Special Trust and Confidence

The other evening I had the indescribable honor of presiding over the commissioning ceremony of friend and soon-to-be former coworker, newly minted Second Lieutenant Brandon Thompson, USMC.  It was a privilege to be a part of such an important ceremony.  As we faced each other in front of a crowd of fifty or so friends and family members gathered in front of the Bi-centennial Flag Display at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Wichita, Kansas, I asked Lieutenant Thompson to raise his right hand and repeat after me as he swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.  It was a familiar oath -- one I'd sworn myself half a dozen times and one I'd administered dozens of times over the past 30 years.  It was a promise to do the right things for the right reasons and put service over self.  For all intents and purposes, it is the same oath that every member of the House and Senate swear or affirm as...(Read Full Article)