Lieutenant Colonel Vindman wants you to know his rank. This miles gloriosus, who clumsily cast himself as both martinet and insubordinate meddler, knows something of rank and privilege.
In colloquy with the witness, Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) referred to Vindman as “Mr. Vindman.” Vindman, lips pursed, breathed back, “Ranking member, it’s Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, please.”
Nunes missed the opportunity to top this affected pomp insisting “It is Honorable Ranking Member Nunes, please.” Honorifics to the death. Game on, Colonel Sanders!
In seriousness, Vindman demanded obeisance to his military rank, although he was appearing before Congress in connection with his role in the civilian administration of diplomacy. And he got it, with Democratic members particularly falling over themselves to sanctify the petty issue of Vindman’s military rank and Republican’s being mindful to thank him for his service.
Such obsequiousness—and worse the expectation of it by a member of the military—is unbecoming of republican morality.
By the design of the Constitution, the main force of the United State resides in the people through an armed militia. Many parties who exceeded the call of etiquette to lick Vindman’s patent leather shoes are the same ones who work tirelessly tearing down the Second Amendment. The connection is not a chance one.