7/4/2012 9:52 AM
Men and women who have served in the military know the oath they take, both officer and enlisted, contains the words, “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same...,” an oath solely to the US Constitution. But what they probably don’t know is an addition to the oath is being written…something along the lines of, “…and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the union bosses appointed over me, according to the directives of the presiding union.”
The proposed communistic unionization of the US Armed Forces is an effort to turn military members’ loyalties from the Constitution to a union chain of command. Its underlying intent is to bring about anarchy. The plan is presently being seriously contemplated by this administration, and if necessary, will be implemented by way of presidential executive order. The “idea” is to provide soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines an avenue for righteous redress through union representation. Not happy with your base of assignment…not the climate or exciting location you wanted? No worries, your union buddies will be sure you get to that vacation spot. Passed over for that promotion you thought you deserved, even though you didn’t? Bet your union rep will drop everything and fight for you...right? Wrong! It’s not about each soldier’s complaint being duly mediated by an “impartial” negotiator or even about collective bargaining. It’s about ultimate command and control…it’s about collective destabilizing…it’s about causing so much confusion and havoc that the most feared fighting force in the world fragments and collapses.
What a coup this would be…communist unions and their loyal comrade, the current commander-in-chief, unionizing the United States Armed Forces! Today the US military equals a standing force of nearly 1.5 million active personnel, plus another 1.1 million in reserve and National Guard members. And once you add to that the already unionized civil service workforce, you have the largest “employer” in world. By unionizing today’s all volunteer force, you take men and women who choose to serve their country and freely take the oath to the Constitution, and turn them into yet another business. But what’s the ultimate purpose? What is the true objective behind turning the greatest fighting force in the world into a social experiment lab? Could it be the necessary destruction of the one thing that stands between pure tyranny and God-gifted liberty? That seems to be the manifested end goal.
Our Founding Fathers were highly suspicious of a standing army…they believed the demise of the militia and rise of a standing army would spell the end of freedom and liberty. Armies were to be raised as needed, and the militia was to be held in reserve under control of each individual state until needed to serve the whole of the United States. To limit the activation of armies, they gave Congress the power to raise and support armies but only fund those armies for 2 years at a time. Thus, not until World War II was a substantial, long-standing army established. Through passage of the 1947 National Security Act, under President Truman, we have today’s military structure, unified under the Department of Defense. Unfortunately, we haven’t heeded the Founding Fathers’ warning, and have what they said we shouldn’t. We even have our strategic reserve forces, the “militia” if you will, integrated into that “standing army.” It was definitely not in their design. But then, neither was placing the now massive incorporated standing army under the control of a single collective-management union.
Even the Supreme Court took a stand against unionizing the military. In a 1974 case (Parker v Levy, 417 U.S. 733, 743): "This Court has long since recognized that the military is, by necessity, a specialized society separate from civilian society." Basically, unionizing the military violates the Constitution. As Congress has the power "to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces," permitting labor unions to speak for military personnel would represent an infringement upon those powers.
Most critically disturbing is the outcome of replacing the established unity-of-command structure and culture of the armed forces with a squishy union construct. By doing so, you’ll infuse the military with pure chaos. Good order and discipline, essential to military command and control, becomes a bygone entity and mass confusion takes its place. Soldiers will no longer turn to their chain of command for redress, but will instead turn to their union to arbitrate their “mistreatment.” By virtually transferring the loyalties of the soldiers to the unions instead of the Constitution, the end result is inherently the death of what is the US Armed Forces.
Also to be considered, what becomes of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), which binds the enlisted troops to obey lawful orders of the President and officers appointed over them (to include union officers)? Does it become yet another shredded document, like the Constitution of the United States of America? The answer is effectively, yes. It has to be diminished, as the UCMJ currently contains criminal sanctions for actions that are associated with militant labor union activities. However, there is one thread of hope…the difference between the officer and enlisted oaths. Even if the UCMJ is sidelined, there is nothing in the officer oath to “obey orders.” While the enlisted troops are bound by the UCMJ to follow lawful orders, officers are bound by this oath to disobey any order that violates the Constitution of the United States.
So, what happens when you unionize the military, that is, besides anarchy and chaos within the ranks? You no longer have the purity of just wanting to selflessly serve. You build loyalty to an organization and not the country. But most concerning, you open the door for a union revolution, like what occurred to spur the communist revolution in Russia back in the early 1900s. Can’t happen here in the United States…think again! Just watch as union card-carrying soldiers struggle with their decision to either fight against militants from their union who are rioting in the streets for fair and equitable treatment by the government, or with them.
Unionization of the 21st Century’s US Armed Forces has no good purpose, and doing so will only bring about momentous and perilous consequences. Considered back in the early 1970s, it was readily realized that unions have no place in the military. Nothing has changed since then; that is, nothing except the desire of the commander-in-chief to undermine the one thing that stands between him and ultimate power.
Debbie Gunnoe retired from the US Air Force in 2008 as a lieutenant colonel. For 28 years, she willingly gave up a portion of her Constitutional right of free speech in order to serve her country…she couldn’t publicly speak out against her government or commander-in-chief. But she took an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution…an oath without an expiration date, and one she took seriously. So after the sharp socialist shift following the 2008 election, she became earnestly involved in the conservative grassroots movement to save the Constitution and thus our country.
Initially she was an organizer with the Montgomery (Alabama) Tea Party Patriots, where she helped organize two rallies, an educational forum on the US Constitution, and pursued legislative changes at the Alabama State House. Then in January of 2010, she founded The Navarre Patriots in
her current hometown of Navarre, Florida.
The Navarre Patriots were successful in educating their local community on candidates for the November midterm elections, state sovereignty, and numerous issues where Floridians’ rights were being eradicated. They are currently involved in proposing bills to their state legislators for submission to the Florida House and Senate to reverse these issues.
Copyright ©2012 Debbie Gunnoe