Posts Tagged ‘military’

July 4, 1776

4 July 2012

Once again, I have to ask “Has the time come?”  A bit more than 3 years ago, I asked that very question, and I still don’t know “the Answer.”  Go back and read the piece from 2009 and ask yourself the same question.

This is about where our nation is headed.  With the recent ruling on “Obamacare,” I now have to ask you this question.  If the government can require you to buy health insurance based upon some arbitrary standard (what they say you need versus what you actually need), what is to stop them from dictating/interfering in other areas of your private life?  In the market for a new car?  How about this one?  You can buy that one, but you will pay a “penalty” if you do.  Want to buy a new house?  Well, we have this one here that meets your needs.  Oh, you can buy that house over there, but you will pay a “penalty” if you do.  While these examples could be considered extreme, your “needs” will no longer be determined by you, but by some government employee and who knows how those “needs” will be determined.  Penalty or tax, it is still money you will pay to the government because you decide to exercise free will.  You know, that which was instilled in you by your Creator.  Has the time come?

Any regular reader of this little blog, knows in 1985 I took an oath.  That oath goes like this:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Read that oath carefully and notice to who or what I and every other service member swore allegiance to.  Not the officers appointed over me and not the President of the United States.  I and my brothers and sisters in arms swear allegiance to the Constitution of the United States.  Presidents come and go.  The Constitution has endured for 224 years despite the efforts of those opposed to it.  While it has been changed over the years, it still stands.

Even though I have not worn a uniform since 2005, I have not been relieved of that oath.  It does not have an expiration date attached.  Since I am no longer in uniform, I am no longer subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and no longer required to obey the orders of the President of the United States nor are any officers appointed over me.

Do you have the courage of those 56 men from 1776?  Or would you rather be as the sheep led to the slaughter?  Freedom or subjugation, the choice is ours.  I am on my soapbox, will participate at the ballot box, but don’t forget, I have a bullet box which is my eternal hope will remain sealed.  Make your choice carefully as once made, it cannot be unmade.  You don’t get a do-over.

Sarge, Out

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I must be a racist

27 June 2012

After all, I am not a card carrying member of the NAACP, the CBC, the NBPP, the ALCU.  I am a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Male.  All my life I have been brought up to believe that you judge a man by his character, what is in his heart, and not by the color of his skin.

I spent 20+ years in uniform preparing to answer my nation’s call, and don’t regret a moment of that time.  I now help train our nation’s warriors to answer that same call if it comes.  With very few exceptions, in our line of work, we do not concern ourselves with another’s looks, only that he or she carries his or her share of the load.  From pulling comms to pulling guard duty, everyone has a task to perform and we only care the task gets done.  We support each other and when needed, step in to help our brother or sister in arms.

I find it interesting that our current president declared that he was the first post-racial president and yet the conservatives are called racists simply for wanting the rule of law to prevail.  For example, conservatives support ensuring only those who meet the legal requirements to vote do so.  One way to ensure this is to require ID to cast your ballot.  All the legislation I have seen in recent time regarding voter IDs has REQUIRED the state to provide ID at NO CHARGE.  Cost to the individual?  Nada, nil, zilch, in other words FREE!  Some states, Georgia for one, even had MOBILE ID stations full up ready to come to a parking location near you.  Once again AT NO COST to the individual.  Liberals at various levels of government have done their best to defeat these actions.  And have succeeded.

The Constitution of the United States does not state who may or may not vote.  It only states that a STATE may NOT deny the right of suffrage to someone based on their gender (19th Amendment), on their age, as long as they are at least 18 years of age (26th Amendment), or on race (15th Amendment).  Other than that, the qualifications to vote in any election is set forth by each state.  States could, if the electorate therein so decided, could require any number of qualifications to register to vote and cast their ballots at the ballot box.  They could for example, and this is a bit out there, require that all persons desiring to cast a ballot wear a Led Zeppelin concert t-shirt and be well with in their right under the 10th Amendment to do so.  They can also require one to present a valid, government issued identification card to cast a vote.  Especially if the government has provided that ID at no direct cost to the individual.

It isn’t racist to require an ID to vote, it is simply ensuring that those desiring to cast a ballot have met the legal requirements for that state to do so.  It means your vote counts.  It goes to the integrity of the ballot box.

So, because I want my vote to count the same as yours even if we vote opposite of each other, I believe we should have to present valid identification to cast our ballots.  Not because I am racist, but because I am an American.  No more, no less.

Sarge, Out