Evolution, Revolution, and the U.S. Senate Confirmation of Lt. General Robert L. Caslen
It is presently unclear, of course, as to what Caslen will actually do at West Point. What IS clear is that he incontrovertibly deserves and merits the chance to do it.
I readily admit that I render MRFF's endorsement with some nontrivial trepidation. I'm not a big believer in the often-flimsy solace of mere "hope." I think that hope is terribly overrated. However, with everything I currently know about this extraordinary man, who was once an enemy of the Constitution and a scourge to the religious liberty of cadets and soldiers, I truly do hope he can make the changes at West Point that are so desperately needed. I genuinely believe he may indeed be up to the task of furthering the protection of the religious freedom of the cadets, staff, and faculty at West Point. I will continue to monitor Lt. General Caslen's performance and seek a meaningful, good faith dialogue between him and MRFF in order to unequivocally ensure that the precious religious freedom of the many MRFF clients at West Point are assiduously defended from the top down and even bottom up. I believe that Lt. General Caslen has "evolved." It is my conviction that he has well learned that one's personal religious rights, be they evangelical Christian rights or not, shall never trump the bedrock civil and human rights of one's fellow Americans. That fact is foundational Constitutional truth.
In the fullness of time, all things are possible. It will soon be Lt. General Robert Caslen's time at West Point to show us all what possibilities may come to fruition. If confirmed, he will become the 59th Superintendent at West Point. He will inherit and assume a position honored by the heralded legacies of luminous (and sometimes controversial) prior Academy helmsmen such as Sylvanus Thayer, Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacArthur, and William Westmoreland. MRFF wishes him well. We, along with the rest of the nation, will be carefully watching his continued evolution.
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Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, Esq. is founder and president of the five-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and an honor graduate of the Air Force Academy. He served as a White House counsel in the Reagan Administration and as the Committee Management Officer of the "Iran-Contra" Investigation. He is also the former General Counsel to H. Ross Perot and Perot Systems Corporation. Mikey is an honor graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former J.A.G. in the U.S. Air Force. His two sons, daughter-in-law, son-in law, and brother-in-law are also graduates of USAFA. In December 2012, Mikey was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense by Defense News. He is the author of "With God On Our Side" (2006, St. Martin's Press) and "No Snowflake in an Avalanche" (2012, Vireo).