"Duty, Honor, Country' – those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be...
The code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral law and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promoted for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right, and its restraints are from the things that are wrong...
Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men's minds. But serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation's war guardians, as its lifeguards from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiators in the arena of battle.
Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our process of government: whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing indulged too long, by federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as firm and complete as they should be; thse great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a tenfold beacon in the night: Duty, Honor, Country...."
Douglas MacArthur, Farewell Address at West Point
In this current crisis, it is time for civilian voices to be heard. No matter what party they belong to, John and Joan Q. Citizen must echo the moral code of the soldier: 'Duty, Honor, Country.' As citizens, we have the responsibility, no, the duty, to hold our elected officials to the highest standards – to perform their duties in accordance with the rule of law.
John and Joan Q. Citizen know what needs to be done. But do they have the honor, the integrity, to say and do what's right for the good of the country? The soldier has to say, "Mine is not to reason why; mine is but to do or die." Our Congressional Representatives must pledge allegiance to their party or they may not get re-elected. Half of them say, "Impeach! Impeach! Impeach!" The other half says, "Yes Sir, Yes Sir! Three Bags Full," while thinking, "Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!" What do John and Joan Q. Citizen have to say? What should they say?
Clearly, we are in a crisis! These are the times that try men's souls....
We, as citizens, must strip away our party affiliation, re-examine our own moral code, and apply it to the situation at hand.
If President Obama, or any other President, solicited foreign interference to help win a Presidential Election, would we impeach him?
If President Obama, or any other President, withheld military aid to a country at war with Russia until that country investigated a political opponent in an upcoming election, would we impeach him?
If the President obstructed justice while impeding an investigation of his actions, would we impeach him?
Civilians have a moral code they must abide by too. Most Democrats, I believe, would choose country over party. And if President Obama did all the actions above, Democrats, I believe, would still want him impeached; no one, not even President Obama, is above the law. The question is, do Republicans have that same moral code. Will they choose country over party?
This is the final roll call. Let your voice be heard.
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