The title of this missive are words that have a very special meaning for me. It was on July 31, 1982 that I took my oath of service as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. It was an oath that I took freely and without any mental reservation whatsoever. It is the same oath that my dad, older brother, and nephew all took, in addition to many of my close lifelong friends, and that of some 45 young men and women last week at Georgia Military College. It is the same oath that some of you have taken, or perhaps you know someone who has taken this oath. It is the oath taken by those we honored, and remembered this past Memorial Day, who gave their last full measure of devotion.
Ladies and gents, this oath, once taken, does not have an end date, with no term of expiration. It is an oath that is binding, forever — that is, if this oath is a commitment, and a conviction, and not just a collection of words. The oath of office, and enlistment into our military is something unique because our men and women in uniform do not take an oath to a king, queen, president or prime minister — nor to any political party. No, we take an oath to our rule of law, that which defines this Constitutional Republic we call these United States of America.
And this is why the following story, which we have presented previously, is damn perplexing.
As reported by MilitaryCorruption.com (sad that one would think it oxymoronic):
“The United States Army is so impressed with Spenser Rapone, they decided to promote him to first lieutenant. Looks like the Commie Cadet is well on his way to become the first Army General who advocates the overthrow of the American Government.
Believe it or not, there are laws against those who advocate the overthrow of the Government. Specifically, 18 U.S. Code 2385 makes is pretty clear that whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or . . .
Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or . . .
Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
Everyone who is sworn into the American military has to take an oath of office which includes they won’t advocate the overthrow of the Government. It begs the question; can one be a devout Communist and not advocate the overthrow of the Government? In the old days, the military would error on the side of caution.”
How interesting. We imprison Army 1LT, Clint Lorance, for engaging, and killing, the enemy. Yet, the Army sets a deserter Bowe Bergdahl free. Not to mention commuting the sentence of a traitor, Bradley Manning, just because he suffers from a mental condition called gender dysphoria.
But, this, this is truly confounding, especially given the pictures from the West Point graduation of then-2LT Spenser Rapone with a Che Guevara t-shirt, and a note inside his cover stating “Communism Will Win.” How could our Army promote someone who is advocating for the overthrow of our Constitutional Republic? Yes, I think this is indeed a vital question: can a Marxist, Socialist, or Communist be a commissioned officer in the United States military? I say no, because the oath we take specifically says that “we will support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” How can one advocate for communism, and honor their oath of office? And why would the Army not clearly see the conflict of interest, and violations of uniform in Rapone, and his quite unauthorized under shirt?
Spenser Rapone is free to have his political beliefs. However, when those beliefs run in opposition to his oath as a commissioned officer, in my assessment and determination, he is not fit to serve in our military. If I am not getting this right, please tell me. But, explain to me, how can one lead our men and women in combat, supporting and defending something that they want to see undermined, overthrown, defeated? After all, young Spenser said it himself, “communism will win.” Who the heck wants someone espousing that to be leading our troops? I dang sure do not!What is happening in our Army? Where is the Secretary of the Army, and Chief of Staff of the Army? Constitutional crisis? Yes, this is one. Click To Tweet
What is happening in our Army? Where is the Secretary of the Army, and Chief of Staff of the Army? Constitutional crisis? Yes, this is one.
But, let’s ask an even greater question: can someone who embraces Marxism, socialism, and communism be an elected official, or even president, in these United States of America? After all, elected officials at the national level do take an oath of office to our Constitution. What if their political beliefs, or philosophy, is in opposition to that of our Constitutional Republic, can they abide by that oath? Sure, the first amendment provides us, citizens, with a freedom of expression, but what if that expression, that political expression runs contrary to our fundamental principles, values, and beliefs as an American Republic . . . can those individuals still serve as elected officials of this nation?
Spenser Rapone should not have been promoted to First Lieutenant in the US Army. Any non-PC investigation into the matter of his attire and sign at his graduation should have resulted in his Commission being revoked and his discharge from the US Army with a General Discharge. Young Spenser can be as big a communist as he wants . . . but not in the Army of my dad, the Army that I love, which has, as its motto, “This We’ll Defend.”
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.