Questions have come up in many discussions on both the left and right side of the blogosphere about whether or not U.S. soldiers will fire upon U.S. citizens if the country collapses and the Fed's order the military to take control.
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There are no simple or easy answers. Speculation abounds on both sides of the argument.
The U.S. military provides an oath sworn at the time of induction that all who join take. It states;
I, (NAME), 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.The essential element of the oath is that it is an oath to protect the Constitution. It is not an oath to protect the federal government or follow orders of the president or anyone else in authority if their actions violate the Constitution.
What is interesting here are the implications. The oath taker swears to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. Unsaid, though implied, is that if the federal government and/or the president become enemies of the Constitution through their actions, the oath taker is compelled to defend against them.
If the federal government becomes your enemy, you can count on being classified as an enemy to them. Reference the recent DHS document making anybody that disagrees with the government or the president, an extremist, especially you pesky right wingers. The DHS document can be read here at Snooper Report.
For instance if, some speculate when, martial law is declared, there will likely be a very thin line that both citizen and soldier alike will have to decide whether or not they will cross. The citizen will have to decide if he wants to subject himself to the will of the military...or not.
The soldier will have to make the same choice...
So it bears the question, if the country collapses into anarchy and chaos, what are you as a citizen or a soldier or a police officer prepared to do?
I believe some would turn their weapons on citizens. They will just follow orders without thinking. It has been done in the past. Citizens will likely turn their own weapons on the miltary if that happens. There are 80 million gun owners in America by conservative estimates. That number is probably much higher. The bloodshed would be appalling.
The military is only as strong as the chain of command that is based upon clear moral authority. An un-Constitutional act would likely result in that moral clarity dissolving and the authority of leadership being put in question.
Some will state, correctly so, that many un-Constitutional acts have already taken place by our government. One has merely to read headlines. Of course it helps to know exactly what is actually written in the Constitution. Too many of our fellow countrymen don't have a clue, including elected officials who, one would assume, supposedly know the Constitution.
Don't count on it.
Educate yourself about the Constitution. Read it and comprehend what is written there. It could mean the difference between making an informed decision and one that is merely reactionary.
With the dissolving of moral clarity and authority, many in the military will question orders and missions. They may be faced with life or death decisions. These men and women are possessed with an above average dedication and loyalty to this nation. That alone will make some pause to consider orders to shoot American citizens, if it ever comes to that.
The oath they swore was to defend the Constitution and it's people. NOT to defend the government or elected officials if they make themselves an enemy of the Constitution and we the people.
The military will certainly take two actions if a worst case scenario ensues:
1. Protect strategic weapons and delivery systems from all incursions. There will be no questions asked, and no allegiances will be tolerated except to the Constitution.
2. The world and the enemies outside our borders will be put on notice that any attempt by them to interfere with our internal fight will be met with severe consequences, up to and including the use of nuclear weapons.On the one hand it is encouraging to know that U.S. soldiers take their oath of service very seriously and that they would likely question orders to suppress or fire upon U.S. citizens.
On the other hand, the fact that an organization like Oath Keepers was seen as necessary is frightening to many.
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"This is a Constitutional Republic, with the whole point being to secure and protect the pre-existing, unalienable rights of people. Those rights can be abused and violated by the one, the few, or the many and so a Constitutional Republic strives to shield those rights against all arbitrary power, including the power of the majority.We know that several thousand U.S troops have been actively training for urban warfare within our borders. Many see that as a sign of what may be in our future. Is it?
This is not rule by the majority, but rule by law, with the supreme law being a Constitution that intentionally divides and limits power, with a Bill of Rights added as an additional shield to protect you against the will of the majority or the will of powerful politicians." ~Stewart Rhodes--Oath Keepers~
Whose version of the Constitution of the United States will you abide by?
Statist will tell you that the Constituion must be constantly re-interpreted to comply with ever evolving societal changes. Bravo Sierra.
The Constituion was written in plain english for the common man and does not need interpretation. Argue about it all you like, I could give a damn.
The oath to 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, was valid when it was given to me so many years ago. It is still. Count on it.
What will you do?