Can You Hear Us Now? – The New Voice of Activist Veterans.

There is a largely ignored, little known or understood demographic out there, that the Obama Thugfest would prefer stayed silent or went away.
America’s veterans are only usually consulted or cited when some one, or another politician, needs to use us for election, or to save an incumbency, or to legitimize some political scheme or another.
This by NO measure is meant to denigrate the excellent works of Veteran’s Organizations such as The American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Marine Corps League and the Purple Heart Society. There are others with which I am not as familiar, they are not excluded here on purpose.
These organizations are known for their selfless good works and generosity. Heretofore, they have been pretty much the only voice of millions of veterans, past and present.
This a huge and GROWING demographic…there are some 23.7 MILLION vets out there of all stripes. Women, Men, Hispanics, Blacks, Whites, and Asians. They have one thing in common…a profound love and respect for this country, the Constitution they swore to protect and defend and the service they gave.
Naturally, as with any large grouping there are notable exceptions. The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s mentor and the guy Obama listened to spewing hatred against the country that nurtured him for 20 years, is one. He was a naval hospital corpsman. And there is John ‘Gunboats’ Kerry, who clandestinely met with our enemy, the North Vietnamese, in the dark of night in Paris, France, and then with instructions from his handlers firmly in mind returned home to stab his erstwhile brothers-in-arms in the back by going in front of Congress and manufacturing atrocities, supposedly committed by US forces, out of whole cloth. There are the inevitable dropouts to alcohol and drugs…but this is nothing new and has  been with us from every war. This is a miniscule number when considered against the whole…most of us come back, live our lives as responsible citizens, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers.
I used to wonder what would happen if this largely passive, immense demographic were pushed to the point of intolerability by an increasingly oppressive and unresponsive government.
I may get a chance to find out.
There is an emerging group of veterans, both active and retired, and police active and retired.
They are called “Oath Keepers” who have pledged to prevent dictatorship in this country by pledging  to ask police and the military to lay down their arms and not obey orders they deem unlawful or unconstitutional, and to stand by their Oaths to the Constitution.
You know…the first American revolution didn’t start over a hell of a lot more than this. Please note: these folks are NOT calling for the overthrow of the government…though this government certainly needs a wake up call. Neither are they calling for armed insurrection. They are simply calling for our elected government and the people who are supposed to represent us in it, who swore to OBEY the Constitution of the United States of America to…

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2009