Monday, August 17, 2009

A Hiatus

. . . or is it an hiatus?

I thought I'd take a little break from writing about God's standards for a just war and insert a couple of posts on something that really interests conservative Christians: getting back to the Constitution.

So, let me set up a hypothetical situation for your consideration:
  1. The Constitution specifies that the president of the U.S. also serves as commander-in-chief of the armed forces;
  2. Members of the armed forces take an oath (in the name of the god of their choice) to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution against "all enemies, foreign and domestic."
  3. The commander-in-chief issues an order that is a blatant violation of the Constitution.
Should a Christian member of the armed forces disobey that order? Should positive action be taken against the president? If so, how high a rank should a person hold before taking positive action against the commander-in-chief? Could a civilian commander-in-chief be held accountable to the UCMJ? If not, what action could lawfully be taken?

Hope that provokes some thought. Let me throw in one cheap shot before closing:
How would you know if the current commander-in-chief is a domestic enemy or a foreign one?


Johann Van De Leeuw said...

"Should a Christian member of the armed forces disobey that order?"
Yes, I believe so. It eventually comes down to your Christian duty to protect your family, since this violation of the Constitution would put the military under his control to do what he wills with. This would give him (the president) virtual control of the country. Considering the current crop of presidents, that is unacceptable in the extreme. 'Twould be unacceptable anyhow. I believe the Constitution to be a scriptually inspired document, and despise any effort to usurp it. Our duty to King Jesus and his Word is far higher than the wishes of any earthly Caesar.
What say you?

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

If a president issued an unconstitutional order, a soldier, or any other citizen, would be bound to NOT obey it. If the constitution gives him his power in the first place, acting outside of it means dirt.

It's just like Roy Moore. Should he have obeyed an unlawful and Godless order? Nope.

How would you know if the current commander-in-chief is a domestic enemy or a foreign one?

Aaah!! Love it, that's my gravelbelly! :-D

Gravelbelly said...

Johann, I rec'd your request to be included in the Conspiratologist blog. I tried to reply, but my email bounced back to me as undeliverable. I hope you got the email from the blog. If not, let me know, and we'll try something else.

Dr Paleo, sometimes my wry humor is a little oblique. Glad someone gets it.

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

Thank you Sir,
I got it. I started to read your bit about the Constitution, which I will finish later. Thank you for including me Sir!