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‘The Powers That Be’: Lawful Authority, Honorable Service and a Cursed Traitor

Posted on | August 22, 2013 | 61 Comments

My soldier son and his mother at Fort Benning.

Our night-owl friend Ali — who lately has kept a Dracula-style sleep schedule — stayed up past dawn to report that a deeply confused fool is more deeply confused than anyone previously suspected.

Regular readers know my Army son is currently training in hope of joining the elite Special Forces. My hatred of the traitor Manning is therefore perhaps as personal as it is patriotic.

Have I ever said a nice word about President Obama? Is there any policy of the current administration that I support? I think readers know the answer to those questions, and yet I was stirred with pride that day at Fort Meade when I watched my son swear the oath to obey the orders of his Commander-in-Chief. Obedience is the first duty of a soldier, and obedience must be rooted in respect for lawful authority.

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
Romans 13:1 (KJV)

And let all God’s children say, Amen.

Contrast this sense of duty — the honor of obedient service — to the traitor Manning’s selfish and arrogant disrespect for authority:

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy — the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, and the Japanese-American internment camps — to mention a few. I am confident that many of the actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.
As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

The traitor Manning’s citation of Zinn — a man infamous as a godless Commie — is characteristic: A generation that hates God is therefore disrespectful of all that is good and decent in this world. That such a traitor as Manning could have been trusted with our nation’s secrets is symptomatic of America’s descent into madness.

A mere private soldier who was then, as now, in the throes of severe mental illness, the traitor Manning nevertheless appointed himself a judge of the policy of his nation, arrogating to himself the authority to disobey his orders and breach his oath of service.

Attempting to make himself a hero in the eyes of his fellow fools — for no wise man could ever admire such a heinous a traitor — now Manning cites leftist history that he imagines will some day vindicate him.

Yet the traitor’s name shall always be cursed among men of honor. Every patriot must hate a lying coward who betrays his oath.

May God save the Republic, and may God bless America.




61 Responses to “‘The Powers That Be’: Lawful Authority, Honorable Service and a Cursed Traitor”

  1. TypoDynamofo
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    RT @rsmccain: “A generation that hates God is … disrespectful of all that is good and decent in this world.” #tcot

  2. DedraRussell
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    RT @rsmccain: “A generation that hates God is … disrespectful of all that is good and decent in this world.” #tcot

  3. La Pucelle
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    Oops, I left out “heteronormative”. Drat.

  4. Bob Belvedere
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    That Cicero cat was one wise dude.

    I’ve been working for The Gummit Man for over thirty years and I can tell you that hep Roman was [and still is] dead solid perfect.

  5. Bob Belvedere
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 7:41 pm


  6. Bob Belvedere
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 7:43 pm
  7. Federale
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 8:05 pm


  8. Federale
    August 26th, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    That makes you a heteronormativist!

  9. La Pucelle
    August 26th, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    Actually I think now it makes me a heteropatriarchist.

  10. Federale
    August 26th, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    You are both. And that makes you a racist as well. Congratulations, it also makes you a patriot!

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