What Would You Do If Your Kid Wanted to Enlist?

Doing research for the new book last night, I got to a section on who has the ability to declare war. And it reminded me of a question my wife asked earlier yesterday.

“What would you do if one of our kids wanted to join the military?”

Myself, I would question them extensively.

  1. “Why do you want to join?”
  2. “Do you see how the military is currently being used?”
  3. “Will you stand by the Oath you’ll take to defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic?”

Lets take these one at a time. Why join?

‘Fighting for freedom’? We are less free now than before 9/11. Patriot Act‘s library record raids, warrant less wiretapping, FISA warrants you never get to see (how do you know it wasn’t written after the fact), being indefinitely detained by NDAA and molested by the TSA.

You’re not fighting for our freedom, that’s a bad joke.

For the perks, like the military paying for your school and sign up bonuses, etc.? To get out of the town you grew up in? At least that’s an honest answer I can’t shoot down.

How’s the military being used?

It was meant to defend the country, like when Pancho Villa attacked a town in Texas, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. 9/11.

That’s what it’s for. But  lately it’s not used for that.

Lets just go back 20 years. Desert Storm? To protect Kuwaiti Oilfields aka money. And under Clinton who sent the military out 44 times in his 8 years in office, as “peacekeepers”. Troops went to the Balkans, Somalia (Blackhawk Down), Rwanda, Macedonia, Ecuador, East Timor, Kuwait, Liberia, Albania, Congo, Gabon, Sierra Leone, and Sudan.

Under Bush going after the American trained Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which turned into Nation building. Iraq, which has nothing to do with us, more nation building and getting rid of a former friend. Threatening Iran, who had years ago ran out the American installed Shah of Iran.

Under Obama, Libya, Yemen, still in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe Turkey soon. The Congo. Some details here

So if you want to be the world’s cop and used for corporate gain and lining politicians coffers, go for it. Just realize Iraq and Afghanistan is covered with contractors making lots of green off the blood of soldiers. The only legitimate  reason, and still illegal since war wasn’t declared by Congress, was getting Osama. Not building Afghanistan. They do provide food and support to nations around the world, though I’ve argued against foreign aid before. Still not the intent meant for them.

And lastly, will you stand by your word to defend the Constitution from enemies overseas and here?

Have you even read it? And if you have do you realize the government that gives you your orders has violated the document you swore to defend multiple times? If you don’t do anything that makes you a liar. You broke your word. How do you live with that? Do you have the integrity to stand by it?

And if you haven’t read it, and understand it, and take the oath, you’re nothing more than a mercenary working for a check. Not a patriot. How can you defend something you don’t understand?

In today’s current state I would advise against my kids going into the military and if they choose to do so I will make sure they understand what they’re getting into and the ramifications of that decision. Everyone should ask themselves these questions before joining.


Declaration of Independence; My Way Or The Highway

Have you read the Declaration of Independence? You really should, so you’ll see where we came from and the fact that we’re going back to the tyranny we fought a war over. This is a 10 part series on the Declaration. Let’s begin.

“He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.”

Calling together the English congress in weird and far off places doesn’t seem that bad today but remember, this was the 1700s. You had 4 modes of transportation, feet, horse, carriage or boat. And if the King has you hopping all over the country you’ll be more likely to agree just so you can rest. And if you do show some spine, he’ll fire you and liquidate the legislature. The equivalent of when you lose a game of checkers you kick over the board.

“He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.”

After he kicked over the checkerboard he wouldn’t let anyone else play either. And a organized group fights stronger than a lone man, so if a village was invaded, the King didn’t care. The subjects were pawns for his amusement. How does this apply today?

Well the President doesn’t make Congress travel all over to meet, and he can’t liquidate it. But this President and past ones have kicked over the checkerboard and done whatever he wants. How? Executive Orders. The same thing that “gave” the EPA the power to regulate CO2 when Cap & Trade failed. Or entering Libya and staying beyond the War Powers limits.

But it’s not just the President to blame, because we don’t have warring political branches so much as warring ideologies and parties. And when the Congressional majority and the President is from the same party, that Congress will continually abdicate more authority to that President. An example, Iraq. War was never declared, so it’s an illegal war, but Congress kept funding it. And then complain when another party’s President does the same. Not to mention the regulatory power of all the government agencies who make regulations with the full power of the law that Congress doesn’t vote on.

We defied one tyrant, fought for freedom, and birthed a nation based on the foundational right to live your own life as long as you do no harm to others. We have been moving steadily backwards from the ideals that founded America, and we should be ashamed. The power is in the people, and we abdicated that authority to faceless bureaucrats. We have a choice, Dependent or Independent. Which are you?

Next week, I’ll look at more of the charges against King George and see if we suffer under the same today.