The Passing of a Patriot

by Richard H. Frank

Alexander Haig died at 85 years of age today after spending more than half of his life in the service of his Country.  A graduate of West Point, he rose to the rank of Four-Star General, served three Presidents in positions ranging from National Security Advisor to Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan.  His military career was extraordinary from serving as an aid to General Douglas MacArthur in Korea, being awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star and ultimately he rose to be Supreme Commander of United Nations Forces.

Alexander Haig while working for Henry Kissinger, was instrumental in planning the resumption of diplomatic relations with China, forging strategic arms agreement with Russia and development of the post-Vietnam war policy.  He was an outspoken individual that was not afraid to speak his mind on political policy or on the individuals involved in crafting that policy.  As James Rosen from Fox News stated, Haig’s language was deeply influenced by his military background and he often expressed himself with four-letter expletives.

Too often we forget those men that devote their lives to the service of our Country and are true Patriots not unlike the Founders.  The common thread that joins men like Alexander Haig is their devotion to “God, Country and Corps”.  They are only human like the rest of us, possessing the frailties that affect the human existence, and yet they are held to a higher standard than the rest of us.

These individuals are not divine to be held as idols but should be honored for their service and sacrifices.  Men such as Secretary Haig understand their oath to protect and defend the Constitution and have demonstrated that oath through their actions and not just words spoken to create the illusion of leadership.  We need more patriots the likes of Alexander Haig representing “We the People” in Congress and in the White House.