The woman or man we elect as our president is required to serve the American people, all of us. When a military officer is promoted to general or admiral, and becomes the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he or she must be wise and use his military for the sole purpose of defending our country against its enemies: the American people are the country, not the enemy.
All members of congress, our military, and government employees, including the president, take the same oath of office.
“I, [name], do solemnly 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; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God”
I have taken this oath several times and administered it hundreds of times. I have never taken it lightly, and I believe those I administered it to felt the same. However, we have an illegitimate president who chooses to violate this oath constantly.
Nearly one week ago, on Monday evening, Trump broke this oath when he violated the first amendment rights of hundreds of peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park, just outside of the White House.
Trump had a whim. He wanted to have his picture taken outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church holding what he claimed was a bible, although he has proven that he has never read the principle book of the Christian religion, and obviously does not believe in its teachings.
There was a problem: hundreds of peaceful protesters had filled they park, blocking the short walk to the church. Trump assembled his personal gestapo: police and members of the United States military. He followed behind the small army as he ordered them to disperse the crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas grenades. That’s correct, the illegitimate President of the United States violated the Constitutional rights of every man and woman in the park with the use of force.
Marching with him were members of his administration, his daughter, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.
Before the debacle, the New Yorker is reporting that General Milley and his illegitimate, draft dodger Commander-in-Chief engaged in a shouting match in the West Wing.
Trump insisted that ‘regular military be used to physically assault the protesters. The verbal tussle happened in the Oval Office just days before Trump’s ill-advised bible photo op, which Milley attended. A senior military official told the New Yorker that the president and Milley “got into a shouting match” with Milley insisting the military could not be dispatched against American civilians. “I’m not doing that,” he reportedly told Trump. “That’s for law enforcement.” The New Yorker source then described Milley as brash and pushy, adding, “We have a bully in the White House, and a bully needs a bully.”
Trump’s administration denied the incident ever happened.
This too was a Constitutional violation. Military force may not be used inside of the United States unless dire circumstances arise, including a Civil War or a foreign invasion, and then only with the approval of congress. None of these applied in this situation.
I was not a surprise that Trump would take fascist actions to have his way; he has proven that he is an immature child and incapable of rational thought. However, to see General Milley marching behind him was very upsetting. Trump’s powers are not omnipotent, and he must be forced to act like an American president by any and all means. He must cease trashing the Constitution when it pleases him to do so.
This is not my America: this is Trump’s “Amerika.”
Op-ed by James Turnage
Photo courtesy of the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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