What Happened to Duty, Honor, and Country?

Each and every person who holds any office of the United States takes a solemn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. That includes the President, the Vice President, and all the Senators and Representatives in the Congress. It also includes every officer in the United States military. It is not an oath to be taken casually or for purposes of evasion.

53 years ago, I took that same oath when I was commissioned an officer in the U. S. Army. The oath does not expire. I am still bound by it and it takes precedence over all other personal monetary and career considerations. I also expect our Senators and Representatives to honor it, regardless of their personal political considerations.

Shame on those Republican Senators and Representatives who place their reelection fears above their honor and their duty to the Constitution and our Nation! The events of January 6th unfolded on national TV (even Fox) in front of all of us. They cannot be rationalized away and they must never be allowed to occur again. Politicians must be taught to tremble at any thought of crossing that line. I had once been a 4th-generation Republican. I am unlikely to trust the GOP again.

On Saturday, February 13th, all but 7 Republican Senators voted to acquit Donald J. Trump of the charges for which he had been impeached. After this cowardly violation of their oaths, Mitch McConnell stated to the world that former President Trump was responsible for inviting the insurrectionist mob to Washington, DC, for inciting the mob to attack the Capitol, and for dereliction of his duties as Chief Executive after the mob threatened the lives of the Vice President, the Capitol Police, and the members of Congress and their staffs. He further stated that he voted to acquit because he believed that the Senate had no authority to convict a former President after he had left office — an issue that had already been resolved by a majority vote of the Senate and many conservative Constitutional scholars. In Army Officer Candidate School that kind of equivocation was called quibbling, an offense for which an officer candidate would have been dismissed as being unfit to be an officer.

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