Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Good Old-Fashioned "Insubordinate Americans" in the Military

"Dissent in the armed forces is a patriotic tradition," reminds The American Conservative's Chris Bray — Revolt in the Ranks. Only in neo-America would "an activist organization called Oath Keepers [that] brings together military personnel who agree to resist unlawful orders" be met with this reaction:
    News media have reacted with urgent hostility. In 2010 a typical story in Mother Jones blasted the group under a headline about an emerging “Age of Treason,” warning darkly that soldiers were openly pledging to defend the fundamental law: “At regular ceremonies in every state, members reaffirm their official oaths of service, pledging to protect the Constitution—but then they go a step further, vowing to disobey ‘unconstitutional’ orders from what they view as an increasingly tyrannical government.”
The great Bill Kauffman's quip about Mary Harris Jones that "[t]he real Mother Jones... was to her namesake magazine as Thomas Jefferson is to The Jeffersons" from Look Homeward America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals comes to mind. The phrase in the title of this post comes from the same book, in which the author reminds us that "Robert Frost put his faith in the 'insubordinate Americans,' throaty dissenters and ornery traditionalists."

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