Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My thoughts of what I'm hearing.

Some parts of this are from the research for the post I did in January. The point I want to make about the United States the country I love, has changed in ways I never thought it could. People would feel our military personal would or could turn on the people of this country. Understand if fired upon will they will return fire, some people seem to think the military will do whatever they are ordered to do, they are WRONG!
Under Article 90 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)
In fact, under Article 90, during times of war, a military member who willfully disobeys a superior commissioned officer can be sentenced to death. Seems like a pretty good motivation to obey any order you're given, right? Nope. These articles require the obedience of LAWFUL orders. Any order, which is unlawful, not only does not need to be obeyed, but obeying such an order can result in criminal prosecution of the one who obeys it. Military courts have long held that military members are accountable for their actions even while following orders -- if the order was illegal. "I was only following orders," has been unsuccessfully used as a legal defense in hundreds of cases (probably most notably by Nazi leaders at the Nuremberg tribunals following World War II). The defense didn't work for them, nor has it worked in hundreds of cases since. The part many people don’t understand is the Commander and Chief of the Military is a civilian, in most cases civilians out rank military personal. If John Brennan is confirmed, and I hope he is because he knows and agrees, the drones must be under Military control. Because over sight  is needed Article 90 of the UCMJ will help insure this weapon has the checks and balances needed to prevent it being misused! This weapon has no business being controlled by the C.I.A. it’s not a tool it’s a weapon. Having serviced in the Army for many years living and working under the thousands of government, military and Army regulations’ including the thousands of military and Army code of conduct regulations. As a former soldier, having giving up my civil rights to serve my country and the people in it. Was a small price to pay for the honor of serving and keeping the people I love safe.

Our fore Fathers, were men of great faith, and felt it important to insure the freedom of religion. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The bill of right’s
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The pledge of allegiance
In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. At that time it read:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy's daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Remember under god was added only 59 years ago.

Understanding that the change of 1954 upset many people partly because, by including god in the pledge said in public schools. It was no longer in step with the Constitution our fore fathers wrote. Understanding that for the Republic to stand the test of time, the government needed to stay out of the religion of its people. Even if more people felt and still do feel, it’s about time for God to have a bigger role within the government of the people. Sorry I must respectfully disagree, because my faith in God is a choice I've chosen of my own free will, decisions like this are personal and at the end of my life I will not be judged by man, instead I’ll stand before God and learn my fate. More people have died or been killed, because of religious convictions and beliefs. This seems wrong to me, there are so many I can’t in good faith understand what makes it okay here are a few; what makes it okay for a man to kill a Doctor who performs abortions. How is it okay to let a mother bleed to death or die trying to give birth to a baby that could not survive outside the womb? Where are pro-life people when someone is put to death? Why must we license our cars and not our guns both can kill. You must have a license to drive, yet you only need a license to hunt but nothing if you own guns. Just saying common sense isn't as common as I once thought it was.
There is no need to answer the questions I've posed
unless you want to.

Since, I don't know are really care if people that live near me have guns or not. Now if they turn up dead from a gun shot, and no gun is found. Should I feel safe or will I wonder if the thief got away with more guns than he came with.   


kmilyun said...

Ok I will bite - my drivers license says "privilege" to drive and the 2nd Amendment states ... the "right" of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

A privilege is conditional or is granted. A right is a moral concept that starts at birth.

History leads me to believe that rulers/governments can use gathered information about citizens against them. Their own or a conquering faction.

People drive without licenses all the time sometimes they actually get caught and serve some jail time. Not having a license will not stop the immoral or dishonest sort.

My brain is now on overload so I am gonna stop . ...

Mary K. Mennenga said...

Thank's for your comment, my driver's license doesn't say that. A license means you understand the laws and show you have the ability to drive a car.

My point on guns isn't about the right to have them. It's to those who have them, to have control of the safety of their guns as we do with cars.

If like a car there is a paper trail of ownership for a gun. So when the immoral and dishonest use the gun, it's known where it came from.

By putting the responsibility on the gun owner in the same way it does with a car owner. Having a title of ownership of a gun. The owner is responsible to make sure the title is changed.

kmilyun said...

I watch the police pull over folks outside my window. amazing how many do not have a valid license. They lost the privilege and because of new law here is Sacramento/CA the PD now impounds the car. Woo Hoo.

When they find guns many are not registered and many have never been registered. When they have been registered and the last known owner is contacted what does this do to help?

A responsible gun owner takes a gun safety test, registers their gun, has a trigger lock or other method to prevent accidental discharges. Their neighbor is a thug and buys a gun on the black market, off a street corner, or steals one.

I do not see how more requirements are going to solve the problem. Unlicensed drunks get in stolen cars and kill and unlicensed or stolen guns are used to kill.

Mary K. Mennenga said...

the Long and short of this for me is. The more information that is known about a gun or weapon that was used in a crime. Makes it easier to learn how it got to the crime scene in the first place. In a way making the gun owner responsible for reporting if it's stolen or sold.

You maybe right and nothing will solve the problem. This can't be as good as it gets! It's not good enough.

kmilyun said...

I can understand where that might help force some owners to be more responsible. There is no easy solution. As low life criminals probably will always find a way to arm themselves.