I recently heard of a soldier who went on the internet and voiced his concerns about his unwillingness to follow unlawful and unconstitutional orders given by the president. He is now in hot water for doing so. I know nothing of policy, but I just wanted to say that I believe the soldier is in the right in saying the constitution trumps the president. Presidents and soldiers pledge to defend the constitution.
I understand that soldiers also pledge to follow a president’s orders, however, these positions of “president,” “soldier,” “congressman,” “senator,” etc, are created through the constitution to enact and preserve its laws; they are tools that work for the constitution. You can’t pledge to a tool, even a good one, because that same tool can always be used against you.
How can a soldier defend the constitution when following unconstitutional orders? In this instance, follow the president, you break your oath. Follow the constitution, you break your oath. How does one solve this problem?
The oath sounds flawed, right? No. To be clear, a pledge to a president is meant to keep you in line while defending the constitution. The most important component in an oath is the constant, or the thing that rules over all. The constitution is that constant, and naturally, it trumps the president.
While I am not in the military, I understand this soldier’s predicament, with President Obama going to war without a declaration, continuing the Patriot Act, signing the NDAA, and most recently signing into law the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order, giving the president and his secretaries the authority to seize all of your materials, food, water, and labor, in the name of national security, whether in war or peacetime. All of these examples are blatantly unconstitutional.
I thank this soldier for fulfilling his oath in doing his part to protect the constitution. Soldiers like this one bring attention to a serious matter never talked about concerning our government, that the constitution trumps all and gives us the power to say “no” when it is not followed.
Thank you for reading,
“Give me liberty, or give me death.” – Patrick Henry, 1775