There once was a time when you could not enter the military with a tattoo. The military had a view that “good, clean, wholesome” men don’t mark up their bodies with ink. Because recruiting in an all-volunteer military increasingly became more and more difficult, the military began to relax many of their standards. Only the Marine Corps kept their standards for the longest time.
There also was a time when anyone using drugs was not allowed into the military. Now, if recruits can get on some sort of program to “clean themselves up,” the military will bring them in on a case by case basis. Actually, the so-called “standards” of the military are constantly changing to enable each branch of the armed forces to meet their quotas of people needed for military service. The new, more practical policy our military leaders have adopted is simple. You can build all the ships and tanks you want, but it won’t do you any good if there are not enough people to operate and maintain them.
In the news lately have been stories about extremists among military ranks. Commie Cadet Spenser Rapone somehow came to the conclusion that Communism was a better form of government. When the Army became aware of his communistic views many years ago, they didn’t think it was any big deal. At first we were told that Rapone received a Congressional appointment to West Point, but a retired military member (Richard) corrected us saying, that Spenser Rapone had an enlisted appointment to the Military Academy, not a Congressional appointment. And, alluded to the fact that Rapone must have been a high-performing soldier before his appointment. At some point in Rapone’s life, he made a conscious decision to reject the principles of a constitutional republic in favor of Marxism.
During graduation ceremonies, Rapone decided to promote his Communist cause with a note in his cap, and a tee-shirt showing a picture of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the Argentine Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader.
The Army, is still wringing their hands on how to deal with personnel who embrace philosophies calling for the overthrow of the American government and the trashing of its Constitution.
Right about the two-year mark when Army officers are automatically promoted to 1st lieutenant, came the news that Spenser Rapone was being booted out with an other-than-honorable discharge.
FROM THE EXTREME LEFT TO THE EXTREME RIGHT
Now another military member with extremist ideas on the opposite end of the scale pops up on the radar. Lance Corporal Vasillios Pistolis, USMC was identified/labeled as a neo-Nazi and assailant during August 2017’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Pistolis eventually was convicted at a summary court-martial on charges of disobeying orders and making false statements. Pistolis, 19, will be imprisoned for a month, docked pay and reduced in rank to private first class, and then likely forced out of the Marine Corps.
The various military branches have regulations barring members from participating in racial extremist groups, but military officials are keeping it secret as to what actually prompted the court martial. Pistolis is assigned to the 2nd Marine Logistics group, which operates out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Pistolis’s term of enlistment goes until 2020, but according to a spokesman at the Pentagon, Pistolis was being “processed for separation” from the Corps.
Last month, ProPublica and Frontline investigative news teams revealed Pistolis’ involvement with the Atomwaffen Division and Traditionalist Worker Party, two of the most militant groups in the neo-Fascist movement. According to these news sources, in the past 13 months, Atomwaffen Division members and associates have been charged in five murders and a bomb plot.
A photograph taken at the North Carolina rally show Pistolis clubbing an unidentified counter-protester with a wooden flagpole.
The question that must be asked is; does the military have anymore people like Rapone on the left and Pistolis on the right? Are there left and right wing members of Congress who are recommending nut cases get into the various service academies? Remember, most Americans didn’t know just how corrupt the FBI has become until early 2018. We always thought the FBI was enforcing the law. It turns out many in the upper echelon were breaking the law, and threw the ethical rule book right out the window.
If our FBI has been infiltrated with extremists willing to thwart the will of the American people for who they want to be President, then has our military also been affected as well? And, if so… how is the military handling these situations? How many of these clowns are in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard? In a country that espouses Free Speech, can people be removed from the military for simply having a different belief? Common sense would probably say yes, especially if they want to destroy the very Constitution they were sworn to protect.
Our gut tells us there are more, perhaps many more of these nut cases wearing military uniforms. And if there are crazy people like this in the military, how many have been promoted and to what rank? Should we be afraid, or should we have confidence the military has everything well in hand? Can we rely on the military to tell us how many people in the service are devout commies or neo-nazis?
Out thanks to reader “Daniel” for alerting us to this story.