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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
To Protect and Defend
March 23, 2013
Following the Boston Tea Party, almost 240 years ago, that tribe dumped 342 containers of tea into the Boston harbor, prompting their mortal king to enact a series of taxes called Acts of Parliament in response to the rebellion in Massachusetts. Collecting those taxes required putting more police on the streets. A few months later, General Thomas Gage, arrived in Boston with four regiments of British troops.
The First Continental Congress met in the fall of 1774 in Philadelphia with 56 American delegates, representing every colony, except Georgia. On September 17th, the Congress declared its opposition to the repressive Acts of Parliament, saying they are "not to be obeyed," and also promoted the formation of local militia units. Thus economic and military tensions between the Americans and their mortal king's police escalated. In February of 1775, a Provincial Congress was held in Massachusetts during which John Hancock and Joseph Warren began defensive preparations for a state of war. The British Parliament then declared Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion. Without the other colonies joining in the fight, Massachusetts would fail.
On March 23rd 1775, 238 years ago delegates of the most populous and powerful colony of Virginia met in St. John's church in Richmond. Resolutions were presented by Patrick Henry putting the colony of Virginia "into a posture of defense...embodying, arming, and disciplining such a number of men as may be sufficient for that purpose." Before the vote was taken on his resolutions, Henry delivered the speech below, imploring the delegates to vote in favor.
He spoke without any notes or cue cards in a voice that became louder and louder, climaxing with the now famous ending. Following his speech, the vote was taken in which his resolutions passed by a narrow margin, and thus Virginia joined in the American Revolution.
"... They tell us, sir, that we are weak -- unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable -- and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field!
Why stand we here idle?
What is it that gentlemen wish?
What would they have?
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"
What followed was a long and bloody war known today as the American Revolutionary War or sometimes the American War of Independence (1775-1783).
Patrick Henry was an attorney, farmer and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.After the Revolution, Henry was a leader of the anti-federalists in Virginia. Initially he opposed ratification the proposed United States Constitution, fearing that it endangered the rights of the States as well as the freedoms of individuals until it adopted the Bill of Rights--also known at the first ten Amendments of the Constitution.
The Bill of Rights is the list of the most important rights of Americans. The citizen rights often most contested are the inalienable rights--those rights not given to the citizens by the government but instead affirmed by the Constitution as given to them by a higher authority. A Bill of Rights hinders would-be tyrants. A detailed study of the rights included there and the behavior of the most terrible tyrants of history show they are exactly the rights removed before tyranny was possible. Once tyranny is established it has never been removed peacefully. The wisdom and boldness of men like Patrick Henry were essential for Americans and others to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for more than two centuries. With the addition of the Bill of Rights, opposition waned and the Constitution was ratified on June 21, 1788 so it could replace the Articles of Confederation from 1777.
It is interesting to note and understand that the Constitution of the United States was created by the American citizens through the authority of the preexisting states. The American tribe is comprised of a free and armed people who have a history of not being ruled by any personality or government, instead the people have permitted a few of their tribe to temporarily enjoy elected positions of limited authority so as to govern according to an established set of laws and rules, the supreme law of the land being The United States Constitution. For it is the power of The Constitution of the United States which makes the Federal government and all of its supporting agencies legal.
That's why when our fellow citizens are elected or appointed to positions of authority we require them to take an oath to protect and preserve The Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
It just makes sense.
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THE MILITARY TIMES
On the "Crack or Chasm":
Is nuclear incident a sign of deeper Air Force problems?
Published in the Air Force Times, November 10, 2007 by Charles Sutherland -- Following an intense six-week investigation into the “Bent Spear” incident the press is briefed on the findings.
As a former weapons loader and maintainer, I commend you for pointing out some of the remarks made by Maj. General Newton, who seemed to lay the blame, as is usually the case, on the airmen involved in the incident at Minot AFB. Although I agree the airmen deserve some of the blame, there are obviously other issues dealing with this "erosion" that has taken place in the Air Force.
I am very worried the incident will be termed "isolated", and "that it has been dealt with accordingly, and will never happen again." Sure, maybe not an incident like this will happen again, but what about the other career fields?
Does this solve all the Air Force's problems? One just needs to look at the cover of this weeks Air Force times, and see that there is a much larger problem going on. Planes being parked due to age and reliability. The F-15 fleet grounded due to a midair breakup of an F-15C Eagle. I do not think the big whigs can point fingers at airmen for all this.
The point is, and you brought it up, is the Air Force needs to answer the five questions: who,what, when, where, and how? Was this incident at Minot an isolated one? I hope so. However, the fact does remain that there were other issues that contributed to the incident that did not seem to be addressed by Gen Newton. I would like to know why nuclear -armed cruise missles were stored in the same bunker as cruise missles with dummy warheads.
I can remember there was a time when I was a loader, and we would load one half of the aircraft with inert weapons, and load the other side with live. This was discontinued almost immediately due to the confusion is created, and this was with conventional weapons. How this storage of weapons was allowed to happen is confusing to me.
I would like to take this time to thank you for your service and expecially for pointing out some important questions that need to be answered by the leaders of the today's Air Force.
Air Force Veteran
Very good article!
You are absolutely correct about the 'erosion' problem in the Air Force. After the Air Force adopted Total Quality Management (TQM), our tried, tested and proven quality control and self inspection programs were for the most part eliminated. It also didn't help when the Air Force (and other services) were directed to reduce the number of regulations and directives during the mid '90s, and instead issue 'Instructions' with fewer pages and less details.
Believe this was a result of the 'old global warming expert' Al Gore's initiative to reduce paper work though out the government.
CMSgt, USAF (retired)
I enjoyed your article, however, it seemed to "dance around" the real issue and the most important of "how and why" although you did ask these questions in the 1-5 "Things that would be nice to know." However, as a reader, it left me hanging and guessing.
As a retired Air Force Reserve Colonel, with 30 years service, the last ten as a senior officer I have a theory.
I agree with you that the Air Force has a problem and this serious incident reflects an "erosion." I would submit to you, the real problem is an erosion of leadership. We simply do not place the right officers into critical leadership positions. Contrary to popular belief, not every senior officer is a true leader.
During my career, I worked with some exceptional staff officers, however, once assigned to a command billet (the one with the "C" prefix on the manning document) they struggled and floundered, unable to lead, motivate or set the organizational goals. I saw this occur repeatedly, the individuals are set up for failure and we do a disservice to the personnel they are to lead. The fact is, after the mistake is made, the senior leaders who made these flawed selections of leaders, would stay in a "state of denial" it usually takes a major incident to have them removed and then the road back to recovery for the unit was long and difficult.
In this incident, the Air Force should take a hard look at those individuals who were in leadership roles and do an honest "reality check"; did we have the best leaders in these positions? Were they the ones who can truly lead our Air Force into the future?
Colonel, USAF (retired)
Where is the root cause of the erosion? See most current B-52 RAP tasking messages, which contain a statement form COMACC. It read (paraphrase) “Focus on the GWOT…I will accept risk in other areas”. The ACC/IG’s representative responded to this question with, “that was not the staff’s intent”. Unfortunately, leaders at the group/wing level don’t have a staff-intent-o-meter and have to read the written words. It appears the “risk” may have been the careers of some Lt Colonels and Colonels.
Lt Colonel, USAF
On In-lieu-of missions:
Riflemen should be trained by, serve in Army, Corps
Published in the Air Force Times, July 23, 2007 by Charles Sutherland -- Every Marine, first and foremost, is a rifleman. Any Marine will tell you that, and I respect it . . .
Riflemen should be trained by — and serve in — Army, Marines
Published in the Army Times, July 30, 2007 by Charles Sutherland -- Every Marine, first and foremost, is a rifleman. Any Marine will tell you that, and I respect it.
Playing Their Roles: Marines, soldiers should serve in ground combat missions
Published in the Marine Corps Times, Aug 6, 2007 by Charles Sutherland -- Every Marine, first and foremost, is a rifleman. Any Marine will tell you that, and I respect it.
Mr. Sutherland, thanks for your article on page 46 of the A.F.Times of July 23, 2007 ( THE RIFLEMEN ). It bothers me very much to see untrained Airmen being used as Infantrymen. For them, this is suicide. As the Department of Defense knows, The U.S.A.F. prepares, and trains for Air Combat. The U.S.N. prepares, and trains for battle at sea. We don't know our way around the block on land. What are our Political and Military leaders thinking? I don't think we have any.
MSgt USAF (retired)
Thank you for writing your article published in AF Times of July 23d. Your article expresses an opinion that I have wondered about ever since it happened, and why airmen themselves have not expresssed the same question although we both know the answer to that. Why would the AF leaders agree to such an assignment for our Airmen unless it was a political decision???
I live near Beale AFB and have seen the personnel continually deployed from there regularly, and do not believe that the AF has the extra 5,000 to provide....they just have to comply with orders. I think that you are absolutly right that the Army or Marines should be authorized and train these men thoroughly for these asignments. Keep writing, and I would express yourself more strongly!!!!
MSgt USAF (retired) 40 years
I read with great interest your article conerning assigning "airman" to front lines or wherever with guns. I agree that this is "crazy" at best. I served proudly for 21 years in the Air Force regardless of my tours of duty. I was ready and able to go anywhere anytime. I have the deepest respect for any serviceman and even more for those that are put in a situation where firing a weapon is required. I was not one of those for a very good reason....I was not trained.
The Army and Marines are trained not only how to fire the weapon, but also the tactics etc. required in a war zone. Again I was not. We all know that in a ware zone anyone (including) airman may be required to use a weapon, that is completely different from the story you related in that these airman were placed in the same positon as army and marines with no real training. Thanks again for the article.
Air Force Veteran (retired)
BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREED . . .
Dear Sir, I serve in the Marine Corps for 22 years, I think that the Air Force should learn how to be rifleman, if we were to get in a real war where there base is overran what is the Air Force going to do depend on the Army or the Marines to take there base back? I feel that everybody in the Air Force should know how to use a rifle and employ it tactile just in case they may have to stop being a cook or mechanic to fight or assist the Army or the Marines in battle. All Marines are rifleman first and there MOS second and the Air Force needs to get with the program.
HOWEVER . . .
Editorial: Limit in-lieu-of taskings
Published in the Air Force Times, did I help this happen? Mabye, but probably not, but we did talk about it before the decision.
On UAV Command and Control
Function Comes First
Published in the Air Force Times, September 3, 2007 by Charles Sutherland -- Argument over altitude misses the point: UAVs perform Air Force jobs
Lt Colonel, USAF
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