“I, David P Shirk, do solemnly swear 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.” – August 8, 1998.
If there is one regret I have had in my lifetime, it was the utterance of those words. My intentions were good, after all, I wanted to protect people and serve them – just as so many I knew and respected who came before me. What I didn’t know at the time was my countries history (great job public school system), and the full actions taken by the government since its founding.
Before 9-11, I started seeing my job as having no real point. I was good at it to be sure, but could not see its use. We were not under attack, and the US seemed to be doing okay without using us. Then 9-11 happened, and everything changed. At first, I was eager to find the people responsible, and go earn my pay. Thank goodness my name was never called up for the task. I never would have thought at the time that the attack on the towers was the result of foreign meddling for the better part of 50 years.
Yet that one event set off a red flag in my head, and it was during that time that two and two were not making four. Why after all these years, would we be attacked simply because the other guy hated our freedoms and way of life? They were over a freakin ocean away for crying out loud – how on earth were our freedoms affecting them?
So in 2002, I left active duty and joined the guard as per my contract. I was suddenly in the civilian world, and had trouble making sense of it. Everyone seemed to have an opinion on everything, and very little did they ever find any realistic common ground. One guy would say the sky was green, the other would say it was magenta. I looked up just to make sure I knew what I had known my whole life – yup – the sky was still blue.
I starting reading a book called To Lose a Battle: France 1940. In the first 4 chapters alone I read about the fall of a republic, socialism, nationalism, you name it. I learned about the widely unknown negative economic impact of war, and the great waste it produces to the benefit of a few. I also learned how war could have been avoided. I was hooked – and made history my alma mater.
Then came 2008 – Bush would not be running again – a thing I thanked the lucky stars for. When McCain announced his running, I thought it would not go anywhere being that many of Bush’s actions were influenced by him. I was wrong, and he ran against someone I never heard of before – Obama. Curious as to how this new candidate matched up – I checked the voting records and was dumbfounded. More often than not, he and McCain voted the same. I then shook my head when I heard the phrase being screamed by millions ‘Hope and Change’.
Regardless, I felt that there was no possible way this Obama fellow could be as bad as Bush. I was wrong. I still didn’t vote at the time not wanting to cast my vote in ignorance – I merely watched the dog and pony show play out from the sidelines. I liked what I knew of Ron Paul, but when he decided to run as a republican, decided not to play along.
Then the tea party sprang up, and at first I was thinking ‘finally, some real dissent’ – knowing that without dissent, our country would not change one iota no matter who was elected into office. Boy was I disappointed on what that turned to be – just another wing of the system needed to counter balance the other one.
In the meantime, I became inundated by conspiracy theories etc, and decided that maybe it was time to check out how our nation really started. Maybe there was something to this grand scheme that was enabling all of this nonsense to continue. After all, no way people could be that easily controlled.
It turned out the so called truth movement held just as many historical inaccuracies as the government school system did. So I grew disgusted with that as well, and decided that it was time to go back to the beginning, and find out what this country was really all about.
I wasted no time diving into one book after another. My frustrations mounted with each passing page at just how wrong about everything I had been. It was not until 2010 though that I seriously took a good long look at the oath I took.
First of all, I realized that I took an oath not to the people, but to a piece of paper. Let’s be real though – you’re not swearing an oath to the paper, for paper cannot talk, or enforce itself. No – I was swearing an oath to the government that retained it, and broke it periodically before the ink had even dried on it.
Second of all, during the Adams administration – thousands of protestors against this new system were imprisoned for voicing their objections to it. Seriously folks – the first Amendment died before it was even written – get over it. And yet – we are supposed to believe in this ‘constitutional republic’.
Finally, being merely an extension of the loudest and most dependant people in society, government grew away from the very document it was sworn to uphold. I learned that it is not the wording of the document that caused so many issues, but rather the spin placed upon it by silver tongued politicians. Make no mistake – this is nothing new and has happened since the Revolution had ended.
So it comes to be that I am from here on in – an oath breaker. I refuse to serve a system at any capacity that claims sovereignty over its people – turning them from citizens into subjects. I refuse to serve a piece of paper that has never worked, and has only been amended (after the first 10) to the detriment of its peoples liberty by providing a shield to the corrupted government that abuses it. I refuse to serve a government that forces people to live by rules that they never wanted or asked for – and for those that did – let them provide their own resources and protection if their way was so good. Finally, I refuse to serve a system that consistently lies or misrepresents every aspect of itself.
I was told that a constitutional republic would fix all of our nation’s ills. I was told that if followed, it would provide economic security, physical security, and emergency preparedness. That would only work though If all elected officials were honest and had backbone, and the people remained vigilant and educated on its actions – because if neither of these ever happens, then a constitutional republic will solve nothing.
And to those of you who think you can educate the public and make a difference, I sadly tell you that it is way too late for that. The powder keg is filling up more and more with each additional protest and political action. When it is full the fuse will be lit, and it will be game over; and because of the masses of misled and undereducated people, the process will start again – just as it did in the 1780’s.
I am condemned because I refuse to support the constitution and preach its goodness to the masses. So much faith is placed in it; that on the rare circumstance it be returned to as it has never has been before, people would think that it would fix everything. The problem is that human nature makes this impossible. One could no more look after their fellow man then they may be able hold back the tides. Even with pure intention and heart, it is impossible to do.
The oathkeepers have much in common with me. We both believe the current system is going to collapse, and that things will get far worse than they are today. Alternatives to the systems we have in place now I also see as workable. However what they fail to see is that by asserting all answers to a flawed document into the hands of public officials, they are merely setting the stage for the process to repeat itself. That is what happened right after our first revolutionary war, and it failed – miserably I might add. Their follow through when the current system collapses is a flash of brilliance, but their reinstituting the constitution as it is, is exaclt what our founders did. They had their independence, and based much of the new country’s system off of the British model. Guess what? It failed.
Then they say that no oathbreaker is to be allowed into power – only that true constitutionalists are to be allowed in charge. How shortsighted and limited is that? Also, why does there have to be these powers on a mass scale to begin with in an otherwise voluntary society? They call those of us who don’t play their game oathbreakers who just sit around complaining – yet they are about to reenact a two century old mistake out of ignorance. To them – I am too lazy to educate others. To me – they are too ignorant to learn a lesson before thinking themselves as qualified teachers.
So go ahead and call me a lazy oathbreaker and I will take it as a compliment; but don’t even think about asserting any form of power over me that I never asked for, or you will become the tyrants you claim to hate so much, and will be dealt with as such.