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How to Nominate Lt. Col. Vindman for a Profile in Courage Award

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In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

--George Orwell

National Security Council staff Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman lost his position and was escorted out of the White House for having the "temerity to object to Trump's 'perfect' phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and then committed the unforgivable sin of telling the truth about the matter when the House impeachment investigation sought his testimony," according to Benjamin Whittes' article, "The Crime of Doing the Right Thing" in the Atlantic.

Whitte continues, "The conduct for which his career has been attacked, what the president calls Vindman's "insubordination," was exceptionally brave truth-telling, both in real time and later when Congress sought to hear from him. When that happened, Vindman did not shrink from the obligation to say what had happened."

And thus did Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman join a very special club, a motley crew of public officials who have drawn the public ire of a president of uncompromising vindictiveness for the crime of doing the right thing...

Membership in this ever less exclusive club entitles Vindman to a number of, uh, benefits: unending, random attack by the most powerful man in the world using any of his available means of communication with the entire globe; mockery and derision by his associated media outlets, a category of abuse that in Vindman's case includes anti-Semitic insinuations and frivolous allegations of inappropriate liaison with a foreign power; the security threats that inevitably come with such unwanted attention; damage to a distinguished career, ... - Benjamin Whitte

The timing could not be better, since nominations for the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage 2020 award are accepted through February 15. These awards are typically for living individuals, and the site says, "an emphasis will be placed on contemporary acts of political courage. "

Any citizen can make a nomination here.

This is a good time to send a message to truthtellers that we have their backs. Trump tried to make an example of Vindman by having him publicly humiliated with an escort out of the White House. Time to turn that little bit of karma back on the perpetrator. It would be great if the number of Vindman nominations was so huge that it made the news.

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Vindman was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and relocated to the US with his father and brothers at age three after the death of his mother. He was educated at Cornell and Harvard and his awards and decorations include: Purple Heart Defense Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters (4th award), Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon Overseas Service Ribbon (4th award), Valorous Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation, National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. He is a recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Basic Parachutist Badge, the Presidential Service Badge and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

 

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I disagree.

He didn't volunteer to testify. He was subpoenaed.

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What are you disagreeing with? That he told the truth?

What he did after being subpoenaed - which was different from many others who were subpoenaed, was:

1. He showed up

2. He told the truth

However, even before being subpoenaed, he let superiors know of the situation.

George Orwell said, prophetically, 'In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.'

We need more people doing that. I nominated him for a Profiles in Courage Award.

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I disagree that he should get a Profile in Courage Award, not with what he said.

If he had come forward voluntarily to testify, THAT would have been courage.

Appearing under subpoena is mandatory under penalty of prison. He had no choice, well, except to lie once he got there, which he didn't do.

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Others have been subpoenaed and chose not to show up, and others have lied under oath. You are right that he simply did the ethical thing, but in times like these, in which people like Rush Limbaugh receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as Orwell said, "telling the truth is a revolutionary act," and rewarding ethical behavior may be the best way out of the deceitful quagmire we find ourselves in.

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Your National Security Council staff Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is just one of the latest puppets from the Petri dish in a long line of CIA-funded counterrevolutions bit players. To forget or ignore the recent history of Ukraine's CIA funded color revolution is the truth and is more appropriate to your quote, "In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act".

Claiming that it isn't necessary to choose between revolution and the status quo is claiming that you can change the status quo without any kind of revolution. You are saying that the establishment which has created and reinforced the status quo can now suddenly, for some strange and mysterious reason, be counted upon to change it. That the status quo will change the status quo is an oxymoron to say the least regardless of the distraction and play of the sub plots of divide and conqueor.

Progressives already got suckered into forfeiting their revolutionary spirit in exchange for flowery prose and empty rhetoric the last time they elected Pete Buttigieg for president, back when Pete Buttigieg was named Barack Obama. It was literally the exact same script they're trying to recycle with Puppet Pete: a plucky young underdog with a knack for sparkly verbiage overcomes the frontrunner in Iowa in a stunning upset and then rides the momentum from that initial victory on to the Democratic nomination.

"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrations), too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery. Thomas Jefferson

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I agree except for the first paragraph.

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Is he eligible? The site says "elected officials."

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Well, it is "usually" given to elected officials, but there seems to be some wiggle room, and I saw that the award has even gone to at least one foreign politician. If the Profiles in Courage folks desire to send a clear message to 45, this is one of the ways they could do it, and arming them with a multitude of nominations might tip the balance....

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Yes, certainly the GOP Senator Mitt Romney is surely deserving of such an Award by his displaying such 'great political courage' by his voting "YEA" to 'remove Trump from office' while all the other Republican senators at the senate trial were voting "NAY", not to remove Trump from office, in abject compliance to the express wishes of the senate Majority Leader Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - "think of me as the Grim Reaper".


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George King, I'm hearing you "Loud and Clear", in every notation here today.

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An award like that should go to Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Ed Snowden, John Kiriaku or any number of other real whistle blowers.

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They should all be nominated!

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Thanks for this Meryl. I nominated Vindman per your suggestion. Honesty is in short supply today and requires great courage.

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