reply to post by opethPA
Sorry to have to disagree with the OP's remark from pg 2, however:
Please show me where any tangible legal right has been stripped from anyone?
Here lies the fault of your argument, and basic assumption. You see, "rights", are not tangible, legal things. In the US we have certain
specifically *protected* rights, but this should not be construed to imply that those specifically protected rights are in fact, all encompassing.
Then there is the vast difference between "legal" and "lawful", but that indeed would require it's own thread.
On topic, as someone else already said: It is the enlisted men and women, and more importantly the NCO chain that make or break any engagement.
Perhaps i've simply been at this too long, but from my view the problem with relying on high ranking officers is two fold.
1.) Those officers who are low enough rank to be seen by the common soldier day to day, i.e. LT's and CPT's; garner little respect from their
subordinates for anything except their rank, and respect for their rank satisfies most of these as they are basically the equivilant of a private in
the arena of military knowledge and military bearing. Nor do they possess a natural presence-of-authority, and half of these are made up of west point
"ring knockers" who come from this institution with an ingrained sense of entitlement and elitism (to expound upon this they act in such a way that
at the basic human level that "I am better than You"), casting their fellow officers in an ill light.
2.) Those officers who are in the upper echelons i.e. COL - General, are by and large seen much as the american people view most congressmen: distant,
detached, and wholly removed from reality.
So you see, you cannot, nor should you; look to the gentlemen of the sort that you are used to seeing on your television on CSPAN, they are there
merely to enhance the production value of this theater.
It is the silent majority, the enlisted men and women who are up for grabs here, so please - if they send us in fully armed to patrol....talk to us,
dont shoot at us! Win these folks by making your case; remind them repeatedly that they serve the constitution, not the government, nor any other
force which seeks to undermine it.
I cannot state this enough, that I feel if this scenario were to take place that the weapon that would win the day is Reason - calm and rational; not