Seth Connell reports that a recent graduate from West Point Military Academy just did an incredible disservice to the uniform he wears and the country he claims to serve, and now he’s paying for it.
Second Lt. Spenser Rapone snapped several pictures of himself showing solidarity with Kaepernick’s anti-police statements (that have now turned into nothing more than an anti-Trump movement). The pictures were posted online and gathered a great deal of attention (the posts have since been deleted).
Apparently Communism is the answer to our problems, especially those of officer-involved shootings. Nevermind the fact that we’ll then have to deal with food shortages, destruction of any semblance of freedom, and then killing of those who dissent.
Apparently, Che Guevara is a fantastic role model, so he had to double down by touting Che’s face underneath his uniform. I wonder what Black Lives Matter and GLAAD would have to say about that, given that Che murdered blacks and gays indiscriminately.
The punk kid’s posting is coming back to bite him though, as making political statements while in uniform is against the military’s code of conduct.
The New York Post now reports that Army officials are now investigating the matter, and have condemned Rapone’s statements for being inappropriate.
Army officials issued a statement Tuesday, condemning Rapone’s actions.
“The U.S. Military Academy strives to develop leaders who internalize the academy’s motto of Duty, Honor, Country, and who live the Army values. Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army,” the statement said.
“As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct, and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform. Second Lieutenant Rapone’s chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter. The academy is prepared to assist the officer’s chain of command as required.”
Rapone is known for his avowed Socialistic beliefs, and has never been one to back down from his (downright totalitarian) ideological leanings.
He has admitted to being a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and even posted pictures in the past showing his membership card — alongside his military name patch.
The DSA account expressed solidarity with him after the incident.
Let there be no doubt that we have unequivocal solidarity with and pride in Spenser. He’s an exceptional soldier ✊️🌹 https://t.co/o7UBSVlG1A
— DSA Veterans 🌹 (@DSAVeterans) September 26, 2017
Not only that, but he even went so far off the rails as to complain about the military’s hierarchical structure that reify capitalism/imperialism.
I don’t know what this punk kid is doing in the military if he’s going to rail against hierarchy, because that’s how armies work. Anything other than a hierarchical structure would be the downfall of that army when going into combat. The idea of equality in a military setting is simply asinine; I know that, and I have never even been in the military myself.
Not only is the Army investigating the incident, but even his father has disavowed his actions.
As Treasurer of Lawrence County Pennsylvania, he made a statement on his Facebook page saying that while he still loves his son, he strongly disapproves of the path he is taking.
Spenser deployed to Afghanistan shortly after high school, and then later went on to West Point. Something had apparently changed while overseas though.
He will probably not have a good time following this incident. The Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibits this kind of display, and we can be fairly sure that he won’t be getting away with this kind of nonsense.
But will West Point demand that he pay them back for his time there? We can only dream…