Originally posted by jhill76
reply to post by RFBurns
I don't mean shooting at citizens at will. But, put the military in an authoritative position over citizens and let's see what happens. There will
be chaos, life will not be the same, when you can't go out partying and a curfew is in effect, you situation has changed, and therefore you will
change. Regular citizens will change and therefore the military will have to adjust to this change, with strength and by example.
So - based off of what you just said here, it's not really our fault then, is it? If the country - for some wild reason - goes intol martial law,
people are quick to point the finger at us, but it's not really us, is it?
You don't like a curfew, you want to go out partying, etc... go it - so do we. But if the government (mind you - the legitimate government - not
some power-hungry psuedo president) orders martial law for a legitimate reason... then - you'd see us on the streets. The "chaos" you mention
wouldn't be from the ranks of my military - we'd be in perfect order. The only "chaos" would be when the citizens decided to do crazy stuff
1) Physically attack soldiers.
2) Try to take their weapons... (LOL - please.)
3) Start rioting or amass violent protests.
4) Blatantly disobey laws and put soldiers/law enforcement in a situation where they'd have to act.
So, the real issue is not that we'd become power hungry civilian abusing mad men - it's that the American populace will be upset by a change in the
status quo and react to it in sometimes negative ways. You think automatically that if they put me or my guys on the streets in the US, we're going
to be "bullying" you and other people. No. I don't care what "psychological" studies you've amassed - I'm "IN" the Army. My past 7 years
of studies suggest that you're wrong. We wouldn't become bullies, not by any means - sure you'd have the few idiots (just like in ANY
No - what you fail to grasp is that of course we'll act harshly if citizens attack us - what do you think we're going to do? Sit there and let you
take our weapons and throw # at us? This isn't the 60s... man. If someone came up to me back in 03 and spit on me - they would have woken up in a
hospital and you can quote me on that.
We'll follow the orders given to us as long as they're lawful. If the orders are lawful (barring they make killing innocent little sweet bunny
rabbit people) legal - then we'll carry out our lawful orders. If those orders mean Town X needs a curfew of 2300-0500, then we'll patrol the
streets. If you're in Town X and outside during those hours - you're going home or to jail. Simple as that.
A 16 year old girl was on here about 6 months ago, worried to death about the NWO and martial law. I'll say what I said to her.
We, as the US Armed forces, would augment civilian police agencies in the event of martial law.
The government isn't going to declare martial law on the drop of a hat. It would take something extremely serious for that to occur - a major
national disaster, major unrest in the states (militias fighting, riots, etc.), a major sickness sweeping through the country, etc. Then and only
then would they pull us from the hinterlands of the rest of Earth and put us on the streets in the US. Once that happened, our only role as the US
Armed Forces would be to maintain order and provide assistance to the local governments. The only thing is that if someone were to physically
interfere with our roles and cause strife, they would get rolled up and thrown in jail or whatever.
So no. Your thread didn't change my mind - because I am a soldier and I wouldn't turn on American citizens - UNLESS - they were turning on me.
[edit on 26-12-2008 by mf_luder]