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Respect your government

Published 8:21pm Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dear Editor,
Ah, I get it … it’s the world according to Woody.  But folks, don’t be concerned about the man behind the curtain. The Great Oz has spoken.
Woody, as expected, you missed the point.  It’s likely that most readers know where you stand on the big bad government and probably don’t need to hear more from you. Just give it a rest, please.
By the way, here is the U.S. Army Oath of Enlistment that you and I both took years ago.  “I, (name) do solemly swear (or affirm) 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.”
A cursory read of those regulations and the UCMJ makes it implicit that respect to the President is required of soldiers.  No options.  Guess you forgot that part.
Woody, I’m glad you got this off your chest and hope you feel better.  As for me, I’m out of here before your blood pressure goes even higher.  Have a nice day.

Dick Bronson
Lake Martin

  • wildflower

    As a former Naval officer, I took the same oath many years ago. It is important to point out that even then as a young man engaged in military service during the Viet Nam War, I understood the difference between the office of the President and the man who holds the office. The office is instituted by the Constitution. The man is a mortal who is not perfect and may not be fulfilling the tenets of the office. The Office is unassailable. The man is subject to the fallibility of the human condition and is, therefore, open to criticism.
    I defend Mr. Baird’s right to criticize the President, the man. He appears to me to do this without disrespecting the office of the President or the Constitution.

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