Letter to the Editor

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

Jason Perry

Comments

  1. The kid is walking a very fine line. According to the UCMJ, military members may participate in certain political activities, as long as they abide by certain restrictions, namely that they do not participate in uniform and that they do not express their views as being that of the military.

    That said, most members of the military and the military in general try to remain apoitical, at least in public. Out of public view, probably 80-90% of members are conservative and realize that democrats do not have their best interests at heart.

    This is going to be a very interesting case because the military’s regulations and guidlines governing social media are vague at best.

  2. Shaun Broy says:

    Sarge,

    I was with you until you couldn’t resist throwing the Democrats under the bus when it comes to military issues.

    From a U.S. political and military perspective, President Obama (Yes. A Democrat.) scored some very decisive, perhaps even a surprising many, military victories and accomplishments in his first term as president.

    Such as each of these…

    -Began restructuring the military to reflect present day threats and technology.

    -Recommitted the U.S. to a policy of “no torture” and full compliance with the Geneva Conventions.

    -All service personnel receive education in a region’s culture and language before deployment to that area of the world.

    -Supported the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT).

    -Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date.

    -Established majorly lobbied for new cyber security office within the Pentagon.

    -Defense Production Act Reauthorization of 2009.

    -Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act.

    -Nuclear Forensics and Attribution Act.

    -Canceled contract for new Presidential helicopter fleet (28 helicopters, $11.2 billion).

    -Secured additional $1.1 Billion for improving airport security.

    -Increased pay and benefits for all military personnel.

    -Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan.

    -Set troop pullout in Afghanistan time table that he has worked hard to meet specified target date ranges.

    -Established Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid programs.

    -Changed course of focus to infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices in Afghanistan.

    -Completely ended combat mission (remaining personnel are nonagressive) in Iraq.

    -Drastically increased US Navy patrols off Somali coast.

    -Presidential Executive Ordered SEAL operation that resulted in killing of three terrorists and the release of US captain held by Somali pirates.

    -Drastically increased the U.S. uses of unmanned predator drones, which may give the United States greater­ rather than ­less freedom to engage in military operations without putting American lives at stake.

    -Closed secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

    -Opened door to space arms treaty.

    -Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks, refocusing on building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols.

    -Presidential Executive Order Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins in the US.

    -As Commander and Chief he caught more Taliban Leaders in one month than Bush/Cheney did in six years.

    -Negotiated nuclear arms agreements with Australia (5/5/2010), India (5/4/2010), and Russia (5/10/2010).

    -New START treaty and protocol with Medvedev.

    -The assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, through the use of predator drones.

    -Presidential Executive Order to conduct stealth mission into remote area compound in Pakistan, where intelligence was 50/50 at best that Osama Bin Laden was residing inside the location. Upon his order, a U.S. Navy Seal Unit was sent into Pakistan, avoiding radar or other detection and Bin Laden was finally located and killed, without a single life lost of one of our own. This action delivered not only due justice to our nation’s enemy number one, but another act of a continued barrage of actions that continued to fracture Al Qeada’s organization and threat to our country today.

    The Truth:

    Our Commander and Chief has served our great country with honor and made some very tough decisions with his entire presidency on the line. We are truly safer today than we were in January of 2008 when our President was sworn into office. There are many things you can rather easily attack regarding President Obama’s record during his first term, but to tread on these grounds will lend you very little traction right now. His foreign policy and military accomplishments are some of the very strongest pillars of his presidency.

    I may be a Democrat, but quite a hawk if I may say so myself…

    Please let us not forget our Secretary of State is also one of those “Democrats” you speak of and she is know to be a very bold, brilliant and steadfast war-hawk. There is no one in this world that would deny Clinton’s might and her dedication to our military’s best interests.

    The two most powerful people in the world, Obama and Clinton are D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-S. They are known for having the best interests of our military in mind at all times, and have decisively turned to military action when necessary with great poise, determination and leadership over the past four years.

    The United States of America has improved it’s position on the world stage in terms of how our military is looked upon and those Democratic leaders behind it’s success, actually have been raising the bar when it comes to the image of our military.

    Your statement claiming that “Democrats do not have the military’s best interests at heart,” is quite frankly dead wrong and out of touch with reality. When the time comes and we are called upon as Americans, not Republicans…. not Democrats to answer the call of duty, all these political labels go out the window.. and those who must make the tough decisions to put to use the greatest military in the world… The truth is that in the situation room, to those making these tough decisions… it is the U.S.A. that matters and not any silly political affiliations. Whether your last name is Obama, Clinton or Bush… We are all on the same team when we must face the dogs of war together, as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

    God Bless America!

    Best,

    Shaun Broy

  3. “Your statement claiming that “Democrats do not have the military’s best interests at heart,” is quite frankly dead wrong and out of touch with reality.”

    Really?

    And how many years did you served Shaun? Your knowledge comes from……………………? (Huffington Post doesn’t count.) My knowledge comes from experience, which in the real world trumps what some kid cut and pasted together at the Obama Campaign Headquarters.

    Let me tell you how it is in the real world. I served from 1984 to 2006. When I came on active duty, most every one of my bosses were Vietnam era vets. They cursed the name “Jimmy Carter” because he presided over a hollow military that had been so neglected during his reign that we couldn’t even get a flight of helicopters into Iran to rescue hostages (That were held for over a year under his impotent reign) without two of them breaking down, thus scuttling the mission.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Eagle_Claw

    Most of us know what Reagan did for the military. That included an 11.7 and a 14.3% pay raise. I remember one of my bosses saying they could finally to buy a house. How nice, huh?

    http://www.slideshare.net/gamefish42/military-pay-raise-history-projections-1976-2017

    And I think if you look even a little bit at the chart I posted, you can see which presidents paid the military and which ones did not. Oh, and look at Obama’s projections. Wow, 1.4%. Just enough for a six pack, or to put you in a higher tax bracket. Thanks!

    After Reagan, the military began a drawdown because truthfully, we had people tripping over each other during the Cold War. They were needed at that time, but after Reagan brought down the Soviet Union, we didn’t need as many people. Responsible cuts began and continued under Bush I. I remember him entering into reduction negotiations with Congress saying “This far and no more”.

    Then Clinton and the Dems made the scene. Pay suffered in the 90’s and there were severe cuts to the military, all while increasing our deployment tempo by around 300%, mainly to go on pizza delivery missions to Haiiti and Bosnia. And while Klinton was making great hay over balancing the budget, the ugly secret was of the of the 300,000 people cut from the Federal Government, 280,000 of them were from the military, as well as most of the “found” money that helped balance the budget.

    Oh, and here’s a nice cut and paste as well, with a little John Kerry (a Democrat) thrown in for good measure. It’s all legit

    Clinton cuts

    709,000 REGULAR (ACTIVE DUTY) PERSONNEL.
    293,000 RESERVE TROOPS.
    EIGHT STANDING ARMY DIVISIONS
    20 AIR FORCE AND NAVY AIR WINGS WITH 2,000 COMBAT AIRCRAFT
    232 STRATEGIC BOMBERS.
    9 STRATEGIC BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINES WITH 3,114 NUCLEAR WARHEADS ON 232 MISSILES.
    500 ICBMs WITH 1,950 WARHEADS.
    FOUR AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND 121 SURFACE COMBAT SHIPS AND SUBMARINES PLUS ALL THE SUPPORT BASES, SHIPYARDS, AND LOGISTICAL ASSETS NEEDED TO SUSTAIN SUCH A NAVAL FORCE.

    Sen. John Kerry, Democrat from Massachusetts:
    He voted to kill the Bradley Fighting Vehicle He voted to kill the M-1 Abrams Tank He voted to kill every Aircraft carrier laid down from 1988 He voted to kill the Aegis anti aircraft system He voted to Kill the F-15 strike eagle
    He voted to Kill the Block 60 F-16 He voted to Kill the P-3 Orion upgrade He voted to Kill the B-1 He voted to Kill the B-2 He voted to Kill the Patriot anti Missile system
    He voted to Kill the FA-18 He voted to Kill the F117 He voted to kill every military appropriation for the development and deployment of every weapons systems since 1988, including a bill for battle armor for our troops.
    John Kerry voted to kill all anti-terrorism activities of each and every agency of the U.S. Government. He voted to cut the funding of the FBI by 60%. He voted to cut the funding for the CIA by 80%. He voted to cut the funding for the NSA by 80%. THEN, he voted to increase OUR funding for corrupt operations by 800% !!

    By the end of the Clinton administration, military pay was lagging behind our civilian counterparts. At the base where I was stationed at the end of Clintons term, we had a wing of 100 F-15E Strike Eagles, half of which were sitting in hangers because they were being cannibalized for parts to keep the other 50 flying. The rest of the Air Force was likewise affected. The rest of the military had the same issues

    Think the Armed Force would be sending soldiers on multiple one year deployments today if we had kept even half the personnel Klinton cut? Doubt it. What foresight, huh? Oh, and bringing up Hillary is absolutely laughable. Did you know that she has such a well renown hatred for the military that she made the military staff that served in the White House remove their uniforms? Yeah, there’s a real love for the military for ya.

    Oh, and here’s how most people in the military feel about Hillary. Note the red circle.

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/crossed.asp

    I’ll get to more on her in a bit

    Bush II came into office and bumped up military pay and the budget so that we could get those 50 fighters back up in the air, among other things. Obviously, most of the budget since then has gone to “bullet and beans” for the wars. We have not had a chance to re-capitalize our worn out or broken equipment that has been used heavily in Iraq and Afghanistan. The average age of an aircraft in the Air Force is upwards of 40 years, and Obama just cancelled the 5th generation fighter that is needed to replace our 40 year old F-15’s.

    Speaking of Obama, did you know that just last week he was caught in an open mic moment offering to “share” classified data on missile defense with the Russians? Most people would call that “treason”. Obama has already directed the Defense Department to cut 400 Billion out of their budget even before the congressionally mandated cuts that were part of the budget deal. Thanks to Obama, the Pentagon may face yet another 500 BILLION from their budget, all while we have troops in harms way. So once again we have a DEMOCRAT getting money for social spending from the military. You notice that no other Federal agency is preparing for those kinds of massive cuts? Obama has also gone after veterans and retirees benefits with proposed cuts to TRICARE, the military health care system, and increases in premiums up to 300%. So, after putting in 20+ years of service to their county, the vets get screwed by a democrat again. And for a double screwing, the retirement and health care plans for union DoD employes were left untouched. Nice, huh?

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=49819

    Oh, and the repeal of “DADT” isn’t going as swimmingly as the media portrays either. That comes right from my buds that are still on active duty.

    And then there’s Hillary, architect of the “Arab Spring”. How’s that going? Hmmm, lets’ see. We have the Muslim Brotherhood gaining prominence in Egypt, which controls the Suez Canal, one of the world’s 7 oil choke points. They also advocate the vacancy of the Camp David accords, or in simpler terms, the peace treaty with Israel. Libya is now reduced to tribal fighting and the torture of native Africans. Tens of thousand of fround to air missiles disappeared during that boondoggle, a boondoggle that Roberts Gates said had NO EFFECT on the security of the US. And if you notice, every faction the Obama has helped and/or sided with in the arab spring has been pro Iranian as well. Hmmmm. Wonder why we went into Libya but not Syria, whose “freedom fighters” are fighting to overthrow the pro Iranian government? Wonder why Obama and Hillary did not help the pro Western uprising in Iran in 2010, but instead allowed it be to crushed? Wonder why we didn’t help our ally Baharain when they had an uprising lead by pro Iranian elements?

    Hillary. Really?

    As for your list

    1. -Began restructuring the military to reflect present day threats and technology.

    Nothing has been “restructured”, unless you call figuring how to do more with less “restructuring” The CHICOMS have had double digit increases in their military spending for the past ten years. They are actively engaged in cyberwarfare activities against the United States and miss no opportunity to steal proprietory and/or classified information inorder to reverse engineer the item and catch up to us on the cheap

    Recommitted the U.S. to a policy of “no torture” and full compliance with the Geneva Conventions.

    We were complying with the Conventions to begin with.

    All service personnel receive education in a region’s culture and language before deployment to that area of the world

    My favorite news item lately

    http://elevenbravotwenty.blogspot.com/2011/09/seal-quote-of-week.html

    Dana Perrino ( Fox News) describing an interview she recently had with a
    Navy SEAL. After discussing all the countries he had been sent to, she
    asked if they had to learn several languages?

    His reply:

    “Oh, no, ma’am. We don’t go there to talk.”

    Supported the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT).

    Yeah, something to really be proud of. And now the degenerates are asking for benefits for their “spouses” while Obama is saying that we can’t afford benefits for regular vets

    -Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date.

    Stop loss has been around for at least 12 years. I was subject to it during Desert Storm. So in typical Obama fashion, he’s trying to take credit for something he didn’t do

    -Established majorly lobbied for new cyber security office within the Pentagon.

    What a crappy sentence.

    -Defense Production Act Reauthorization of 2009.

    So what? This happens every year

    -Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act.

    -Nuclear Forensics and Attribution Act.

    -Canceled contract for new Presidential helicopter fleet (28 helicopters, $11.2 billion).

    -Secured additional $1.1 Billion for improving airport security.

    And this had something to do with the military how?

    -Increased pay and benefits for all military personnel
    .
    Yeah, fighting hard for the whole 1.4 % for next year

    -Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan.

    Yes, it’s working so much better now, huh? Maybe if he hadn’t taken 8 months to figure out whether or not he wanted to deploy additional troops that the commanders requested, it would be more in hand. I won’t even go into the ridiculous ROE’s (Rules of Engagement) he’s hampered our military with

    -Set troop pullout in Afghanistan time table that he has worked hard to meet specified target date ranges.

    -Established Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid programs.

    -Changed course of focus to infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices in Afghanistan.

    -Completely ended combat mission (remaining personnel are nonagressive) in Iraq.

    There are still combat units there, although you wouldn’t know it from the media

    -Drastically increased US Navy patrols off Somali coast.

    Link?

    -Presidential Executive Ordered SEAL operation that resulted in killing of three terrorists and the release of US captain held by Somali pirates.

    -Drastically increased the U.S. uses of unmanned predator drones, which may give the United States greater­ rather than ­less freedom to engage in military operations without putting American lives at stake.

    During Bush’s time, the Dems and Libs were whining that we were invading an sovereign nations airspace. Guess we don’t have that concern now, huh?

    -Closed secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

    Are you sure? And he violated his own Executive Order on Gitmo, as it remains open

    -Opened door to space arms treaty.

    You mean when he offered to give the Russians classified information on missile defense, to make things faaaaaaaaaaaaaair?

    -Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks, refocusing on building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols.

    -Presidential Executive Order Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins in the US.

    -As Commander and Chief he caught more Taliban Leaders in one month than Bush/Cheney did in six years.

    -Negotiated nuclear arms agreements with Australia (5/5/2010), India (5/4/2010), and Russia (5/10/2010).

    -New START treaty and protocol with Medvedev.

    -The assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, through the use of predator drones.

    So you see Shawn, over half of your list is either outright lies, crap or attempts to take credit for things that normally go down anyway. And while it’s America, and you are certainly allowed to your opinion, please know that it is extremely uninformed.

  4. Exclusive: White House aides insisted F-22 be removed from Obama speech venue

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/12/02/exclusive_white_house_aides_insisted_f_22_be_removed_from_obama_speech_venue

    When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska’s Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hangar. But according to multiple sources, White House aides demanded the plane be changed to an older F-15 fighter because they didn’t want Obama speaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end.

  5. The defense budget has already suffered cuts

    http://shadow.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/10/18/the_defense_budget_has_already_suffered_cuts

    Most recently, the Associated Press did this in a story on Governor Mitt Romney’s statement that, if elected, he would reverse President Obama’s defense cuts. Yet the Associated Press overlooked an inconvenient fact in its “fact check”: in the months prior to the passage of the August 2011 deal to raise the debt limit deal, Obama not only bragged in a major policy speech that defense spending had been cut by $400 billion on his watch, but also said he wanted to repeat the cuts. The follow-up round of $400 billion or more in military cuts will now be enacted as part of the immediate reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

    So, the reality is, despite what many of us defense hawks would like, defense has indeed been put on the table for both Republicans and Democrats — and cut very deeply.

    This is concerning for two reasons.

    First, defense is not what got us into our current fiscal mess. Drawn from publicly-available government data, the chart below shows that spending on social entitlements and other domestic programs has grown almost exponentially, especially beginning in the early 1970s. In contrast, national defense spending has remained comparatively flat, even when the emergency funding of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq is included.