An Army lieutenant colonel’s resignation letter is gaining attention on social media after he used it to protest the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and what he described as the “Marxist takeover of the military.”
The resignation letter by Lt. Col. Paul Douglas Hague, tweeted out by his wife and shared with Fox News, said he was resigning from the Army after 19 years of service and forgoing his pension primarily because of the Pentagon’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination order for all U.S. military service members.
“First, and foremost, I am incapable of subjecting myself to the unlawful, unethical, immoral and tyrannical order to sit still and allow a serum to be injected into my flesh against my will and better judgment,” Hague, who is stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, wrote in the letter. “It is impossible for this so-called ‘vaccine’ to have been studied adequately to determine the long-term effects.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the vaccines are safe and effective.
Hague listed multiple other reasons for his resignation, including what he views as “an ideologically Marxist takeover of the United States government at their upper echelons,” and “a complete lack of confidence” in the Biden administration, which he blamed for the Kabul terrorist attack last month that killed 13 U.S. service members.
“I would like nothing more than to continue in the Army to reach my 20 years of active federal service and retire with my pension,” he wrote. “However, I instead will join those who have served before me in pledging my Life, my Fortune, and my Sacred Honor to continue resisting the eternal and ever-mutable forms of oppression and tyranny – both from enemies outside our nation‘s borders, and those within.”
Hague’s wife, Katie Phipps Hague, told Fox News her husband submitted the letter on Aug. 30 and that it has since been “sent up his chain of command” and appears to be “going smoothly” so far.
Phipps Hague also responded to skeptics on Twitter who asked why her husband didn’t protest the multiple other vaccines he had to take in order to serve in the military.
“He didn’t resign over a vaccine,” she responded. “He said he felt the vaccine was being used as a political tool to divide and segregate Americans. He then went on to list many other reasons for his resignation – none of which have anything to do with vaccines.”
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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