“We salute the rank, not the man.”
—Major (Ret) Richard Winters, 506th Parachute infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne
In an early episode of Band of Brothers the sergeants (the non commissioned officers) submit notification to their regiment’s commanding officer, that they refuse to serve under Captain Sobel.
Sobel is considered ineffective, overly concerned with rules and regulations and far more importantly, he is considered by his men to be incompetent.
I will not, says one of the sergeants, follow that man into combat.
Presented by a dozen sergeants declaring in unison, that they will not obey the orders of a man they have no faith in, and who they believe is incapable of leading men in life and death situations, and whose decisions are suspect, the CO busts two to private, and tells the rest that he should have them all executed for mutiny but, as they are on the eve of the invasion of Europe, he has no choice but to spare them.
Captain Sobel was subsequently relieved, transferred stateside and, after the war eventually committed suicide.
Life on the razor’s edge of combat is a constant choice between bad and worse. Bad is killing other people. Worse is getting killed.
There can be, unless other information comes to light, absolutely no comparison between the current actions of the self described White House resistance and the men who led the initial assault on the shore’s of France.
However, we are faced with a dilemma that echoes across the years.
The president is either fit to hold office or he is not.
There is in this situation, no such thing a being a little insane.
Before submitting their signed statements to their CO, the sergeants discuss the possible consequences of their action. We could, says one of them, be put up against a wall and shot. The alternative is left unsaid or is said indirectly.
To follow an incompetent leader is to not only risk your life, but it is to risk the lives of others who are depending on you to do your best, and in doing your best strive to keep yourself and them alive.
An incompetent leader, a leader you do not trust, is a direct threat to your survival and a threat to the lives of your comrades.
The insubordination is not the act of those who say they will not follow an incompetent into battle. That is the mark of integrity and courage.
Donald Trump is either able to carry out his responsibilities or he is not.
If he is not then he must either resign or be removed from office.
Ignoring the question may not be treasonous but it is no different then ordering men to follow a fool off a cliff or ordering them into a battle with a fool as their leader.
Who but a coward would do such a thing?