OK, now for a perspective on authentic voting some may not have considered: Recall that men and women who serve in the Armed Forces do what the American people say via the voices of their duly elected representatives in government.

Sometimes the “doing” can be difficult because elected politicians occasionally seek something other than battlefield “victory” (read Jim Mattis’ book, “Call Sign Chaos” for a few exemplary examples of excruciating frustration). That’s just the way it works.

In uniform, one must learn to deal with that. Why? Because the duly elected representative of the people transmit the authority of the people to those who volunteered to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. But it actually goes deeper, especially for those sent to hostile places. There’s the oath of office taken, yes, but too, there’s the Code of Conduct.

Thinking deeply about the Code of the United States Fighting Force, aka the Code of Conduct, will give the most courageous woman or man palpable pause: “I will never surrender of my own free will.” And, “If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available.” And this, which is Article I of the Code of Conduct, “I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.”

Now the perspective. The deal is this: men and women who volunteer to the serve in the Armed Forces must know that it’s the American people who sent them — even if by the thinnest majority of representation — sent them to this particular jam where they find themselves, on this particular day where by evening it’ll likely be worse, if not over. Like, really over, as in “prepared to give my life” over.

The perspective on authentic voting and elections comes to this: Would you volunteer to subscribe to such a Code of Conduct as we have in our Armed Forces if the representatives who can send you to inhospitable places are elected with illegal ballots? I wouldn’t.

I saw a video clip of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany saying, and she was spot-on, “We want every legal vote to be counted and we want every illegal ...” (cut off by Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto). She was cut off by a media broadcast guy, but she was on the right track because any American who would not insist that only legal votes get counted in any election does not understand anything about this country’s all-volunteer Armed Forces.

Regardless of who wins this election, it matters greatly that all ballots be legal, that the process is orderly and above reproach. We owe that confirmation to the young men and women our Representatives send into harm’s way. It is the least that can be done for someone who puts all on the line to defend “our way of life.”

Whoever Cavuto is, he ought to be doing push-ups until we all get tired.

Michael Barry

Valle Crucis

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Mr Berry,

Thank you for your perspective on the US military code of conduct. It sounds like it comes from personal experience. Thank you for your service.

Are you accusing Neil Cavuto of advocating illegal voting? I am sure that he just wants to keep Fox News from being used to spread unproven rumors about the election.

I think you will agree that if anyone, including Kayleigh McEnany, really has evidence of illegal voting, they should present it to law enforcement authorities.


First, I am not a Trump man. Nothing he has done has made me proud to be an American.

Second, I am a disabled veteran from a really long time ago. 100% disabled veteran. Back then nobody cared about ANY veteran, disabled or not. It is only because of vets coming back from the middle east that vets are cared for at all. Anything is a good thing in that respect. Double cataract surgery and triple bypass surgery paid for by the VA, along with a college education.

Code of Conduct? If Trump had been POTUS back then I would have burned my draft card instead of enlisting. The man is no Commander in Chief.



I agree with Chao's assertions. I also feel that Barry's letter exposes other unspoken concerns to scrutiny. I turned eighteen during George W. Bush's first term and was obligated as a male to sign up for the draft. At that time, there was a very real fear that Bush's burgeoning wars in Afghanistan (and later, Iraq) would result in a forced conscription for young men. It is true that G. W. Bush was president via electoral college decree, but he had not won the popular vote in the 2000 election. Did he rightly have authority over the Code of Conduct without the raw majority of votes? Has President Trump authentically had this same authority when he lost the popular vote by 3 million in 2016?


Quick question:

Since you seem to focusing on concern over potentially "illegal" votes in the presidential election, as that seems to be what every Republican is freaking out over (no surprise there), why is there no concern or outrage over the results from the house and senate?

They were on the same ballot after all...


By the way:

No evidence of voter fraud found by international group *invited by Trump*: https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/trump-biden-election-day-2020/card/XhlCZ4avYQb0jtdv7F3p

Republicans did extremely well this election cycle, as long as their name wasn't Trump, so why are y'all freaking out over his loss and shouting "fraud!", but remaining silent on the overwhelming Republican wins in the House/Senate? You can't have it both ways...: https://www.npr.org/2020/11/11/933435840/the-2020-election-was-a-good-one-for-republicans-not-named-trump

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