I enjoy working on old cars. In fact, the first car my wife and I owned was a 1940 Chevy two door sedan, and our second vehicle was a 1975 JEEP CJ-5. Anyone who enjoys old cars knows that constant maintenance is required. Over time, you develop an ear for things that need addressed. The rattles, squeaks, and bumps that sometimes occur help draw attention to things that require attention.
For those who love the United States, a similar diligence is required. We know that our Constitution will operate as intended only if we remain attentive. As a result, those of us who are most passionate about preserving liberty can also become most easily distracted by the various rattles, squeaks, and bumps that pop up in the news or on social media each day.
When you own an old car, one of the worst things you can find is rust. Often, great damage has been done before rust is even detected. It works silently, and undermines the integrity of the vehicle every hour of every day. If left unchecked, body rust can utterly destroy an otherwise mechanically sound vehicle.
This week the news cycle was filled with an abundance of rattles, bumps and squeaks, but unless you were paying close attention you might have missed a story that revealed a serious rust problem.
According to an article in American Military News, a US Army Infantry Officer and West Point graduate is also a dedicated Marxist who “spreads communist propaganda relentlessly.” The article includes pictures of the Second Lt. with his uniform unbuttoned to reveal a Che Guevara t-shirt. Another picture shows him with a note taped inside his service cap that reads “communism will win.”
Anyone who has served in the military took an oath upon enlistment or appointment to service. In the same way, many who serve in non-military positions within the government are required to affirm an oath prior to assuming their duties. In both cases, the oath includes a promise to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
The tenants of communism are wholly incompatible with the fundamental principles our Constitution. Communism has always operated in clear opposition to the concept of liberty. An officer in our military who openly espouses support for a mass-murderer like Che Guevara, and who is committed to promoting communism, is reason for serious concern. It is also a good reminder that we must be diligent in our promotion of Constitutional principles at every opportunity.
As Ronald Reagan once said, “How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”
While it is important for us to stay engaged with the issues of the day, we should avoid the temptation to spend all our time arguing over which squeaks to fix, or which rattles are the worst, when there is rust aggressively working to corrode the entire system. We must never grow tired of working to preserve our founding principles and promoting our Constitutional Republic.