My Protest Letter to the Association of Graduates
June 10, 2020
Mr. Todd Browne, President West Point Association of Graduates 698 Mills Road West Point, NY 10996
Dear Mr. Browne,
Help! The swamp in Washington DC continues to drain into West Point.
George W. Bush bubbled up in 2017 to receive the Sylvanus Thayer Award. How the Association of Graduates could have considered the likes of Bush, a war criminal and liar, to have the character and achievements that “draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives” is a riddle wrapped in an enigma.
Another riddle wrapped in an enigma is what is slithering ashore this Saturday to slime the West Point Graduation. A self-invited guest-speaker, he has recently been compared to Winston Churchill (by something called the “White House”) for standing in front of a church holding a bible. While Trump may not receive an award on Saturday—except perhaps a baseball cap—the merchandise he peddles is toxic—and even depressing—for new graduates trained and dedicated to lead honorable lives. Herein lies one of many rubs.
Trump is particularly vulnerable to West Point no-no’s like lying, cheating and stealing, traits that become him on a daily basis. The fact that he is a linguistic buffoon incapable of completing coherent sentences. The fact that his mouth is foul. The fact that he abuses women. The fact that he is a racist. The fact that he is a serial adulterer. The fact that he abhors the truth. None of these “facts” seem to have been able to convince the Superintendent of West Point, a three-star general, to protect his troops from this afront to everything that West Point stands for. Or used to.
“Protect yourselves at all times,” say the boxing referees. This advice particularly applies this Saturday for the 1,123 graduates who will fall under the command of a mendacious commander-in-chief. My wish is for more than a few graduates to “take a knee,” to honor the multi-racial character of West Point. And to remind the self-invited guest-speaker of the seriousness of their purpose.