Emerging from his retirement, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that if Americans don’t put it together soon, and demand truth and integrity from those we elect, then America’s democracy may be over.
Speaking to a military graduating class in Lexington, Virginia, Tillerson took direct aim at his former boss who fired him via Tweet. Referring to President Trump and the media who support and who enable him, Tillerson warned that if we accept “alternative realities” not “grounded in facts,” then America, and the freedom we cherish, is doomed, according to The New York Times.
Tillerson, an Eagle Scout, said,
If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom…
When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most trivial matters, we go wobbly on America…
If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders…then American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years.
Tillerson has been quiet since his firing. The New York Times reports that the commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute was scheduled prior to his termination as Secretary of State last March. However, one may wonder why the strong words now? Since the results were the same (Trump fired him anyway, and wouldn’t even give him the courtesy of doing it directly to his face), why was Tillerson such a suck-up to Trump when he was part of the Administration?