A State Trooper's Lament...Submitted by WyoWill on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 21:59
(I SENT THIS TO A GOOD HEARTED, YET WRONG HEADDED FAMILY MEMBER)
I didn't vote for Obama today... neither did I vote for McCain....
This is not a confession, but rather a sad realization.
I did not vote for either barack obama or john mccain...
not because either possessed some physical trait that I found displeasing...
not because either was for or against change,...
not because either failed to pick a VP with particular accomplishments worth note...
not because either had too little of the right sort of experience or too much of the wrong...
My vote sprung out of a realization dealing with an issue, a topic... a realization that I had failed to uphold my end of the bargain.
See, over the years, I have taken many classes related to this topic and as you may have reasoned, I never got the full use out of those classes, even thou my grades may persuade you otherwise.
I eventually attended a ceremony where the focus and reason for any of us being there was summed up in an Oath. My dad was there. It was truly a proud day for me... I thought I understood the words that were spoken that day... Words I repeated with such solemness and good intention almost exactly 17 years ago. I still didn't understand, even as my dad pinned my badge on my chest and smothered me with a bear hug.
As life went on (as life will do) I noticed some things that bothered me:
For one, it became painfully clear to me that the Wyoming Highway Patrol hired from the same gene pool that we arrested from... there was nothing inherently different about those of us in the WHP... that was disconcerting; I was hoping to be insulated, protected from messing up... protected from my own flawed nature. I soon realized that was not going to be the case. In addition, I witnessed human devastation and cruelty that I frankly never would have suspected could exist. Death, destruction, wickedness, immorality and neglect were all too commonplace in my new world.
Worst of all, fellow Law Enforcement Agencies had other flawed human beings working for them, just like us... and once in a while, one of those flawed human beings would do something that violated an Oath that I remember taking... and surprisingly, those words started to make sense. I noticed that certain people in positions of authority, would often times do what they wanted, and call it 'right'. After all, the ends justified the means, if it were for the greater good. (i.e., bad guy in jail, drugs off the street, drunk driver convicted...)
I noticed people without political or financial means were often resentful of my choice in a career. I noticed that I was now labeled as one of the fortunate few, who had been given everything and didn't know what it was like to struggle. I was told that peace officers abused their authority and I could be no different. It was stated plainly that by virtue of my profession and the color of my skin that there was no need to weigh the content of my character.
Those words... that oath. "... solemnly swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America..." A review of that Document brought me to The Bill of Rights... "...to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving there just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."
I have been a fool.
I had been willingly ignorant of my duties. I was negligent in the fullest meaning of the word... not in my career responsibilities, but in my duties as a Citizen of this great land.
I had many times voted for the lesser of two evils. I have, on occasion voted against someone by voting for his/her opponent, even if I didn't understand all that vote was going toward. I placed my trust in rhetoric and sound bites and sold my country out,... one vote at a time.
Our President-elect Barack Obama and John McCain are also very flawed human beings... I can live with that. What I cannot and will not excuse is that both of these folks have taken very similar Oaths as I have mentioned above,... and neither has made the effort to uphold that oath. Both, along with the vast majority of their parties, has long since adopted the mindset I abhor in some of my fellow officers, deputies and troopers... They are in power and what they feel is most important needs to be accomplished at whatever the cost... the ends justify the means:
*People make poor choices and are now without homes? ANSWER: Take $ from those who are responsible... and their kids, and their kid's, kid's, kids to bail them out.
*Companies make poor choices and now are without their business? SAME ANSWER!!!
*Terrorist attack us on 9-11, tell us it is because we are infidels, defiling their Holy Land? ANSWER: Attack a country LOADED with Holy sites that DIDN'T attack us.
*Government spends us into $10 Trillion in debt, forces (thank you Barney Frank) semi-private banks (Freddie and Fannie) into loaning billions to people who cannot afford them.
*President Bush then boasts about how home "ownership" rates have never been higher in America Then when SHOCKINGLY these loans are defaulted on, they take MORE money from our kid's, kid's, kid's, kid's, kids....all so they can get re-elected.
I could not possibly care less how much or how little pigment a person has in their skin.
I am not ambivalent about someone's service to our country, but I would not build alters to one's greatness or assume that courage necessarily translate to presidential character.
I hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS....
I will never again vote for any candidate, no matter what the office (Dog Catcher or President) if that person would not defend the LIFE of ALL the citizens of this land, at all stages; those born or yet to be born.
I will never again vote for any candidate that would presume to keep me safe by restricting my LIBERTY... The Patriot act is just one of the number of such measures that must be repealed. Locking one into a cell would certainly keep you safe, but at what cost to your liberty?
I will never again vote for any candidate that would presume to define for me what it means to be "secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects", or tax me punitively when they decide that I have made enough money, and in fact have CAUGHT happiness and now it's time to spread the wealth around... to do my 'patriotic duty' and not be so selfish.
I will only vote for those who would protect me from a government that would do all of these things and much more to her citizens. That sure as hell wasn't one of these two clowns.
I did vote... I will do so again.
I ran for office and I won... I will do so again.
I brought my Constitution with me and when asked a question... I looked it up.
In the past the Constitution and the Bill of Rights protected and served us well.... God willing, They will do so again.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE... here is my early Christmas present to each of you... sorry I didn't have time to wrap it. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6732659166933078950
Be Blessed all.