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He’s Likely Going To Pardon A Few More Turkeys Before His Term Is Up
My last two posts tended to reflect my blog theme, which is to object to Trump being President. One post was directed to some of his agenda policies that fall into the Conservative category “Look-At-All-The-Good-He’s-Done”. The latest post brought out my opinion of his behavior/misbehavior and certain psychological dysfunction. “Boy.. you must really hate this guy.” some of you might be wondering.
Well, let me be clear on this. I don’t “hate” the guy. Never did. I extremely dislike the fact that he got elected as President with little or no qualification, which includes considerable inexperience and intellectual incompetence, and for the last two years his blunderings and buffoonery has divided and tested our resilience as Americans. But I WOULD take a bullet for him. You read that right. More accurately, I would take a bullet for him as he exists in the role of President. You see, the job, the position he holds is representative of our Constitution. According to that document his position is in place to fulfill a responsibility defined in that document. To take a bullet for him means ONLY that I am defending the Constitution and NOT saving his life. This would hold true for me for any sitting President. Obviously, being only human, if I admired and respected the President I might use a little more “zest and zeal” in my action… but in general terms, I would be an equal opportunity “bullet-taker” in order to defend the Constitution.
Because I took pledges and oaths and I am thankful I was born in a country that values individual freedom and collective democracy. Think of it this way. For many of us we spent the first eight years of our public education reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every weekday morning. You know the “routine”..
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Then I entered Scouting. First I was a Cub Scout, then a Boy Scout, then Explorer Scout. I had to memorize and recite this pledge for my nearly ten years in Scouting…
“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
The Scout Law?
“A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”
Then I entered the military. Although being drafted was inevitable given my low number of 53, I chose to enlist on my own. This oath became significant given my entering military service would imply I was willing to give my life for a cause greater than self.
“I, (state name of enlistee), 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.”
Now, while the above oath didn’t contain any length of obligation it’s generally presumed to legally extend to the length of enlistment. But for me… and most (if not all) veterans… I accept it until the day I die. We look upon ourselves as a kind of Knights Templar bunch devoted to protecting the Constitution. But in my case I have a lifetime of pledging loyalty to the land which I live in some form or another… so I take seriously the idea that protecting the Constitution means the very unlikely possibility of taking a bullet for the sitting President, whether he deserves it or not. The Constitution is NOT about the man himself.
No, I don’t hate Trump. I hate what he’s doing to the country, the traditions of his office, and lack of respect to our institutions and his position. But in spite of yet another week of Trump-inspired political chaos, selling out to the Saudis, picking fights with the Chief Justice, and the list just goes on and on and on.
But none of this makes me any less thankful to being an American on this day. Have a grand and safe Thanksgiving to all my readers.
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