Sunday, September 27, 2009

Oathkeeper Sunday: Open Letter to Servicemembers

An Open Letter to the Servicemembers of these united States Written by an American Servicemember
“Duty, then is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.” – General Robert E. Lee
Every oath administered at every enlistment, commissioning, and promotion across all branches of military service begins with the individual swearing or affirming to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic and … [to] bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” Should our country and government fall under attack from foreign armies, there is no question that we will defend this country and our Constitution to our last. But what should be the proper course of action for the servicemembers of these united States when our Constitution is threatened from within, by those who themselves have taken a nearly identical solemn oath to support and defend (or preserve, protect, and defend in the case of the President) the very document they usurp? The answer to this quotidian question, it would seem, is not self-evident when one considers the near silence of our military personnel.
When elected officials, regardless of political affiliation, whether Representative, Senator, or President, repeatedly defy the Constitution by legislating on and regulating all aspects of American life, commerce, privacy, and health in direct defiance of the limited scope to which the Constitution binds them (see Article I, Section 8), what recourse is available to the servicemembers bound by their oath? What options remain when repeated written and oral petitions for redress of grievances addressed to these officials are answered only by repeated injury? How many petitions of this nature must be ignored before American servicemembers and civilians alike finally muster the courage to ask such questions?
Some may say that the servicemember’s duty is to maintain the status quo and remain silent, declaring that it would be unwise or unprofessional for military men and women to opine on political matters. However, these matters are not of a partisan nature. The nature of addressing unconstitutional advances, rather, is that of a servicemember fulfilling his sworn duty and at stake is the nature of the relationship between the federal government and the people and States.
It is also perhaps not surprising that our servicemembers largely have remained silent considering the dearth of education pertaining to the Constitution military personnel and Americans at large receive. Is this willfully negligent or is it another effort to abstain from appearing partisan? Is this negligence to teach the Constitution sufficient to relieve the servicemember of his sworn duty to support and defend our governing document? Certainly not! Ignorance in this case is a terrible shame but is no excuse. The ethical responsibility is on the individual servicemember to fully understand his sworn oath and it falls equally on his leadership to ensure comprehension of and adherence to the oath.
If the servicemember’s duty to support and defend the Constitution persists, again what recourse is available? Seeking to engage fellow servicemembers in discussions about Constitutional authority for current legislation has the potential of yielding sarcasm, indifference, or being labeled a domestic terrorist threat. The time has sadly arrived where servicemembers who have sworn to support and defend the Constitution are marginalized for voicing their concerns that our governing document is being metaphorically shredded.
So again, what remains for the servicemember who sincerely holds himself accountable to his oath when he finds his fellow servicemembers and elected officials to be guilty of neglecting their own? Should he remove himself from military service? Should he abandon his sworn duty because so many others find the implications of supporting that oath an uncomfortable or unacceptable option? Common sense and an obligation to honor tell us that to do so would be absurd. Rather, it is the duty of the individual servicemember to continually and emphatically advocate the long-forgotten notion that the federal government abide by the law of the land. To that end, let this letter serve as a call to all those who have raised their right hand, often invoking divine assistance, to reexamine their willingness to abide by their oath and to accept its full weight and responsibility.
This inevitably will yield only two options: deciding to dutifully act in full accord with the oath, thereby truly supporting and defending the Constitution, or deciding to depart military service. Any other option would be a dereliction of duty.
H/T Oathkeepers.

1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.
2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people
3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.
4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.
5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.
6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.
8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control."
9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.


Steve: The Lightning Man said...

And furthermore, I refuse to pay the Gubmint a tax to keep owning my firearm.....

The_Kid said...

Hopefully that will be the case if need be.

Because sure as *, a good portion of the resident idiots will think it's a good idea to do some these things listed.

Z said...

Makes sense to me that if something goes against our constitution, no military person should support that.
Of course, the left will say that Iraq wasn't legal so our soldiers should have stayed home if this is the case.
We're getting to a point in our country where it's not looking good, folks; That Oathkeeprs even have to consider saying these things is scary in and of itself, Opus. xx

WomanHonorThyself said...

love it!..thanks!

Steve: The Lightning Man said...

You actually *do* have the right to refuse an unlawful/illegal order.....

Teresa said...

It is definitely both sad and scary that this letter had to be written at all. Unfortunately, the law doesn't allow for soldiers to speak out publicly on political matters, but I think if they are pushed to the brink and truly believe they are upholding and defending the constitution, the soldiers will stand up for America and our domestic enemies.

Opus #6 said...

Steve, what part of "shall not infringe" do they not understand!

Opus #6 said...

Kid, if we keep getting the word out, it makes it more likely the peace officers and service people will remember when the time comes.

Opus #6 said...

Z, scary, yet comforting to hear.

Opus #6 said...

Woman, thank you, too.

Opus #6 said...

Steve, it is hard to go against the tide. The men need to be fortified with knowledge.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, they are America's Finest, after all.

The_Kid said...

Opus, This will all be up to the military leaders.

Remember Kent State Ohio.

Gia's Spot said...

How easy it will be to "silence" the Oathkeepers and replace them with the "toe the party line" followers. I also say, remember Kent State...Hopefully it's a different world now..

They Say/We Say said...

Pres. Clinton rewrote the UCMJ, to say, the Military has Superior Authority over Civil Defense.
Tom Brokaw ask the Sec. of Defense, William Cohen about Posse Comitatus.
Cohen's answer: the people have more to fear from Terrorist, than their Military.
That wasn't a answer, he just told Tom to kiss off, and us.

Opus #6 said...

The government underestimates the American People at their peril.