Brought to light by a few comments on previous post, I pose a delicate dilemma. As a citizen soldier, that also served several years on the active duty side of the fence, I have taken both oaths to serve my country, and to serve my state. In both cases I have sworn to protect the Constitutions of the United States of America, and the wonderful state of Colorado. Now those documents sometimes come in conflict with each. Being a citizen soldier I have the unique ability to offer my loyalty to my state first and my country second. Though we have times when we are on federal orders, and therefore working directly for the federal government.
Now there are issues that we can discuss on either side of that fence that might require defense from enemies both foreign and domestic. Some would say there are several violations that are written into law. Starting with the existing tax code, but by no means limited to that. We have to seriously look at what people have done through out the history of our nation, and in that I am sure you will not have to look much further then the comment box of this and other post to see what others have to offer in this regard. That however is not the purpose of this post. The purpose is to clarify how far I am willing to go to support my pledge that I gave of my own free will, and how far I would be willing to go to stand by that conviction.
As stated in a couple of post before this, there are people concerned that the US military will be used inside its own borders. I am not talking about that whole Penn state type of use either. We are talking about a state of martial law to support or protect the current government. So where do I stand on this, and where is the stance of members of the military? Well I will not pretend to speak for others but I will speak for myself. I take my oath, and all the other oaths I have made in my life very serious. I do what I promised I would do. So if it comes to the wire and I have to draw a weapon on an American citizen I would do so if the orders were indeed lawful.
That is the key, lawful orders. I have a certain trust in my leadership, that a soldier must have in order to perform their job to begin with. That trust extends to them preforming their due diligence and looking to understand and support the orders they give. If I ask are they sure this is a lawful order they received and in turn passed down to me, I have that trust that they have done their home work. This trust is not blind, but it is necessary, and goes beyond being deployed in our borders. Police are expected to perform those duties day in and day out. Seriously I have major respect for a guy that can willfully pull his weapon on a civilian and shoot if need be. It is hard enough to draw done on some asshole in a foreign country that is a clear enemy. Its harder when you are dealing with people that live in your backyard.
As a soldier there is much more thought to things then people thing. It is not all simple knuckle dragging. We just think about things with a different view point and have different priorities. There are things that we hold more sacred and precious then life. This is why we put our life on the line to protect an idea, and an old piece of paper. Now I am in no way speaking for every soldier I know, but this is how I feel through and through. I see many military members that once they are retired or get out of service still pursue civil service in one way or another. They do this as cops, firefighters, or dare I say politicians. While they no longer collect a DOD paycheck they still seem to carry that oath that made before the headed off to boot.
So in response to if I would draw and fire on American civilians, if those civilians are a threat to the Constitution that warrants the use of deadly force then yes. Would I draw and fire on members of my own government, if the same situation applied, yes. Would I like it, hell no. We do a lot of things we don't like though, living in a tent in the Iraqi desert is not exactly camping. Do I see that happening any time soon though, no, and I hope I never see it. You see there are groups out there trying to pick a fight, and they want to see these issues resolved in blood, but most of them have never seen blood. You see our system can correct itself if our voices are heard loud enough. We could solve 90% of issues with this country with one amendment and not have to even think about shedding blood. One amendment taking the money out of politics, and poof shit gets fixed. This is why I choose to defend the Constitution, because it is a self correcting document. Trouble is everybody is trying to use that damn autocorrect and we know how fucked up that can be.
So am I ready to fight this never ending war on stupid, yes. I will not take a stance or side without thought. I will continue to trust the judgment of the officers appointed above me, and I will continue to offer them my thoughts and question things that need to be questioned. I will do my job, I am just hopeful that people will do their jobs as citizens and use their voice with votes and get shit fixed without having to cross that line between hard and retard. Seriously people this shit can get fixed, and it can get fixed if we read the Constitution, and protect it.