Mother Jones is not a magazine known for highlighting the good works of institutions such as VMI. More often than such institutions would be in Mother Jones "progressive/liberal/populists" crosshairs. That is not the case in a recent article regarding the Romney speech at VMI. As COL Lang has suggested in earlier post VMI would be a good host but would do nothing to give an appearance of support for a particular presidential candidate.
I have no doubt that the VMI graduate who organized the appearance, believed that it was right and proper. I know him, he is a fine young man, but like many of us in our youth, he allowed his exhubrance to get in the way of common sense.
There is a good reason for the military to remain impartial--regardless of who is elected, that person will be the Commander in Chief as specfied by the Constitution of the United States. The military's alligence is to the Constitution, not a particular political candidate. Unfortunately this message and responsibility is often lost on some who serve in the military; or some who use their retired rank to indicate support for a particular candidate. Neutrality is the best course; to be partisan will ultimately erode the special trust and bond between those serving in uniform and the American public. Foresman