rapone’s other-than-honorable discharge. If he ever goes to purchase a firearm, he will have to answer a specific question, 11g on BATF Form 4473, as “yes” — Have you been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions? Rapone’s discharge should be entered into the system, unlike that of the Air Force Sutherland Springs shooter. Some may say that he did not get a dishonorable discharge. I say, it is a very thin line. But, one thing is for sure: all gun stores in America, and FFLs, should remember the name Spenser Rapone. He is not legally deserving to own firearms based upon question 11g. Then again, he does not ideologically believe in our Constitution anyway, including the Second Amendment.
And to all you progressive, socialist, detractors, I have an honorable discharge after 22 years of service to our nation in uniform.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.