Declaration of Betrayal of West Point
And the Long Gray Line
Paul E Vallely, MG US Army (Ret)
The MacArthur Society of West Point Graduates
August 17, 2023
The Long Gray Line is the assembly of United States Military Academy graduates. It serves as a fount of American battle-tested experience, the institutional memory of the Military Academy, and the watchdog of the United States Corps of Cadets. As such, it is the sacred duty of the Long Gray Line to challenge dysfunctional conduct or rogue behavior, such as that which has come to dominate West Point.
We, the Long Gray Line members, have observed a rejection of adherence to the ancient principles of the Military Academy. These changes threaten the mission of the Academy. It appears that the Honor Code is no longer enforced as it has been historically and has been allowed to fall into disarray.
The United States Military Academy has a proud tradition of producing graduates of character who have led the Country and the Academy through good times and bad. The Academy’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country,” is widely associated with West Point. For decades, the Cadet Honor Code has provided the moral compass and ethical underpinning of a Cadet’s education and character development. The Code, widely quoted and embraced by every Superintendent, is simple.
The intention had been that violations are not tolerated, and expulsion would result. However, today, the Academy’s website makes the casual web disclaimer that over 50% of convicted violators are excused and allowed to graduate. Words have meaning: DUTY, HONOR, and COUNTRY has for decades reflected the ethics, honor, character, and moral behavior of cadets and Academy graduates. Abusing those words and values seriously erodes today’s cadets’ ethical education and character development.
Civilian faculty members have introduced political indoctrination into academic instruction to include socialist ideology that runs counter to the noble principles of the Constitution. The corruption of cadet instruction with socialist doctrine is further demonstrated by a pronounced bias in selecting guest speakers who have been almost exclusively liberal. We could not identify any conservative speakers in recent years.
Very troubling have been instances of the Academy Staff requiring cadets to violate their religious beliefs contrary to the religious freedom long observed by the Academy. Cadets have been coerced into complying with illegal mandates to submit to vaccinations with experimental drugs never approved by the FDA. Such mandates to involuntarily submit to vaccination with experimental drugs violating religious customs and beliefs violate the UCMJ. It violates the precedent set by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal that established the involuntary use of experimental drugs is a crime against humanity. Such conduct by the Staff is a gross violation of international law and the impartial administration of military justice by the Academy.
Instruction in Critical Race Theory (CRT) at the Academy. Such education severs the ties of every cadet to the defense of the Constitution, thereby nullifying the oath cadets have sworn to uphold. Critical Race theory now replaces Duty, Honor, and Country. The cumulative impact of these changes has so altered the Military Academy that USMA betrays the purpose for which it was founded in 1802 – defense of our Constitution and maintenance of individual freedom. This transformation betrays the sense of the founders and the sacred principles of the Declaration of Independence.
Forging a Restored Consensus
Having declared the Military Academy to be in a state of radical change against its original mission, purpose, and principles, we ask, where do we proceed from here?
We believe the founders’ work has produced a nation like no other. The constitutional order of the Republic rests upon fundamental principles that are unique to the United States of America. Our constitutions, State, and Federal, are the most wonderfully designed documents that create an adhesive, cohesive, just, and peaceful means of life ever known by humanity. Our founders started this country that was born of revolution according to the universally appreciated laws of our Creator.
We have a beautiful system corrupted and abused by people with no moral foundation. Our country was born of God’s inspiration, and without God as the ultimate power and place for redress, no government can operate to serve its constituents. We need not look for a new system. We need only to restore the original constitution, which provided States the primary authority and most power under their bodies designed to accommodate their local cultural norms, all of which depend on and arise from God’s laws.
Leftist ideologues are trying to replace personal responsibility, self-reliance, and initiative with the entitlement mentality. They are working hard to transform the Constitution into a document that can be continually revised to accommodate the latest socio-cultural trends. They have made substantial progress in replacing freedom of religion with freedom from religion. Leftists prefer anarchy to law and order, as seen in their nationwide effort to defund police departments, adopt identity politics and tribalism to replace E Pluribus Unum, and institute moral relativism to replace Biblical morality.
The Socialist Revolution
The Biden Administration seeks to divorce military service from the defense of the Constitution by replacing allegiance to the Constitution with Critical Race Theory. This prepares the military for its role in support of an overthrow of the government and the Constitutional order. By forcing the military to undergo liberal socialist indoctrination, they sever the linkage between US military service and support for the Constitution. That action, which violates the Constitution, also violates the oath of office.
The oath taken by men and women who join any branch of the United States military begins with these words: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” This oath, taken at the official swearing-in ceremony, describes the purpose of the U.S. military to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies.
It is not the purpose of the military to help advance the anti-American, anti-Constitution agenda of leftist ideologues. But the military is being forced by WOKE leaders in the White House, Congress, Department of Defense, and Pentagon to do just that: advance a leftist agenda that seeks to tear down the Constitution, not protect it. Officers and enlisted troops must sit through leftist indoctrination sessions that portray America as an inherently racist nation, white troops as genetically bigoted, and minority troops as hopeless, lifelong victims.
The purveyors of Critical Race Theory intend to demolish the United States of America as the founders established our Republic. By mandating the instruction of Critical Race Theory to every citizen serving in the military, they establish Critical Race Theory as the fundamental principle upon which Socialists demand soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, midshipmen, and cadets serve.
Military indoctrination in Critical Race Theory is necessary to prevent internal opposition to an attempted coup from within the military ranks (white extremism). Critical Race Theory considers the founders evil, the Constitution illegitimate, and the Republic systemically racist. It abolishes the Declaration of Independence that declares all men are created equal. It brands the population as racist, privileged, and unfit to enjoy citizenship rights. It is a call to overthrow the government we served to preserve freedom and government by, for, and of the people.
It is for times like these that God made Patriots. This is no time for summer soldiers and sunshine patriots. Those who have stood in harm’s way must now stand by our oath. It is time to speak truth to power. We either serve Duty, Honor, and Country, or we challenge the demands of a secular revolution to fundamentally alter America transforming the Republic into a socialist police state.
The Association of Graduates (AOG) represents us, the Long Gray Line. The AOG can represent the graduates of the Academy. Let them conduct themselves to demonstrate their allegiance to Duty, Honor, and Country. For Duty, Honor, and Country we serve; and in God we trust. Let it be said that the AOG has done an admirable job in raising funds to support many projects and much-needed facilities laid out by each Superintendent. We applaud these efforts.
This declaration is dispatched to the Superintendent of the Academy and the President and Directors of the AOG with the warning that the Academy is conducting business that ignores time-honored principles of the Academy, Constitutional Law, and our sworn oath of office.
LTG Thomas McInerney, USAF (Ret) Class of 1959
MG Paul E. Vallely US Army, US Army (Ret) Class of 1961
Colonel Andrew O’Meara, US Army (Ret) Class of 1959
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