It’s Just Some Words…

The original Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892. It has been revised more than once, but most notably in 1958. That was when the words “under God” were added to give it clarity and focus about the Nation to which we pledge our allegiance. To my knowledge the only people who want those words removed have claimed to be atheists offended by the mention of God.

Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. Gen Douglas MacArthur

The current debate at our Nation’s first service academy, the United States Military Academy at West Point, is over the removal of those three “hallowed words, Duty, Honor, Country” (the West Point motto since 1898), from the Mission Statement. I remind you that we have also seen the Cadet Honor Code converted to an “aspirational goal,” which many cadets apparently cannot achieve, aren’t expected to really aspire to, and nobody enforces when they don’t.

We have seen drug abuse; we have had communist supporting cadets allowed to graduate (yes, Cadet Rapone was only one of them); removal of historic names, statues and nomenclature which may possibly offend slaves, or people who don’t know history; cadets allowed to become “non-binary” transvestites, race baiting curriculum focused on dividing our military, rather than uniting it, and so on. Still, we were surprised at the Superintendent’s announcement that he has removed the three words synonymous with West Point, West Point ideals and West Point graduates. 

Know that the Mission Statement has also changed many times over the years, but it did not reach perfection until 1998… when those three hallowed words were added to improve clarity.

Very few people outside the academy staff seem to support this change. Most of the graduate community (aka, The Long Gray Line) do not. Conservatives and liberals both seem united in their opposition to this move. Others claim to be unconcerned but argue that it’s okay because those words were not in the mission statement when they were cadets “and we did fine without them.”

I believe that erasing “Duty, Honor Country” is like reverting to the original Pledge of Allegiance by removing the words “Under God.” 

Eliminating pesky reminders is more than a modest revision, it is a deliberate and symbolic attempt to remove focus from things which bother liberals… who have, by the way, taken over all the traditional American institutions which weave the fabric of our great Nation. What’s next ? My money says we’ll remove “In God We Trust” from our money and remove our motto, “E Pluribus Unum.”

Don’t tell me “it’s no big deal because I didn’t have it when I was a Cadet.” Don’t tell me “not to get upset over such a little thing.” 

Liberals, Communists, or whatever you want to call them, have been slowly and surely chipping away at the foundation of our nation for decades. They’ve destroyed the church, the Bill of Rights, the checks and balances, the Boy Scouts, the military, NATO, the Service Academies, Congress, the justice system, the school system, ethics and morality, and… America… 

I’ll get mad about it! If you’re not, you should be. 

B. A. Freeman

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2 thoughts on “It’s Just Some Words…”

  1. Well said. A symptom of liberalism, the deadliest disease known to mankind. You are so right, Freeman, it is destroying our country. One election won’t get it back. We have to keep fighting the good fight.

    • Thanks! I had some help refining my thoughts. But: the anger is genuinely mine.
      As a Cadet, I swore I would never begrudge West Point for improving things- no matter how easy it became. I have yet to say “The Corps Has (gone to hell)” over improvements like less classes, easier summers, and more vacation time… but this?! This is blasphemy they’re committing! They may as well move to Red Square.

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