It made me wonder about serving members of the American military. The ambitious program envisioned by the Obama administration can only be accomplished through coercion — even extreme coercion, depending on how severe the financial crisis becomes. When push comes to shove, the president may have to call on the armed forces to suppress any resistance to his Brave New World.
Members of the United States Military form one of the few remaining bastions of support for traditional constitutional governance in this country. How will they respond when their orders require them to rip down what remains of the Constitution and tread it underfoot?
It’s reassuring to learn that not all of them plan to obey without question any order that might be given to them. An organization known as Oath Keepers has been formed to remind veterans and serving members of the military that their oath is to the Constitution, and not to the President, the SecDef, the Pentagon, or any other person or organization.
The motto of Oath Keepers is “Not on Our Watch!” Here’s part of their explanation for what they are doing:
Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and not to any political party. In the long-standing tradition of the U.S. military, we are apolitical. We don’t care if unlawful orders come from a Democrat or a Republican, or if the violation is bi-partisan. We will not obey unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and immoral orders, such as orders to disarm the American people or to place them under martial law. We won’t “just follow orders.” Our motto: “Not on Our Watch!” or to put it even more succinctly, in the words of 101st Airborne Commander General Anthony McAuliffe at the Battle of the Bulge, “NUTS!”
There is at this time a debate within the ranks of the military regarding their oath. Some mistakenly believe they must follow any order the President issues. But many others do understand that their loyalty is to the Constitution and to the people, and understand what that means.
The mission of Oath Keepers is to vastly increase their numbers.
We are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our own troops.
Help us win it.
Below is a list of ten orders which the Oath Keepers will under all circumstances refuse to obey:
Declaration Of Orders We Will Not Obey- - - - - - - - -
Below is our declaration of orders we will NOT obey because we will consider them unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and immoral violations of the natural rights of the people. Such orders would be acts of war against the American people by their own government, and thus acts of treason. We will not make war against our own people. We will not commit treason. We will defend the Republic.
Recognizing that we each swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and affirming that we are guardians of the Republic, of the principles in our Declaration of Independence, and of the rights of our people, we affirm and declare the following:
1. We will NOT obey any order to disarm the American people. 2. We will NOT obey any order to conduct warrantless searches of the American people, their homes, vehicles, papers, or effects — such as warrantless house-to house searches for weapons or persons. 3. We will NOT obey any order to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to trial by military tribunal. 4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state, or to enter with force into a state, without the express consent and invitation of that state’s legislature and governor. 5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty and declares the national government to be in violation of the compact by which that state entered the Union.
6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps. 7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext. 8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control” during any emergency, or under any other pretext. We will consider such use of foreign troops against our people to be an invasion and an act of war. 9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies, under any emergency pretext whatsoever. 10. We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
There is a lengthy rationale for each of these ten points at the Oath Keepers site, and I recommend reading the whole thing.
And if you have friends or family on active duty or in the reserves, I suggest that you pass the link on to them. Our soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen may have to start thinking about these things sooner than they had planned.
Hat tip: M. Simon.