On a warm, still night, the sun already setting quickly, the Usurpathon began with a tribute to the brave, those who stood in the line of fire and made the ultimate sacrifice. We will never understand their moments, the spoken words, the depth and frailty of emotion, the families upon families… reflected in the honoring place known as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Their plans were changed in a moment. With reverence and care, candles lit and sheltered in the wind on the knoll above the monument, a deep gratitude rises, where 58,168 stand as witnesses and sentries. We all have friends who left and did not return; should we not now stand where they can’t?
Our next stop was Walter Reed Memorial Hospital to honor and thank Lt. Col. Terry Lakin. At the busy entrance on Georgia Avenue, Patriots stood with thanks and in praise for those who do honor the oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. No need for protest here, just thanks. We distinctly have the feeling that very few people inside Walter Reed know about Lt. Col. Lakin…and we know those who do. In conversations with passengers in cars entering and leaving, and with the drivers, the story is told of a man who is being punished for helping Americans. The word somehow trickles back into the compound…and later a call from Lt. Col Lakin himself, grateful for the support with well wishes for our effort.
We are relieved to report that Lt. Col. Lakin is working at Walter Reed and is able to go home and spend time with his family.
It is difficult to see whether the Army is purposely trying to create a mistrial, so as to never deal with the issue. Clearly Judge Lind’s decision is grounds for reverse, perhaps intentional reversible error. Or, will they try to make an example of him by separating Obama from the decision to send Lt. Col Lakin to the Afghanistan war theater? Has Obama purposely broken the chain of command, such that a lowly judge can make a decision like this by herself? What exactly is in the new executive orders on Court Martials? Military buffs and JAG, we are banging on your windows for help. There is a fire in the house!
Later that day, passing our Supreme Court venue, a solitary guard stands over our permit area, looking west toward the Lincoln Memorial. The pearly white steps, seemingly unworn by time and movement…are where no American dare stand. Yet I stand there with irreverence for pomp, circumstance, judicial inventions; judicial ignorance, and blatant violations of the Constitution.
All of a sudden I see the old man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz.