Originally posted by pcrobotwolf
The Enlistment Oath
"I, _____, do solemnly swear 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." (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May
1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).
What are the bolded terms?
"So help me God" made it sound to me like I need god to help me because I have to obey all orders! Kind of like saying "oh shhhhit!" after being told
you can't dissent.
I recall being told that part of joining the military is giving yourself to them. If you want to protest the war then don't join the military! Because
if you do that after joining, they will hold you responsible for rejecting your orders and obstructing your duties and the duties of others.
I think some personalities fit the military code better than others. I swear. Think I've always had too much hippy in me. Too much heretic in my
blood. Too much distrust. Too much will to live. I got a zillion questions inside me. I don't want to not ask them just because I'm wearing a uniform.
It's like walking up to a friend and talking about the latest stuff going on with the moon. They shrug their shoulders and look bored as I'm talking.
Then they say, "Aright! Whatever bro! This is boring. Shut up." It's like your commanding officer saying, "Ok, that's enough. Get back in to line. We
have a job to do and we don't have time to waste." That's a more formal way of saying, "Aright! Whatever bro!" That's the feeling I get from the
military. They're all hard heads.
I'm the type of guy that always falls out of line but never ends up in jail. My head is always drifting where it shouldn't go. I don't have the kind
of discipline and intensity needed for service. I can manage one or the other, I think, but not both. For example, I can have discipline, but then I
won't have any drive for it. I can have the drive, but then I won't have the discipline.
Before Operation Iraqi Freedom happened, I knew I would never join the effort. I didn't think we had enough on Saddam to justify the consequences. If
I could go back in time knowing what I know now, I would join the navy in 1997 or 1998 but I would have come out in 2000 or 2001 then protested the
war until our administration had better reasoning to justify the consequences. Back then it felt like they were grabbing for straws. They already
wanted Saddam removed probably 5 years or more before that time. It was a foregone conclusion. That's why I didn't trust them. They were not serving
the will of the people, they were serving themselves.
Operation Iraqi Freedom I think was the beginning of my distrust. Before that I had entertained a couple things like the JFK assassination and maybe
ufos. Since then my views have changed somewhat. I think it's possible Lee Harvey Oswald did it and that all of those things I read back then were
just distortions of the truth, but something keeps me from going that far. I can't explain it, but it just feels convenient to me that both John and
his brother were killed consecutively. Something smells! As for UFOs? I think people have seen something out of place, but I don't know whether it's
alien or not. Anyway, since 2003 my trust in the military has gone down. It's that trust that keeps me from ever being comfortable around military
But I don't want to get caught in that distrust forever. It's the same with democrats versus republicans. Democrats tend to fear the capitalist lovers
for irrational reasons. Republicans tend to fear government scientists because they think they're all in league with the liberals and democrats. Taxes
are bad! Democrats think republicans are John Wayne wannabes. The list goes on and on. This distrust between the two is often irrational. I think a
lot of my distrust is based on a factual history, but I think some of it's irrational too. Military people aren't all bad. And Saddam probably a
deserved a lot of what was coming his way. Human opinions aren't just facts or evidence. An opinion can have all of its facts right and still be
wrong. Similarly, it can have all of its facts be wrong and yet be right overall. Opinions are hit and miss and very complicated. That's why you
should never try to change a person by making an argument. People do change, but it takes time and a diversity of conversations and experiences. Few
of which are predictable.
edit on 2-7-2011 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)