Thank you for the history of it too.
I first took the oath to defend and protect the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic over 50 years ago. As far as I am concerned that oath applies until the day the Lord calls me home. I don't recall anyone telling me I was released from that oath when I retired. I'm not as fleet of foot and agile as I was 50+ years ago but the heart is still willing and the body also to a certain extent.
ChaplainThomas Gilbert Cole: You do not say whether or not you are active or what branch you serve in. I am a former Vietnam Chaplain assistant who served with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade attached to Captain Charles (Angelo Liteky) MOH awardee and one of the best men It has ever been my privilige to serve and call friend, as well.I have no doubt, he would be in agreement with you and like nearly all who serve armed or unarmed, combat hardened or not, the oath of service is the same. The requirements may be different but, those who serve an any branch of the military take the oath seriously and honor it with whatever committment is necessary, including a blank check they write when under oath for whatever the fulfillment requires; up to and including, loss of life. Until we enforce that responsibility and accountability on THEM we will continue to spiral downward. I am disabled as a result of that service but, whatever service I may render based on capacity to do so; I WILL and, I am sure that I will not be alone. I think John Paul Beard has the right of it as well and, his points are well taken and absolutely valid. It is difficult to prepare when the means of preparation are being taken from us on a daily basis but, they cannot prevent a guerilla resistance, nor are they particularly good at fighting such.God bless America and ensure that in the end, WE PREVAIL.
The military exists to assist We The People in protecting the interests of We The People abroad* and to assist We The People to protect** and uphold** The Declaration of Independence and The Original Constitution of The USA… We The People are always the ruler of The USA!
*includes prevention of tyranny when possible because: a) that’s the human thing to do, b) tyranny spreads and c) during “prevention” We The People show The People abroad alternatives to dictatorships.
**to protect includes protection from revisions and/or amendments of The Constitution without explicit consent from We The People, and to uphold includes challenging and/or removing anybody who tries!
we are called to protect and \defend from all threats foriegn and DOMESTIC.i fear i hear the distant sounds of the drums of a civil war.
I don't like it, right now they are being used as a sacrifice in the middle east. Their real purpose to defend America, protect our borders , and be respected by our allies, and feared by our enemies.
I can't see how they, those in power, have been able to get away with all the crap they're feeding us as well as the destruction and loss of life they have let happen!
Somebody has to grow a pair, with some authority and direction, otherwise we are just sheeple being led to the slaughter!
Our troops should not be used as pawns in their off-color chess game, their dying needlessly at the hands of some deranged lunatics, who couldn't care if they lived or died!
Amen COL. it is state by state that will prevail we each one of us as COL. Riley said join and form a unity and start with local elected officals and make them respond, with enough pepole demanding I feel we can get action.
One of the things which the founding fathers were very wary of was a large standing military. Up until the Korean War the US never really had a large standing military establishment. As a result of the threat from the former Soviet Union, China, and their surrogates the US had to maintain a large standing military establishment. What we have today is the result of politicians seeing that large military establishment and using it to engage in military "adventurism". The results of this adventurism are plain for anyone to see. It resides in places like Viet Nam, Lebanon, Iraq, Grenada, and Afghanistan as well as an untold number of unmarked and unremembered, except to their loved ones, graves. I would strongly suggest that everyone get a hold of a book called Soldiers of Misfortune if you want to really know what a terrible price the members of our military have had to pay in addition to what is generally very well known. And, unfortunately the shameful record of our military being short changed by the politicians dates all the way back to the time of the revolution. But to answer your question I would say the current members of our military are the most selfless, dedicated, and ill used group of citizens that this country has ever been blessed with.
To protect the U.S. Constitution ...
Local Prepared neighborhood watches ( Minutemen ) works very well in Natural disasters like Tornados & Hurricanes .. Hurrican Ivan we lost all communications to the outside world ,no phone to include no cell phones , no internet,we had battery powered radio to listen to that was it ...Local people joined together & cleared roads & cut trees ect ..Emergency units could not use the roads & you could not transit so you were on your own with your immediate very close neighbors.So you must be able to function without any communications & be able to administer medical aid to your small group.. Food & Water Storage is necessary at least 2 weeks worth ,but the more the better ..You were also your own police force,because the roads were blocked.
Be prepared to function without the conviences of life & no communications..
OBAMA IS OUT TO KEEP THEM IN THEIR JOB OVERSEAS SO NOT ONE WILL RETURN.....THEY SHOULD BE HERE PROTECTING THE U.S.A.
Susan are you a Veteran?