Before President Joe Biden announced that federal employees and contractors would be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19, the Pentagon issued a similar order affecting members of the U.S. military.
According to the Washington Examiner, that order was so “unlawful, unethical, immoral and tyrannical” in the eyes of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Hague that he felt compelled to submit his letter of resignation in protest.
The last straw
Shared later on social media by his wife, Hague’s letter explained that though he’s only about a year shy of 20 years of service, he couldn’t bring himself to stay on federal payroll a moment longer.
“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,” Lt. Col. Hague wrote, according to the Examiner.
“It is impossible for this so-called ‘vaccine’ to have been studied adequately to determine the long-term effects,” he added.
“A political tool”
But the vaccine itself isn’t the reason why Lt. Col. Hague tendered his resignation. Rather, the Army officer took issue with the mandate, as his wife, Katie, explained in a tweet earlier this month.
She said her husband felt “vaccine was being used as a political tool to divide and segregate Americans,” among other things.
After eighteen years of active duty service in the US Army, my lieutenant colonel husband has resigned
He’s walking away from all he’s worked for and believed in since he was an ROTC kid at UGA
He’s walking away from his retirement
His resignation memo: pic.twitter.com/u1QU488fmI
— Katie Phipps Hague (@AtTheHague) September 9, 2021
“Complete lack of confidence”
Besides the jabs, Hague also pointed in his resignation letter to the downfall of “liberty” and our nation’s founding values due to what he called the heavy-handed policies of the “current presidential administration,” military leadership, and “governors and mayors” across the country.
The officer said he has a “complete lack of confidence” in the Biden administration and Pentagon leadership following the disastrous and deadly withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, as well as what he viewed as an “ideologically Marxist takeover of the United States government at their upper echelons.”
He ended by noting that while he would have preferred to continue serving in the military until he had reached the 20-year mark, when he could retire with full benefits, doing so would compromise his core values.
“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 wrote.