Ann Barnhardt has a letter up from a Staff Sergeant who is leaving the US Army because of the various flaws that he sees in the leadership.
I can no longer wear the uniform knowing that I am lending my skills to this government which directly attacks the Constitution that I swore to uphold. I told one of my friends recently that my ‘problem’ was that I was giving the regime legitimacy every time I put the uniform on. Every senior person I have talked to about this thinks I am either nuts, anti-social, prejudicial to good order and discipline or something of that stripe. All of them are waiting on their precious pensions or are too afraid to have THEIR commanders come down on them. I pointed out that we swore to do this at the cost of our own lives, so what is a promotion, or a career or a pension compared to that? Is any of those things worth your soul? I had the opportunity to double my pay and pension and cover myself in glory one more time, but I have chosen to really tork off my chain of command by asking to rescind my application to WO School and not reenlist. To many of my friends and co-workers, this is a complete 180 and hard to understand.All emphasis in the original.
Now let me state up front: I do not have any disagreement with the problems that he lays out. The civilian government is, on it's face, a tyrannical dictatorship. We have a President who violates the Constitution on a daily basis. We have a Senate who has assumed as it's main duty the blocking of any bill that might attempt to reign in the President's action. And we have a bureaucracy who attacks the portion of the country who just wants to be left alone, and is aided and abetted by the dictator in the Oval Office and his flunkies in the Legislature. We have a Supreme Court who waves their hands and magically turns a mandate into a tax, and who twists itself into pretzels in order to find the unconstitutional to be constitutional.
In short, this country is fucked. And I'm not even approaching this from the moral angle.
The Staff Sergeant writing Miss Barnhardt goes on to describe a young Lieutenant making one of the stupidest statements I've ever heard from a commissioned officer, and that's saying something. All in all, he can no longer support the government that controls the military that he loves. I get it. Lord, do I ever understand where he's coming from.
So why haven't I done what he has, and walked away from the military? I mean, if I no longer believe that my government is a constitutional government and is instead a collection of tyrants all jockeying for position in the new banana republic, why am I still here?
Because someone has to limit the damage. Someone has to be damage control.
I truly wish I could sit this Staff Sergeant down and lay it out for him. Yes, Obama is a dictator. Yes, this country is fucked. Yes, shit will hit the fan. And when that shit hits the fan, and when Obama or the next tyrant orders the military to fire on Americans who simply want to protect their rights and their liberties, who will be there to tell them "NO!"?
You want to know why I'm still in? There's your reason. Because for every stupid Lieutenant there needs to be a Senior NCO to pull him aside and tell him exactly how much of an idiot he is. Because when that stupid young Lieutenant passes along the order to fire on Americans, there needs to be a Non-Commissioned Officer to pull him aside, pull his head out of his ass, and proceed to remind him of his Oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. There needs to be people to remind the younger Soldiers that unconstitutional orders are ILLEGAL ORDERS, and you have an OBLIGATION TO DISOBEY THEM, just as you have an obligation to disobey orders to commit war crimes or violations of the Geneva Convention.
And I also need to be one of the people teaching the new Soldiers exactly what their duties are, and what constitutes an illegal and unconstitutional order. Someone has to try to make sure that the military doesn't turn into just another wing of the
And that Staff Sergeant who's turning down a WO spot and getting out is leaving behind his opportunity to do that teaching as well.
And should it come to it, there needs to be people to stand up to the Field Grade and Flag officers, who can and will look them in the eye, and tell them that what they are doing is wrong, and illegal, and immoral, and unconstitutional. And if I get cashiered out for doing so and lose my precious pension, which may or may not be worth the paperwork it's written on, then so be it.
Where is it easier to effect a change, outside or inside? Why would I leave when I still have the opportunity and the ability to make sure that my troops, the Soldiers that I lead, will choose the right path when the time comes? And make no mistake, that time is coming. We're too far gone to go back now. We're on the downhill slide, and increasing speed. But as long as I can make sure that my troops follow the Constitution, and live up to the values that the military claims to stand for, then I'm going to be there.
We already know that there are military leaders who would target Americans who want liberty instead of government tyranny. So who is going to stop those leaders when they're told to attack the people in this country who actually believe in the Constitution and the rule of law? We need good people in the Army. Yes, the government is an unlawful group of criminals. That means we need Soldiers with integrity, honor and loyalty even more than ever before. We need people who will resist becoming political pawns.
It's a hell of a lot easier to influence people from the top, rather than the outside looking in. THAT is what I would tell that Staff Sergeant. He is in a position to have a huge affect on his Soldiers. Leaving now means that leadership disappears. And that would be the real crime.