Disgraced former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was sent packing from the administration with his oil-slick tail between his legs, has surged back into national headlines over reports that — while he hasn’t quite developed a spine — he is at least showing the early signs of possessing a few wobbly vertebrae.
The Hill reports that during a commencement speech at the Virginia Military Institute, Tillerson warned of “a growing crisis in ethics and integrity,” conveniently failing to mention the key role he played in facilitating and legitimatizing that very crisis by accepting the nation’s highest diplomatic appointment from a mendacious, racist, accused rapist.
“If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders in both the public and private sector, and regrettably at times even the nonprofit sector, then American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years,” Tillerson said.
Tillerson’s ominous reference to the “twilight years” of America was perhaps more appropriate than he intended since it seems increasingly likely that our president is sundowning.
“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,” Tillerson said, once again pretending that he stands on the side of the American people, and not the corrupt administration he was recently so unceremoniously removed from.
His comments can certainly be interpreted as oblique references to the Trump administration, but Tillerson remains a coward. He failed to mention the president by name or to give the American people the apology he owes them for taking part in the current disastrous regime. Tillerson’s stain on American history books will be as black as the Exxon oil he made his millions off of, and one tepid speech doesn’t absolve him of his transgressions.