“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Here's the difference (I just googled to find it so can't verify the source): Enlisted vs Commissioned Military Oath of Office | Citizens Against ProObama Media Bias
Here's the officers version by itself: Commissioned Officer Oath Of Office
Here's the enlisted version by itself: U.S. Armed Forces Oath of Enlistment
Now we can't have soldiers questioning every single order we give which is why they risk the consequences if they make the wrong choice.
Our founding fathers already fought against one government and one of their biggest fears is that this government would become to powerful and get just as bad. It is the reason they said things such as "
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. "
I cannot recall any military coup in world history that ended up as anything but military rule, at least for awhile. I'm sure many have started with good intentions... the overthrow of repressive regimes... but power corrupts, and we all like to think we'd be benevolent dictators.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
The part about lawful orders is covered in the last part.... "according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice..."
The devil in this is defining 'truly fighting to preserve the Constitution...'
While our Government has supported many coups overseas I see them as bad form in CONUS.
I'd say the Military needs to sit out any political struggle. This can be what-if'd to death but we are no where near any serious need for tanks to roll in our streets...
The five great lies of the
We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.
In reality, to justify overthrowing a government would require not just a violation of the constitution or even repeated violations, it would require that the constitution itself...our form of government was under attack and at risk of destruction from 'enemies foreign and domestic.'
The crazies on the right like to hype up constitutional violations, real or perceived, as some kind of equivalent attack. It is far from it and something that we've never seen, or have any reason to believe is on the horizon near or far.
Also, some on here have indicated that not following unlawful orders is the same as protecting the constitution. It is not. Similarly, following lawful orders is not part of supporting and defending the constitution. One could, for example, be given a lawful order that violates the constitution or vice versa. In this case, the constitution would be the supreme authority. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines aren't expected or empowered to interpret the constitution, that is why their oath includes following the orders of the POTUS and officers appointed over them. It provides some cover to enlisted should they follow orders from the POTUS and/or officers that violates the constitution, whereas officers and the POTUS have no such cover. Lawful orders are simply orders that are in compliance with law.