A necessary question for the times in which we are living.
Courtesy of WaPo:
In a sign of the growing concern that President Trump might not leave office voluntarily or might attempt to use the military to hold onto power, two moderate Democratic lawmakers posed a series of written questions to the secretary of defense and the military’s top general about their obligations to the Constitution and the country.
Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) addressed their questions in writing to Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, setting a deadline of Thursday evening.
Milley responded to the queries, but Esper has not yet provided answers.
The questions would have been almost unthinkable at any time in the nation’s history outside of the Civil War. The two asked Milley if he was aware that the Uniform Code of Military Justice “criminalizes mutiny and sedition” and if he understood that he was legally bound to follow the lawful orders only of the legitimately elected president.
“I recognize that there is only one legitimate president of the United States at a time,” Milley replied late Thursday.
They also asked Milley and Esper to forswear any military operations launched this fall for political purposes, rather than the security of the country, and pressed them to refuse any order to employ service members in uniform at the polls on Election Day.
Sherrill and Slotkin said President Trump’s conduct in recent months compelled them to ask these questions. Of late, Trump has suggested that he might not accept the outcome of the election and questioned the legitimacy of mail-in voting, which is likely to play a large role in the balloting this November.
You know when people, like Bill Maher, first started floating the idea that Trump would not leave the White House if he lost the election, I poo-poohed it as ridiculous.
But now, after all, that has recently taken place with Trump’s claims of rigged elections and his attempts to sabotage the postal service, I am no longer able to simply dismiss the possibility.
And I have to admit that I am pissed off about it.
In America, we should not have to worry that there will not be a peaceful, orderly, transfer of power after an election.
That is our thing, that is what we do.
But now with Trump in office we have to seriously question military leaders about their allegiance to the Constitution and to make sure they are not going to back Trump if he attempted a coup.
That is our reality, and I for one am still waiting to hear how Defense Secretary Esper will respond to this question.
Because right now I am still kind of worried.