I'm sure that by now most of you are aware of the two reports from the Missouri Information Analysis Center and the Department of Homeland Security that have been in the news over the past few weeks. Both reports detail what each agency feels qualify persons to be potential "Right-wing extremists." The first report singles out pretty much everyone with a conservative viewpoint while the second singles out veterans in particular.
Why? Why are the people who love our country most, people who have sworn an oath to defend it and shed blood for it, now being labeled as threats to that country?
Because we know too much, because we love our country and the Constitution, and because we are willing to fight to defend it.
We know what the Constitution says, and we know that what those in power now are doing is blatantly in violation of the Constitution. We know that they are abusing the powers laid down for them by the Founding Fathers and assuming even more powers, often usurping those powers from state and local officials.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.Tenth Amendment to the Constituition of the United States
- To maintain a standing army
- To collect direct taxes (not indirect [income] or retroactive taxes)
- To conduct foreign diplomatic relations and trade
- To maintain a postal system and highway system
- To implement a system of currency
- To declare war
And we know this. And we will do everything in our power to stop them from continuing on this course of action. Which is why they consider us a threat.
This accounts for conservatives, but why veterans in particular? Because, upon entering the service, each soldier takes an oath to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, both foreign and domestic."
The vast majority of soldiers are, like myself, conservative, and they take that oath to protect and defend the Constitution very seriously. Those in power know full well that what the Constitution is an obstacle, perhaps the only obstacle, keeping them in check, and they know that we know it to.
Worse, because many veterans, as well as many active-duty soldiers, take the oath that they took so seriously, they will not obey unlawful or unconstitutional orders, orders -like forcibly disarming U.S. Citizens - that those in power might one day need them to obey.
Finally, veterans possess military training and combat skills (ironically given to the very ones who now consider them threats), which means that they will be quite dangerous should they be forced to actively resist when those in power move to further curtail our freedoms.
For those in power, for those who issued those reports, I have this to say. If you are right, if we really are threats, it is because you made us threats. You have done things that are in blatant violation of United States Law, and you realize that we are aware of this. That is why we are threats: because we know what you are doing, and we will not let you continue to do it.