All day long today I have enjoyed seeing the pictures of men and women in uniform being saluted by so many people.
Their service is precious and appreciated by so many. That’s probably why I was so angry when I saw this letter tonight in the McKeesport Daily News. No, angry might be too calm a word. Will you consider helping me letting this person how uneducated and stupid he really is?
As I think about how many men and women are shivering in some cold shelter tonight hoping that the enemy doesn’t choose to use tonight to challenge freedom, I want to scream.
Pray for this country. Pray for our heroes.
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Update: Here was my response to the guy who wrote this:
Where in the world indeed.
Recently, a letter to the editor raised issues about the US Military’s purpose and role (Malkin on Military). The writer must believe that the US Military has been derelict in their sworn duties since the Constitution was ratified. As a former Naval Officer and part of a long line of service members who have honorably served this country, I take great exception to his statements. I am not sure what was meant by “not putting people’s lives on the line” or “failing to secure the blessings of liberty and freedom”. Perhaps the author is not aware that all service members take a sacred oath to do just that. Title 10 USC specifically calls for an oath to defend the Constitution which in fact does protect all of our rights and freedoms in this blessed land. Anyone who has ever taken the oath realizes that they are now the protectors of those rights and freedoms by law. They do so with their personal sacrifices, the surrender of their own rights in many cases, and in too many cases the sacrifice of their lives. Come with me and tell the families of those who have given everything for this country they have failed to do their duty. Contempt for the very people who have protected your freedoms is a sorry thing indeed. Ignorance of the laws and commitments that guarantee your freedom is an example of a type of blind partisanship that deserves greater contempt.