ROBERT SIGL

Enough is enough. We must come to our senses and face the truth of the situation. I have spent 21 years of my life as an officer in the United States Army. I have served and reported personally to presidents. I have had assignments in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, and served as a delegate to NATO, as well as the Pentagon. I never dreamed that I would ever have to write this letter, but after everything that has happened, I am compelled to speak. We are experiencing a devastating and frightening crisis as a nation. We can no longer make excuses.

We have elected a president who has disgraced us to our allies and the other nations of the world. We have elected a president who has fundamentally weakened the future of NATO. We have elected a president who has protected and admired dictators and enemies of our state.

As recent events revealed, the president is compromised and unfit to hold the office. He owes more than $400 million that he cannot pay, which comes due during the next administration. He even accepted more than $73 million from foreign nations during his first two years in office. He has cheated and lied on his income taxes for more than twenty years, paying less than most hard-working Americans. Simply put, he has defrauded the American people.

As the president lied about the severity of the coronavirus, thousands died. Even knowing the severity of the disease, he has continued to mislead and cast doubt. He has tried to discredit anyone who disagrees or exposes his lies, from top doctors fighting this virus, to former members of his cabinet who had the decency to speak the truth. In every action he has taken, from separating children from their families, to viciously pursuing legal action to destroy legislation that protects those of us who have preexisting health conditions, he puts himself and his interests first. He is amoral, corrupt, and totally self-serving. No president in the history of the United States deserves another term less than this president.

No one can run from these facts and realizations. No candidate can run as a Republican with Trump at the top of the ticket without condoning Trump’s corruption and immorality. Trump is the Republican Party. I could not vote for any council member, supervisor, or delegate who is running as a Republican because that candidate is either agreeing with, or excusing, the fraud, immorality, and lies of this president. If you are a candidate supporting and voting for Trump, you do not deserve the privilege to serve the citizens of Winchester or Frederick County.

Candidates who accept and encourage corruption and self- serving interests do not deserve your vote. As a former Republican for many years, I now implore you to vote the Democratic ticket. We need to take back our country so we can restore the dignity of the United States and once again stand as an example of democracy to the rest of the world.

Robert Sigl, Lt. Col., Retired, United State Army, is a resident of Frederick County.

- Contact Cynthia Cather Burton at cburton@winchesterstar.com

(49) comments

DavidSparkman

The rank of LtCol. says it all. That rank is the top you can reach if you are good at following orders. To make Col. and General, you have to be a capable leader. Our letter writer is clearly ignorant of a lot of things. First of course is the disintegration of NATO by the allies neglecting their duty under that agreement. Trump cracked the whip and they are starting to live up to their obligations. Second those allies are mostly leftists and snuggling up to China and Russia. How can a military man not see the danger of that? Third, Trump has rearmed the military. You might remember Mr. LtCol that the military was just about out of bullets and bombs. You now have stockpiles of them. But your problem is there is little promotion available because we are not fighting wars and having soldiers die. Sorry about that (not really). And as to business, you are totally clueless. The 400 million you are worried about is normal opiating procedure. Name one company who has no loans. You can't. It is called leverage and those bank loans are backed with hard assets. If you have a 10 year security and want to buy a car, do you cash out your security note and take a penalty or do you use it as security for a loan? So I don't think there is any question of why you retired as a LtCol. You didn't have what it takes upstairs to make Col.

Spock Here

Lt. Col is every bit as honorable as Private or General, Sparky Takes a very stupid man to call someone better than he is "stupid" because of when he retired. What kind of goon are you anyway to call someone out on his rank? I'll bet you think enlisted men are "suckers and losers" too.. God, I have to take a hot shower after reading your slime. Oh, the issue with the loan is we don't know to whom he owes it and if it is in fact "standard opiating procedure", that explains the drug problem with Trump and Jr. Sure hope you aren't spying ummmm working the polls this time around. (he looks at info he shouldn't, just so you know)

Bryan.the.Nuri

Wow... Never thought we'd see the day that David Sparkman, spokesperson for the Frederick County Republican Committee, would bash the service record of a veteran. I guess the slavish followers of Trump are now taking to calling members of our Armed Forces, suckers and losers to their face?

Bernie Mac

That is a lie!

Spock Here

Desperation of the cultists is really stinking to high heaven

john brown

So Mr. Sparkman what rank did you achieve in service to our nation. Have you really sank as low as tRump ro ridicule those who have served all in the name of the pathological liar and racist tRump. Your attack on the Colonel says far more about your character than his.

shinyhappypeople

Happily, i do not know you. But your comment is that of a disgusting and ignorant person. And get yourself some help...you have been brainwashed and appear to be in a cult. A very, very dumb one at that. Go. Go one...go all. And dont let the door hit you in arse on the way out. Bah-bye!

Doc Samson

@DavidS - Wow! You know you're on the "right" path when you get a full blown "hypocrisy outrage" reaction from the MSLSD crowd... [lol] I guess with such unquestioning support of anyone with a military record, they'll be voting for Gade over Warner...

Spock Here

"doc" tries so hard...so sad to look at.....poor guy

Journey2goremtns1

The colonel sounds like he's talking about the Obama-Biden crime family?

john brown

If that is what you "hear", this should help:

https://hearbetter.helpyourhearing.com/

Don Specht

Except for yours truly, every posted response was from an anonymous Facebook account.

Why?

Spock Here

I am not a facebook account, but anonymous. I'd hate for my wife to find out I'm not really playing solitaire......others think that the liberal leftist socialists want to murder them in their sleep. The reasons vary.

fredpeggy

First - thank you for your service Robert Sigl, Lt. Col. I would like to respectfully ask that Col. Sigl share the fact check he researched on the facts he listed.

Spock Here

I'm not the Col. but Trump is the source of the facts listed. Either directly or indirectly.

john brown

I fact checked them, they are at least 95% correct.

The Node

There is more evidence that Biden took $10M from China than there is evidence that Trump colluded with Russia. The current crop of Democrats have supported policies that release criminals back onto the streets with little to no supervision and then blame Trump for increased crime. They call for “common sense gun laws” but release convicted felons carrying firearms at protests. I spent 5 years in the pentagon dealing with this type of officer who assumes only his world view is accurate. His acceptance of unsourced negative information as gospel shows questionable curiosity especially when refuted by people who were actually there. Sorry, LT Col, this Col calls BS!

john brown

"there is none so blind as those who will not see”

john brown

evidence against Joe Biden from rudy "do anything for a buck" ghooliani who the FBI/CIA say is been used by putin to push lies about Biden and his son.

john brown

If tRump can say he knows more than the Generals, I feel confident I know more than colonel the node

Doc Samson

@the Node - Wow, facts. How BORING! And as ol' jb noted, they simply refuse to look. Also, HOW DARE YOU QUESTION THIS SERVICEMAN???!!! He is following the DNC narrative and, therefore, shall not be subject to any scrutiny whatsoever! [rolleyes]

john brown

for the tRump bootlicks, tRump, a bonafide draft dodger, called our military service men and women, "losers and suckers" for serving this nation. how do the bootlicks justify that..smh.

The Node

Biden also dodged the draft but he’s excused? The losers and suckers comment is unsourced but refutation by over 20 people there is well documented. While I can understand why people want to vote against Trump, I cannot fathom why anyone would vote for Biden. A man with 47 years of experience unhampered by any accomplishments.

john brown

Source: General Kelly, tRump's resigned Chief of Staff

Spock Here

Trump's latest warning about Trumpy is that if we elect Biden, Biden will listen to scientists! 😷 😷😷😷😷

The Node

Kelly is credited with comments at his son's grave that Trump asked him why they do it? What's in it for them? He never stated the losers and suckers comment.

john brown

many have contributed it to kelly and kelly never disputed it. that tells me all I need to know.

Spock Here

Here are "any". oversaw implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, then the biggest economic recovery plan in our country’s history. helped rebuild the American economy and save the American auto industry, lifting us out of the Great Recession

brokered Senate negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to pass the Budget Control Act of 2011 and avert a federal government shutdown

led a review in 2014 of federal employment and training programs that reach more than 21 million people per year, retooling $1.5 billion in grants to align with job-driven training best practices

helped pass Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), guaranteeing health coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions and 20 million who were previously uninsured

helped launch a “Cancer Moonshot” initiative in 2016 to accelerate efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer

sponsored the original Violence Against Women Act in 1994, leading to a major decline in intimate partner violence, from 2.1 million victims in 1994 to 907,000 in 2010

oversaw the confirmation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman in the history of the Supreme Court in 1993

as chair of an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee, advocated the addition of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Carol Moseley Braun

cosponsored proposed legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions in 2007

called for American participation in UN climate negotiations in 2005

introduced one of the Senate’s first climate change bills, in 1986, leading to the creation of a task force on global warming

utilized his experience working across the aisle to establish a pragmatic plan to cut carbon emissions and secure a sustainable future (click here to read more)

oversaw dispersement of $90 billion for clean energy as part of the 2009 Recovery Act. solar power increased 20x between the years 2008 and 2016

secured the passage of arms limitation agreements in 1979 between the United States and the Soviet Union, reducing the risk of global nuclear disaster

advocated for economic sanctions against South Africa’s apartheid government

pushed for U.S. intervention in the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, ending ethnic cleansing and bringing peace to the region

supported expanding NATO to include Warsaw Pact nations Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, advancing the cause of an undivided, democratic and peaceful Europe

served as primary sponsor of the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, helping law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute child predators

sponsored and introduced the Criminal History Background Checks Pilot Extension Act of 2008, allowing volunteer organizations – such as children’s sports groups – to obtain national and state criminal history background checks on their volunteers

Co-authored the 1994 crime bill, which has been credited with decreasing levels of violent crime, but also increasing rates of incarceration. Biden has recognized flaws with the original bill and his proposed policies look to address many of the concerns that resulted

I am sure you can argue that these are not "accomplishments" in the conservative mind. But he was working, which is a larger point. He certainly wasn't bankrupting several casinos, cheating on his wives, accumulating a 400 million plus loan, to god knows who, making him ripe for extortion. Yes, definitely a choice this time around.

john brown

Nicely done Mr. Spock, nicely done. May I have your permission to pass on such an impressive list of Joe Biden's accomplishments and mind you there are more. I lived in Delaware for a while and Joe was my Senator.

Bryan.the.Nuri

He had legitimate deferments due to being in college. You did get that was a thing back then, right? I mean history doesn't start and stop on your whim...

But let's not forget: bone spurs.

Independent

Thank you Col. for your service. I'm dumbfounded by the replies and commments to this letter. Who are you willing to listen to if not this highly experienced veteran? Who are you to disagree with him and then berate him? He has earned this right. America is not perfect, but we continue to strive for "a more perfect union". The blatant disregard for truth and facts has gotten us into this situation. How is the current administrations record for telling the truth? How about the family of "advisors"? Under no president in recent history has there been so many people close to him that have been convicted of crimes? Rule and Order? HA! That's ironic. Don't we, as Americans, deserve representatives that don't openly lie to us? Do we not deserve representatives who are trustworthy? How about representatives who believe experts, such as Lt. Col. Sigl? When someone with this much experience speaks, we should listen. We deserve representatives who protect us and not just the top 1% of wealthy elites. I'm very confused why anyone would want to attach their name to a person who has such open disregard for everything America stands for. We are better than this! We pay our share of taxes; we denounce white supremacy in all forms; we don't put children in cages; we listen to experts because we are humble; we talk with and help our neighbors instead of demonizing them; we recognize that we are not perfect, but we strive to be better than we were yesterday; we set examples for our children; we set the example for the rest of the world.

Spock Here

No, they don't want to listen to anyone who is highly experienced or considered an expert. Now that he is seeing dropping poll numbers, he's doubling down to resurrect his lies and chants from 2016, and recycle his enemies, Hunter for Hillary, for example. He knew once Biden became the nominee he’d likely lose.He tried Kanye. He tried Ukraine extortion. He tried Rudy’s Hunter Hack garbage. Tried Barr / Spygate / Durham Reports.He’s even apparently tried infecting Biden by dodging a COVID test before a debate. He'll try anything to avoid staying out of jail, which the entire family of grifters is facing. They'll say anything and know stupid people believe it. "Biden will listen to scientists" is the "threat" from him today. Fortunately he's playing to a shrinking base.

john brown

Thank you Colonel for your service and the truth.

shinyhappypeople

All too true. Thank you sir, for your letter and your service to our country.

Catherine Giovannoni

Thank you for your service and for speaking out on this important topic. Hopefully, this election will bring about a much-needed course correction.

Eredmon

America has been internationally abused for decades. We used to be able to afford that. Now, we are tapped out with flooding across what should be sovereign borders, and a crippling and expanding debt from social programs of our own. Several key Democrats come to mind in regards to selling America to China. Clintons, Obama, AND Biden and family have aided a country that has vowed to rule the world by 2047. They are well on their way. Only President Trump has stood up for America, brow-beating perhaps, but demanding many other nations to step up to pay their own way with NATO. Only President Trump has attempted to hold China responsible for unleashing the novel coronavirus and covering it up, as well as industrial espionage and theft of intellectual property. Mr. Biden and his entire group of minions (or are they guiding him?) continue to call our sitting President the problem. A vote for “them” will have us trying to move forward with quick sand up to our chins and rising.

Spock Here

Thank you for your service sir. It is amazing how many republicans and former administration officials are standing up and speaking out. What you are telling us is not new, and a matter of public record or from Trump's own mouth. Basically we have a president who grifts constantly, along with his family. They don't want to go to jail, so let's pull out all the stops to cheat to win. Failed as a casino owner, failed at life itself. Amazing.

Bernie Mac

They are part of the swamp. Did you think they would be quiet? Remain anonymous? Not fight back with lies and false propaganda? Are you really that naïve? Never mind. The answer is obvious.

Spock Here

Who knew Rudy Colludy's daughter was in the swamp! Reagan's son, Ron, apparently is too. "the swamp." And you call me a "nutjob." [alien]

Doc Samson

You didn't HAVE to do anything, colonel. But, it's still a somewhat free country, so thanks for sharing your pr0-Chinese, DNC talking points! It's not like we aren't hearing them on every single MSM channel or anything.... [rolleyes]

Bernie Mac

A lot of accusations with no evidence, substance or logic. Typical Trump-hater and/or Democrat. Will believe anything they see on the mainstream media. Watching too much CNN will make you stupid. Thanks for your service, Colonel. Now, wise up!

john brown

doc and goat boy serve a false "president/god" tRump and that is a sad state to be in. turn off faux news and that oan tRump propaganda. only then will your brain start functioning properly.

Bernie Mac

Watching CNN will make you stupid. Brown is living proof.

john brown

that coming from goat boy is a compliment and an endorsement for CNN. I personally watch them all ..CSPAN,MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and for laughs faux news, oan and the other right wing scare shows and better than all of that, I read. try it goat boy.

Bernie Mac

Brown admits that all of his news sources are left-leaning. It explains his ignorance. Those left-leaning news outlets are not telling you the whole truth. The most insidious behavior of the media is the ability to not report certain stories and facts. This is exactly what is done by CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, etc.... Ignorance is the choice that Brown has made.

john brown

node's complaint to the teacher has been noted. the goat has done his share of name calling in jest but we have been adult enough to not whine about such a minor thing

john brown

read it again goat, I watch faux news, oan, and other right wing "networks" on verizon

reading comprehension is important

Bryan.the.Nuri

They should also require that people use real names and not fake ones. Integrity comes from owning up to your actions and words.

The Node

Calling people “goat boy” shows you have little in the way of an intelligent argument against Bernie Mac. The Star should remove all posts that devolve into name calling.

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