"I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God." (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)”
On the wall of my office is my commission as an officer in the United States Army. In order to get it I had to swear an oath (above) to defend the Country and the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic and to swear true faith and allegiance to the same.
This was given to me long ago and I never really gave much thought to anything but the foreign enemies part. Nor did we receive training in anything other than how to deal with foreign enemies (violently but with certain rules). I had no training in identifying or defending against domestic enemies. And I had no training on what it meant to defend the Constitution.
I’m going to leave the Commission on my wall, because it reflects an achievement I’m proud of. But if asked to accept it again, I’d be tempted to say “Gosh… I’m not willing to defend the Constitution as currently written, and I think you are a domestic enemy, is one out of three okay?”.
Oh sure Ken, you say, you don’t like Obama so you call him a domestic enemy. I despised Clinton, but I would have accepted a commission from him. I believe that Obama is a domestic enemy. I do not believe he likes or respects this country and I think he actively works against our interests and the good parts of our Constitution. I believe he and others in his government have long term plans to subvert the freedom parts of our Constitution.
Not all parts though. I think there is one part he really likes. And that leads me to the other reason I’d have a problem accepting a commission today… there are parts of our Constitution I would not be willing to defend. In particular the 16th amendment – the right to tax us any darn well the Government wants to. Put it in context with the other amendments, which detail what the Government can’t do, the 16th amendment is the most “unconstitutional” amendment one could imagine other than “this document is nullified”.
The 16th amendment led to the growth of government that threatens our rights and economic freedom and security. Why defend it?
This is not to disparage any serving today. If I were younger I’d probably be serving as well – we clearly have foreign enemies that are actively fighting against us.
But… I’d do so with a sour taste in my mouth as I knew I’d only be willing to do a third of the job.