By Miles Jaye
As a young man set to embark on a long and distinguished career of military service as a commissioned officer, Michael Flynn might have learned the Army Cadet Song. “I am an Army cadet. Soon I will take an oath to become an Army Officer. Committed to defending the values which makes this nation great. Honor is my touchstone. I understand mission first and people always. I am the past, the spirit of those warriors who have made the final sacrifice. I am the present, the scholar and apprentice soldier enhancing my skills in the science of warfare and the art of leadership. But above all, I am the future, the future warrior leader of the United States Army. May God give me the compassion and judgement to lead and the gallantry in battle to win. I will do my duty.”
Upon receiving his commission as an officer of the United States Army he would have pledged this oath. “I, Michael Thomas Flynn, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Had he attended West Point Military Academy he would have been administered this pledge. “I, Michael Flynn, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and bear true allegiance to the National Government; that I will maintain and defend the sovereignty of the United States, paramount to any and all allegiance, sovereignty, or fealty I may owe to any State or Country whatsoever; and that I will at all times obey the legal orders of my superior officers, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”
As a West Point cadet, Flynn, as all cadets before and after him, would most certainly have had to honor and live by this code. “We will not lie, steal, or cheat nor tolerate anyone among us who does.”
This Academy code of conduct is so serious that punishment for any infraction is immediate expulsion.
The problem is, the irony is, the sad truth is, Lt. General Michael Thomas Flynn is a liar, convicted of making false statements (lying) to the FBI. That’s a felony. Today, outgoing President Donald J. Trump granted this turkey Full Immunity. One could say, Mike has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Oaths are a big deal in America. I recited one as a Cub Scout. Every General from Custer to Patton to Eisenhower and Powell have pledged oaths of allegiance to support the Constitution and to defend the United States, not any one individual state, but the United States. Barack Obama recited his Presidential oath twice for good measure. The Army Cadet song says, “Honor is my touchstone.”.
Could it be that honor is a thing of the past?
That’s what’s on my mind!