The Founding Fathers endeavored to give us a nation where individual liberty and self determination were to be zealously guarded. A nation where all men were created equal and endowed by the Creator with unalienable rights: freedom of speech, religion, right to trial, etc…. God, not government gave us these rights and government cannot legally take them away.
The government was supposed to protect these rights but is failing in this job miserably. The Constitution carefully explained, defined, and seperated the powers and authority of the government. They gave us what was intended to be a limited form of government, but today is anything but. One prime example is the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Oath Keepers Ohio chapter Secretary Officer Jim Singleton drafted the following for police and sheriffs:
“To me the possibility of those citizens and others under my protection being spirited off in the middle of the night by agents of the military, then being summarily incarcerated without access to judge or jury are insufferable and intolerable acts.
It will be argued that this only applies to foreign persons or others suspected of terrorism, but there are far too many avenues available to apply this to any group to which any administration may take umbrage with. When growing up and especially during our training in the academy we are instructed that the constitutional rights of all must be upheld at all times, as well as the respect for all people we come in contact with or represent. This section of the NDAA attempts to remove those rights which are enumerated and given to us by our Creator, and places them in the hands of the office of the President of the United States to be disregarded at his whim.
And in those few words lies a conundrum, do we as police officers, sheriffs, deputies, and others who have taken the oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, now turn our back on that very oath? Do we now turn against the very same people that entrusted us with a most sacred duty to serve and protect them. If in fact we follow a rule of law such as this bill enacts, it would mean that the oath that we all took meant nothing. We are obliged to follow all lawful orders given to us, but we cannot do this blindly. History has seen the result of these acts and has judged them accordingly. I can only ask all of you to take a moment to reflect upon all that we are taught and hold dear, the people we serve deserve and demand our highest respect for it is through them and they alone that we were given this oath. Do we simply turn a blind eye for the sake of political expediency and lose our respect? Is a few pieces of silver so dear that we would sell our honor for it? How will we explain to our friends and loved ones why members of our community were spirited away or how will they see us when they realize (that when their time comes) we won’t be there for them?
I believe that if and when those orders come, I cannot in good faith and in strict observance to my oath, allow myself to be a part of them. I would hope that members of our military in accordance to the articles of the UCMJ, would also refuse them as well. When that time comes I will do exactly as I have sworn to do, I will serve and protect those under my care, so help me God.”
“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become instruments of tyranny at home.” James Madison This is an apt description of the NDAA; legislation supported by Alabama’s own Senator Jeff Sessions. Legislation which could strip American citizens of due process. The President or any President for that matter could name you a “belligerent” and trample all over your rights.
The January 9, 2012 issue of The New American magazine article “Belligerent Americans” clarified the danger posed by the NDAA. “Given the tendency of the federal government to take a mile of liberty when given an inch of authority, is it too far-fetched to imagine a scenario in the near future where one who writes a blog criticizing the foreign policy of the President is branded a “belligerent” and captured by the military and imprisoned indefinately.”
We must draw the line as responsible, working, productive, God fearing citizens. We must take a stand for the Constitution, our rights, and our country. We must remind Washington that it is the servant and not the master. We must place them on notice that the breach of their oath of office will be remembered. They have betrayed our trust and will be held accountable at the ballot box.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or arms. Crouch down and lick the hand which feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were ever our countrymen.” Samuel Adams
What do you choose Alabama? Whither goest thou Alabamians? Freedom or servitude is the question. Get involved today and let your voice be heard.