There’s a lot of talk about another conflict, another war, and yet another deployment of the U.S. military. There’s also a lot of talk about why our Congress keeps pushing us into these conflicts. This article will not discuss the reasons why. However, it will prove that these conflicts and deployments violate the foundation of what it means to be a Veteran, dishonor our service, undermine our country, and are at the core of the problems we face today as individuals, families, communities, and even a nation of state republics; and provide a solution that we as veterans can use to fix the problem at its core, to insure a better future for us, our families, our active duty brothers and sisters, and our country.
No matter the branch we served, we veterans swore an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. To understand why these foreign conflicts undermine us, and are at the core of many American problems, we need to understand how we fit into the Constitution and the terms of our oath.
No matter the reasons we enlisted and commissioned to serve our country, by defending our Constitution and safeguarding Americans, we did not do so to serve Congress, defend questionable interests or safeguard foreign lands in unconstitutional conflicts.
The Constitution, the highest law in our land, is very specific about the legal use of our military. Article 1, Section 8, clause 15, declares that our military can only be used to enforce rules of the Union, suppress insurrection, or repel an invasion. These conflicts and deployments do not, in any manner, fit the reasons allowed by the law. The use of our military where an eminent threat of invasion to the shores of our country does not exist is therefore illegal, and a blatant violation of the law.
We veterans will hold no blame for these violations. We did not declare these conflicts, deploy ourselves to foreign shores, nor did we order ourselves to risk our lives and limbs to fight people who clearly did not intend to invade the shores of the United States.
Congress declared these conflicts, deployed us, and ordered us to fight. In doing so, Congress broke the highest law in our land, and became a domestic enemy of the Constitution, and the people of the United States. By the terms of our oath to defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic, they became our enemy. These unconstitutional conflicts not only risk the lives and limbs of our active duty brothers and sisters, but cause undue harm to their loved ones, and stress us a nation.
Those who serve are by nature some of the bravest our country has to offer. There is a selfless sense of duty, and acceptance that we may have to lay our lives down in a worthy cause. But, none of us enlisted and commissioned to fight for causes with controversial and disputable motives; the same goes for our active duty brothers and sisters. They should not have to risk lives and permanent disabilities for reasons where the motives are not absolutely lawful, right and true. Their loved ones do not deserve to lose them for anything less, and we as a nation do not need the stress of another conflict when there is so much to fix right here at home.
There is no room for doubt in this matter when over 75,000 of them have come home in recent years permanently disabled or in flag draped coffins. What was done to us cannot be undone. What was taken from us cannot be given back. But, we can come together and make it right for them. We can assure their reasons for service are not dishonored, and their lives are valued above unconstitutional and uncertain interests.
We veterans are the largest and strongest brotherhood in this nation, and we can make sure that our active duty brothers and sisters are not misused, devalued, and placed at risk for less than honorable or lawful reasons. We can uphold our oath. We can protect our country, defend our Constitution, safeguard our active duty brothers and sisters, and help our nation by gathering together and holding members of Congress accountable for their crimes. We can muster a better future for everyone in America.
AmericaAgain! is here to use put these criminals in state prisons, and seize their assets with the AmericaAgain! Indictment Engine™. We the People can then replace them with statesmen who will obey the law, and not use our military for purposes other than those granted by the law. We are here to uphold and defend the Constitution, and ensure Americans get the country we were given by our Forefathers; a republic of sovereign states with a servant federal government that we oversee to insure it only exercises the powers We the People gave it. Your support can make this happen.
You can strengthen the numbers AmericaAgain! needs to succeed. To make these criminals obey the law or go to jail, we only need a half of one percent of the voting age public. We veterans alone can make these numbers happen! We can be the force that shapes America’s future into what it’s supposed to be. We can be the ones to take America back from the organized crime of Congress and put it back where it belongs, in our hands.
As veterans, you are best qualified to protect our communities by serving to restore the military force provided by Law in our Constitution and explained in the section 'Our Troops' below.
As veterans, we have honorably and selflessly given much. In doing so, there are times we need help. If you, or any other veteran, need help please use one the resources at the end of this article.
A note from the Author
As a veteran, and an American who loves my country and wants the best for our people, I want to touch on patriotism and questionable motives for conflict.
Patriots love their country. They don’t just do whatever our federal servants say and follow orders without regard to the Law without questioning authority. A patriot stands up and fights for his country – when it is right, and stands up against it to correct it when it is wrong.
As for motives of congressionally-ordered but unconstitutional (illegal) conflicts, I say that if an industry wants something from a foreign land, they can go get it on their own, at risk to their own lives and limbs. If they want a part of their industry in a place hostile to their presence and actions, they can protect it on their own. Or those corporations can close those foreign shops and bring them back here, where plenty of Americans need the jobs that they send abroad.
Like me, I’m sure you want to be able to trust Congress. This won't happen until every member of Congress obeys the Law, or goes to prison to be replaced by a representative that will obey it, for fear of us wielding our own State criminal laws to protect ourselves against them.
There is a better country waiting for us, one in which our loved ones can have every opportunity to succeed; where our government will not help industries harm their health; where there is hope again for them to live the fabled American Dream.
We actually do have the power to make that country real again. We just have to do what’s never been done…enforce the Constitution, the highest law in our Land. And now more than ever, with technology enabling us to engage in tactical force- massing, we only need that tiny remnant of the voting-age population participating, to win back our country.
Let's cease our protesting and griping, and take logical, lawful, non-violent, responsible ACTION -- because as Margaret Mead said,
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
The Constitutional definition of 'Our Troops' and ‘Defending Our Nation’
The Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 12 through 16 provide a definition for ‘Our Troops’ and for what purposes these troops may be used.
Aside from the Navy, for the purposes of defending our shores, and arguably the Marines as a department of the Navy, are permitted in the Constitution. The Air Force and space-based defense might be considered modern-day equivalents of the US Navy defense perimeter concept of the 18th century. We would need to amend the Constitution to make them legal, since in principle they are a defense shield; a high-tech extrapolation of the founders' intentions for a Navy -- defending our coasts.
That being said, and without intending to upset Army members and veterans, it needs to be clear that the Constitution does not permit a standing Army. In Clause 15, the Law provides for State Citizen Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions; and in Clause 12, it states that Congress can only fund Militia ground operations for two years at a time.
As a veteran, this makes sense. If there were tactically trained Citizen Militia funded and legislated by the States as provided in the Constitution, Congress could rally them in the very unlikely event that a nation tries to invade our shores. After such an invasion was repelled, we could go back home, and carry on with our lives.
Our Forefathers provided us with a Military to secure our property, our lives, and our liberties. The Citizen Militia is that provision, not a standing Army at the beck and call of Congress. Without getting into the questionable reasons why our brothers and sisters are being deployed to fight, die and be permanently wounded by the thousands in congressionally-funded, un-declared, illegal conflicts in faraway lands that pose no imminent threat to America's shores, Congress must not have control of a national Army posted in our back yards. Consider these words written by Representative Elbridge Gerry, a delegate of the Constitutional convention of 1787:
What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.
Army veterans, keep in mind this is not an overnight issue. This does not mean that members of the Army do not have a place in safekeeping our republic. It will take years to pass legislation to form, and provide officers to train, the Citizen Militia. And once formed and ready, active duty members of the Army can return to their homes of record to serve in their respective Citizen Militia to protect their own homes, communities, and States. Their training and experience will prove invaluable to safeguarding our country. They will no longer risk their lives in unconstitutional conflicts or deployments; no longer be subject to the debatable motives of Congress, but to the needs of their own communities. If they have to fight, they will; but to protect Americans on American soil.
We are not speaking of the Militia as the media has painted them. We are speaking of the Citizen Militia in the Constitution, legislated and funded by the State, comprised of citizens who want the means and tactical know-how to protect their homes and communities, and if necessary be first responders in times of crisis and disaster. Much like volunteer fire departments.
The Citizen Militia would not only secure our Second Amendment rights permanently, but the entire Constitution by ensuring every able-bodied citizen of age has the means and tactical knowledge to respond. We The People in this way safeguard our own liberty and assure that Congress never again has a standing Army on our soil.
Remember: the first shot fired in the War for Independence over 225 years ago, was fired from a musket of the Citizen Militia.
AmericaAgain! Minutemen™ are members that want to help pass constitutionally prescribed legislation through our State courts to safeguard our communities and nation by restoring the Citizen Militia. There are two parts: Legislation and Training Affiliates.
If your state legislature doesn't have a statute enabling and providing for Citizen Militia, it stands in violation of the U.S. Constitution. AmericaAgain! wants to put you, trained veteran, in position to help repair that breach.