Whistle blower professor exposes West Point military academy as corrupt, dysfunctional and devoid of standards

Last month, it came to light that a West Point graduate and infantry officer in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, is a communist and an “official socialist organizer” of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

Rapone‘s advocacy for communism was discovered when he, in solidarity with former NFL football player Colin Kaepernick, posted a photo to Twitter of himself in his West Point uniform at graduation holding his cap containing a piece of paper that says “Communism will win.” Rapone had also posted a second photo of himself in a Che Guevara T-shirt underneath his uniform jacket. Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary who believed the poor people of Latin America would be saved by communism.

Using the alias Antombio Gramsci, Rapone’s Twitter account @punkproletarian (with 31.6K likes and 5,636 followers) is now set to protected, his Instagram account has been taken down, and his Facebook page, using the alias Giuseppe Impastato, is now private.

Note: Antombio Gramsci is a play on the name of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci; Giuseppe Impastato was an Italian socialist.

Reacting to the news of 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, LTC (retired) Robert M. Heffington, a West Point graduate and assistant professor for seven years until this August, wrote an open letter slamming the military academy for corruption, cheating, lying administrators, erosion of the cadet honor code, deteriorating curriculum, and academic and disciplinary standards that are so corroded that he questions “whether the institution should even remain open”.

The letter circulated for a few days in private among the military. On October 25, 2017, Heffington went public by sending a signed copy of his letter to American Military News. Below is his letter in its entirety:

Dear Sir/Ma’am,

Before you read any further, please understand that the following paragraphs come from a place of intense devotion and loyalty to West Point. My experience as a cadet had a profound impact upon who I am and upon the course of my life, and I remain forever grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of the Long Gray Line. I firmly believe West Point is a national treasure and that it can and should remain a vitally important source of well trained, disciplined, highly educated Army officers and civilian leaders. However, during my time on the West Point faculty (2006-2009 and again from 2013-2017), I personally witnessed a series of fundamental changes at West Point that have eroded it to the point where I question whether the institution should even remain open. The recent coverage of 2LT Spenser Rapone – an avowed Communist and sworn enemy of the United States – dramatically highlighted this disturbing trend. Given my recent tenure on the West Point faculty and my direct interactions with Rapone, his “mentors,” and with the Academy’s leadership, I believe I can shed light on how someone like Rapone could possibly graduate.

First and foremost, standards at West Point are nonexistent. They exist on paper, but nowhere else. The senior administration at West Point inexplicably refuses to enforce West Point’s publicly touted high standards on cadets, and, having picked up on this, cadets refuse to enforce standards on each other. The Superintendent refuses to enforce admissions standards or the cadet Honor Code, the Dean refuses to enforce academic standards, and the Commandant refuses to enforce standards of conduct and discipline. The end result is a sort of malaise that pervades the entire institution. Nothing matters anymore. Cadets know this, and it has given rise to a level of cadet arrogance and entitlement the likes of which West Point has never seen in its history.

Every fall, the Superintendent addresses the staff and faculty and lies. He repeatedly states that “We are going to have winning sports teams without compromising our standards,” and everyone in Robinson Auditorium knows he is lying because we routinely admit athletes with ACT scores in the mid-teens across the board. I have personally taught cadets who are borderline illiterate and cannot read simple passages from the assigned textbooks. It is disheartening when the institution’s most senior leader openly lies to his own faculty–and they all know it.

The cadet honor code has become a laughingstock. Cadets know they will not be separated for violating it, and thus they do so on a daily basis. Moreover, since they refuse to enforce standards on each other and police their own ranks, cadets will rarely find a cadet at an honor hearing despite overwhelming evidence that a violation has occurred. This in tum has caused the staff and faculty to give up even reporting honor incidents. Why would a staff or faculty member expend the massive amount of time and energy it takes to report an honor violation–including writing multiple sworn statements, giving interviews, and testifying at the honor hearing–when they know without a doubt the cadet will not be found (or, if found, the Superintendent will not separate the cadet)? To make matters worse, the senior leadership at West Point actively discourages staff and faculty from reporting honor violations. l was unfortunate enough to experience this first hand during my first tour on the faculty, when the Commandant of Cadets called my office phone and proceeded to berate me in the most vulgar and obscene language for over ten minutes because I had reported a cadet who lied to me and then asked if “we could just drop it.” Of course, I was duty bound to report the cadet’s violation, and I did. During the course of the berating I received from the Commandant, I never actually found out why he was so angry. It seemed that he was simply irritated that the institution was having to deal with the case, and that it was my fault it even existed. At the honor hearing the next day, I ended up being the one on trial as my character and reputation were dragged through the mud by the cadet and her civilian attorney while I sat on the witness stand without any assistance. In the end, of course, the cadet was not found (despite having at first admitted that she lied), and she eventually graduated. Just recently a cadet openly and obviously plagiarized his History research paper, and his civilian professor reported it. The evidence was overwhelming-there was not the slightest question of his guilt, yet the cadet was not found. The professor, and indeed all the faculty who knew of the case, were completely demoralized. This is the new norm for the cadet honor system. In fact, there is now an addition to the honor system (the Willful Admission Process) which essentially guarantees that if a cadet admits a violation, then separation is not even a possibility. In reality, separation is not a possibility anyway because the Superintendent refuses to impose that sanction.

Academic standards are also nonexistent. I believe this trend started approximately ten years ago, and it has continued to get worse. West Point has stated standards for academic expectations and performance, but they are ignored. Cadets routinely fail multiple classes and they are not separated at the end-of-semester Academic Boards. Their professors recommend “Definitely Separate,” but those recommendations are totally disregarded. I recently taught a cadet who failed four classes in one semester (including mine), in addition to several she had failed in previous semesters, and she was retained at the Academy. As a result, professors have lost hope and faith in the entire Academic Board process. It has been made clear that cadets can fail a multitude of classes and they will not be separated. Instead, when they fail (and they do to a staggering extent), the Dean simply throws them back into the mix and expects the faculty to somehow drag them through the academic program until they manage to earn a passing grade. What a betrayal this is to the faculty! Also, since they get full grade replacement if they must re­take a course, cadets are actually incentivized to fail. They know they can re-take the course over the summer when they have no other competing requirements, and their new grade completely replaces the failing one. ST AP (Summer Term Academic Program) is also now an accepted summer detail assignment, so retaking a course during the summer translates into even more summer leave for the deficient cadet.

Even the curriculum itself has suffered. The plebe American History course has been revamped to focus completely on race and on the narrative that America is founded solely on a history of racial oppression. Cadets derisively call it the “I Hate America Course.” Simultaneously, the plebe International History course now focuses on gender to the exclusion of many other important themes. On the other hand, an entire semester of military history was recently deleted from the curriculum (at West Point!). In all courses, the bar has been lowered to the point where it is irrelevant. If a cadet fails a course, the instructor is blamed, so instructors are incentivized to pass everyone. Additionally, instead of responding to cadet failure with an insistence that cadets rise to the challenge and meet the standard, the bar for passing the course itself is simply lowered. This pattern is widespread and pervades every academic department.

Conduct and disciplinary standards are in perhaps the worst shape of all. Cadets are jaded, cynical, arrogant, and entitled. They routinely talk back to and snap at their instructors (military and civilian alike), challenge authority, and openly refuse to follow regulations. They are allowed to wear civilian clothes in almost any arena outside the classroom, and they flaunt that privilege. Some arrive to class unshaven, in need of haircuts, and with uniforms that look so ridiculously bad that, at times, I could not believe I was even looking at a West Point cadet. However, if a staff or faculty member attempts to correct the cadet in question, that staff/faculty member is sure to be reprimanded for “harassing cadets.” For example, as I made my rounds through the barracks inspecting study conditions one evening as the Academic Officer in Charge, I encountered a cadet in a company study room. He was wearing a pair of blue jeans and nothing else, and was covered in tattoos. He had long hair, was unshaven, and I was honestly unsure if he was even a cadet. He looked more like a prison convict to me. When I questioned what he was doing there, he remained seated in his chair and sneered at me that he “was authorized” because he was a First Class cadet. I proceeded to correct him and then reported him to the chain of command the next morning. Later that day I received an email from the Brigade Tactical Officer telling me to “stay in my lane.” I know many other officers receive the same treatment when attempting to make corrections. It is extremely discouraging when the response is invariably one that comes to the defense of the cadet.

That brings me to another point: cadets’ versions of stories are always valued more highly by senior leaders than those of commissioned officers on the staff and faculty. It is as if West Point’s senior leaders believe their job is to “protect” cadets from the staff and faculty at all costs. This might explain why the faculty’s recommendations are ignored at the Academic Boards, why honor violations are ignored (and commissioned officers are verbally abused for bringing them to light), and why cadets always “win” when it comes to conduct and disciplinary issues.

It seems that the Academy’s senior leaders are intimidated by cadets. During my first tour on the faculty (I was a CPT at the time), I noticed that 4th class cadets were going on leave in civilian clothes when the regulation clearly stated they were supposed to be wearing a uniform. During a discussion about cadet standards between the BTO and the Dept. of History faculty, I asked why plebes were going on leave in civilian clothes. His answer astonished me: “That rule is too hard to enforce.” Yet West Point had no problem enforcing that rule on me in the mid-1990s. I found it impossible to believe that the several hundred field grade officers stationed at West Point could not make teenagers wear the uniform. This anecdote highlights the fact that West Point’s senior leaders lack not the ability but the motivation to enforce their will upon the Corps of Cadets.

This brings me to the case of now-2LT Spenser Rapone. It is not at all surprising that the Academy turned a blind eye to his behavior and to his very public hatred of West Point, the Army, and this nation. I knew at the time I wrote that sworn statement in 2015 that he would go on to graduate. It is not so much that West Point’s leadership defends his views (Prof. [Rasheed] Hosein did, however); it is that West Point’s senior leaders are infected with apathy: they simply do not want to deal with any problem, regardless of how grievous a violation of standards and/or discipline it may be. They are so reticent to separate problematic cadets (undoubtedly due to the “developmental model” that now exists at USMA) that someone like Rapone can easily slip through the cracks. In other words, West Point’s leaders choose the easier wrong over the harder right.

I could go on, but I fear that this letter would simply devolve into a screed, which is not my intention. I will sum up by saying this: a culture of extreme permissiveness has invaded the Military Academy, and there seems to be no end to it. Moreover, this is not unintentional; it is a deliberate action that is being taken by the Academy’s senior leadership, though they refuse to acknowledge or explain it. Conduct and behavior that would never be tolerated at a civilian university is common among cadets, and it is supported and defended by the Academy’s senior leaders in an apparent and misguided effort to attract more applicants and cater to what they see as the unique needs of this generation of cadets.

Our beloved Military Academy has lost its way. It is a shadow of what it once was. It used to be a place where standards and discipline mattered, and where concepts like duty, honor, and country were real and they meant something. Those ideas have been replaced by extreme permissiveness, rampant dishonesty, and an inexplicable pursuit of mediocrity. Instead of scrambling to restore West Point to what it once was, the Academy’s senior leaders give cadets more and more privileges in a seeming effort to tum the institution into a third-rate civilian liberal arts college. Unfortunately, they have largely succeeded. The few remaining members of the staff and faculty who are still trying to hold the line are routinely berated, ignored, and ultimately silenced for their unwillingness to “go along with the program.” The Academy’s senior leaders simply do not want to hear their voices or their concerns. Dissent is crushed–I was repeatedly told to keep quiet at faculty meetings, even as a LTC, because my dissent was neither needed nor appreciated.

It breaks my heart to write this. It breaks my heart to know first-hand what West Point was versus what it has become. This is not a “Corps has” story; it is meant to highlight a deliberate and radical series of changes being undertaken at the highest levels of USMA’ s leadership that are detrimental to the institution. Criticizing these changes is not popular. I have already been labeled a “traitor” by some at the Academy due to my sworn statement’s appearance in the media circus surrounding Spenser Rapone. However, whenever I hear this, I am reminded of the Cadet Prayer:

” … suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretense ever to diminish. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won. …that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice, and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy.”

West Point was once special, and it can be again. Spenser Rapone never should have been admitted, much less graduate, but he was-and that mistake is directly attributable to the culture of permissiveness and apathy that now exists there.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Robert M. Heffington

LTC, U.S. Army (Retired), West Point Class of 1997

Note:

  • Rasheed Hosein, who defends communist Spenser Rapone’s views, is an Assistant Professor of History at Westpoint.
  • Robert L. Caslen, 63, is the Superintendent of West Point since July 17, 2013, which means he’s an Obama appointee.

 

H/t Daily Wire

A personal note:

I wrote this post with tears in my eyes and a broken heart. It’s difficult to believe that Barack Obama could have wrought such damage on America in a mere eight years — and yet he did. If you’re on Twitter, please send a tweet to President Trump @realDonaldTrump, urging him to fire Robert Caslen and replace him with a better leader at West Point.

See also:

~Eowyn

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25 responses to “Whistle blower professor exposes West Point military academy as corrupt, dysfunctional and devoid of standards

  1. How sad that a once fine and honorable military institution has fallen so far. It would seem that not only are snowflakes attending, but are being led by fellow snowflakes.
    We know under Obama how much he hated anything to do with the military and how he purposely positioned people where they could do the most damage. It is evident here and all by design. He forced good men into a early retirement right before their retirement would kick in. They are now calling back hundreds of pilots. Hopefully many can regain what they once lost. The damage done to our military was about 20 plus percent. We are short everywhere and in leadership, like this example, is no different.
    I saw today where people are in an uproar about National Parks being downsized and entrance fees are being raised…a lot. What people don’t realize is for 8 years little to no maintenance and upkeep was done, fire prevention at a minimum and buildings and parts of parks were actually closed. We will be playing catch up for years.
    This is an excellent article and needs to be screamed about from the rafters.

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  2. What a nightmare! Promoters of the NWO, Globalists, will do everything he’s ing possible to prevent America from being made great again. David Rockefeller

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  3. David Rockefeller praised Chairman Mao and Communism.

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  4. Well, I’m not surprised. Those FotM readers who read Ideas Have Consequences, the slim volume of perfectly written and flawlessly reasoned reflections of Dr Richard Weaver, published in 1948 by the University of Chicago Press and NEVER out of print, knows that it is the Renaissance cornerstone of our conservative thinking and values. One of Dr Weaver’s main points is the US military and how it has fallen in the eyes of the citizenry; recall he writes in 1948, shortly after the greatest single war ever on Earth. He questions the term ‘serviceman’ as a sign of our deep disrespect: what are these people, appliance repair agents? What, exactly, are they ‘servicing’?

    There is much, much more, but you need to read and FEEL what his concerns were, and why they’ve NEVER gone away. Of course, there are always the few exceptions that prove the rule, but that makes his condemnation even more terrible. Thank God he never lived to see wars fought by remote control, drones, and pilot extensions of horrific video ‘games’ in which nations are slaughtered without thought.

    In these ideas we now see the consequences: Quisling faux socialists as cadets at West Point. Why are we startled? The Obamination is the same; Brun Hilda is in it for money and sexual perversions. The barbarians were a blessing to the fallen Romans: at least they had some core values that could be shared. Really. The Roman emperor took 20% of your production as tax and failed to protect you or police the Empire; the barbarians took 10% but policed and protected you and your family: they did NOT slaughter citizens!

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    • Nicely said. What I notice is how they re-define commonly understood things to better utilize them for their ends. For example, this idea of “professional military”, is not endemic to the U.S.. The original idea was to have a “citizen army” and a very small core of “professionals” to train the citizens should the need arise. That need being DEFENSE, not imperial exploitation.

      I watched as DEFENSE became “defense, and America’s interests…”. Coupled with the pressures of no employment and facilitated by having their hands on the tiller of the make-believe economy, they could reinvent at will.

      For many years “patriotism” was used to solidify compliance. Now that no longer suffices. Being “world consumers” has no place for “patriotism”, at least as we used to define it.

      In short, they took the “us” out of the equation. There are only THEM and their wants. We are no longer ‘working together’ to achieve our mutual aims. We are simply slaves.

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      • Thank you, lophatt, for fleshing out what I did not add, as I wanted to keep it as short as possible. When I arrived for induction I expected to become the soldier that my ROTC had trained me to be, not an extension of some corporation’s bottom line in selling weapons. Of course we would have weapons, and I was a damn good marksman w/either a sidearm or a longarm, but the goal was to to serve, NOT dispense ‘service’ in the interests of ‘earnng’ 15% or more a year for a faceless corporation. How about TV ads: “On the front line for Raytheon’s bottom line! Your sons and daughters serve us well.”

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        • Well put, both of you.

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          • Thank you for your kind thoughts, Jurist. I think we all are writing from deeply felt & held sentiments, not sentimentality, which cloys the respect and honour all soldiers deserve. I wouldn’t think that Spenser Rapone qualifies on any relevant point. He is so witless that he claims to be both a ‘communist’ [whatever that means to im] and a socialist. He hasn’t read enough history to know the commies allways killed off the socialists so they could seize all power possible.

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  5. Obama did promise to fundamentally transform this country. Demorats must be so proud.

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  6. With a shooting war on the horizon, the possibility of a United States military defeat is a very sobering thought. These “officers” and I use the term very, very loosely will utterly fail in actual combat. It would appear that that is their intention anyway. The United States of America is far from a perfect nation, but it is the only attempt at a republic worth living in. These treasonous bastards masqurading as military officers should be deported to North Korea or Communist China and live with those they purport to love so Damm much. GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY NATION YOU TRAITORS!!!

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  7. Kevin J Lankford

    Could hardly stand to read it all. Just sounds so much like a reflection of our current political arena.

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  8. I’ve been tweeting for a couple of weeks, as well as commenting on military-type news sites. It appears all the Military Academies have similar issues. The Pentagon is comprised of about 400 Generals too many. All Obama’s castaways should be re-commissioned, and his appointments nullified. Men and women serving together is lunacy. They should be segregated, anything less is a distraction.

    West Point, in particular, is run by lesbians and socialists, with a hefty dose of muslims. The Army now has an Immam serving as Chaplain to 14,000 soldiers. We simply do not have armed forces fit to fight; and now some idiot has recommended that females should be required to identify for selective service. All wrong, no amount of money on equipment will fix the current problem.

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  9. Part of the Obama infestation.

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  10. Unbelievable! Literally. I thought for a while that this must be a joke, something written to show that people will believe anything.

    As a former cadet myself (not USMA), I have seen entire careers mercilessly cut off for what were arguably minor things that went against the rules. To hear of a cadet not coming to attention when an officer speaks to him, that alone is shocking, yet it’s barely a footnote in this article.

    I’m at a loss for words.

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  11. The “spirit of excellence” has “left the building.”

    Forget that one Commie student. It sounds like the entire Commie Brigade infiltrated the staff some time ago & the “Daycare (narcissistic) Generation” are the cadets.

    If John Kelly has finished cleaning up & streamlining the Oval Office, POTUS should transfer him over to West Point to kick butt & clean house! No more pandering to degeneracy as the standard/protocol.

    Otherwise, they’ll have to change the name of the institution to “LOSER POINT.”

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  12. I’m putting this on my twitter and FB pages, and just remarked to Lady Eowyn that the bar is so low it’s impossible to find. I am sick about this. I don’t know if it’s possible to undo Obama’s evil to this country. Give me some hope, someone!

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  13. After the previous 8 years is it any wonder?

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  14. As someone who has no patriotism, I suppose I am less shocked/surprised by this, given I understand the military institution these days to be nothing more than another version of a secret society/cult/gang, hasn’t had anything to do with honor, morality, or goodness for ages now. Consider: secret societies, cults, and gangs all have “initiations”/boot camp intended to destroy the original participant’s mental structure etc. to “remake” them in the image best suited to the group, the military is the same way (when the model for the military Should be teaching the original person the necessary skills, thus adding to the original, not trying to break them down to “rebuild”, and thereby destroy the original, a very distinct difference.) Usually the initiation follows with physical violence, either beat-ins, “hazing”, or implied violence (ala freemasonic “point of sword” stuff etc.) sometimes mental anguish or stressors are included to help solidify the “programming”. (IE ridiculous wake-sleep times, “go-fer” tasks, etc.)

    That west point has an infestation of bolsheviks is a sad thing, but perhaps something to be “expected” these days? After all, where did the bolshevik/communist menace come from in the first place? If I were to venture a guess, freemasonry, and it’s fellows might be the culprits, ultimately tracing back to the kabalaists/gnostics… and lest we forget the U.S. was compromised by that bunch before the declaration was even signed. That the U.S. was as Christian as it became was itself quite possibly miraculous, given that circumstance, and probably a sour point of contention amongst the devil worshipers, one which they’re still bitter about, evidently, if recent events are any indicator. (Remember their aims to make the U.S. into the “new atlantis”, and all that hokum? That’s a “goal” they’re still trying for.)

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  15. This entire post should be sent to President Trump via his contact page on the white house site.

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  16. I must be physic. When I started reading this I somehow knew that this was deep state shit started by he who’s name I refuse to say.

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  17. Liberals f*ck up everything they touch.

    And they do it deliberately.

    How the hell did this stinking commie puke scum get into West Point in the first place?

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  18. This cannot be blamed solely upon Obama. After all, we had GWB as president, too.

    The types of people who perpetuate this nonsense are raised within a generation. They do not just sprout from elections.

    The silver lining in this is that, when these folks decide to turn their guns on us civilians, they will be hamstrung by their cowardice, lack of discipline, and inability to persevere. They will be very good at creating massacres and other atrocities, but they will be able to neither win nor rule.

    It will be us normal folks, who have not abandoned God and morality, that will again win the day and bring back civilization. We, who have been purified in the daily furnace of responsibility, hard work, and self-sacrifice, will see this thing through.

    These others will fall into the pit of their own making.

    Any true war will be fought with nukes. We’ll just suffer the consequences, as men like Rapone, and those who are above him, know full well that they cannot fight a war using such men as they have become. A war here at home will be civil unrest. There will be blood shed, but the likes of BLM, Antifa, Homo/Trannnies, and liberals will exhaust themselves in their fury and bloodlust, and will come to naught. Those who fight for God are guaranteed to ultimately win the day.

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