"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Thursday, December 10, 2015

George Takei Invites Donald Trump to See Allegiance

Having seen the show on Broadway, I wholly recommend the Donald go see it.  It was fantastic.

But George might also want to invite former presidential candidate and Hillary Clinton supporter, General Wesley Clark (ret), to the show.  General Clark also recently said that America should bring back concentration camps in America for American citizens that the government suspects are "disloyal."  Sounds a great deal like America under the fascist Franklin D. Roosevelt who used his unprofessional oath-breaking military to violate the Constitutional rights of 70,000 American citizen men, women, and children.  One of those children being Mr. Takei.

Perhaps Donald and Wesley could go together to see Allegiance?  Their lack of character won't be changed by seeing the show, but it's still a wonderful production and Donald and Wesley would make a cute couple.

On the real stage of life, those of us in the military need to be ready to disobey any unlawful order to round up Americans and put them in concentration camps in violation of the Fifth Amendment we swore to defend.  Do not think it can't happen again just to psychologically duck the dark reality we find ourselves in.  A bi-partisan Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court of the United States have passed, signed into law, and upheld a law allowing the President to use the military to arrest Americans in America and hold them indefinitely in prison without charge or trial, or a jury of peers.  That was years ago, quietly passed over a holiday break with support from both sides of the aisle.  Now why would this power, which the ACLU blasted President Obama over as a blight to his legacy, be put into place?

There are plenty of people, to include those in the military, who would have no issue violating our Constitution again through internment camps.

As Justice Scalia, senior justice of the Supreme Court of the United States recently said, we are kidding ourselves if we think concentration camps won't happen again in America.

As military officers, we are the last check and balance when all other checks-and-balances get it wrong, as they often and increasingly do.  We do not want to be soldiers rounding up innocent Americans only to cry about it in the fits of guilt that come with being a uniformed traitor to your nation.

We have to get it right when politicians, in robes or otherwise, get it absolutely and inexcusably wrong.  We are the last defense of Americans.  Should the order come, say "no" and let the chips fall where they may.  You are in the business of courage.  Don't fail if tested.  Americans need you to make good on your oath.  If that is too much for you, find a private profession and do it quickly.

In the meantime, please consider joining the residents of Bainbridge Island (where the first Americans were rounded up by armed American soldiers executing FDR's executive order), in saying that this cannot be allowed to happen again.

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