Didn’t We Fight Some War Guaranteeing Freedom of Speech?
By Richard E. Noble
My sister-in-law once asked me if this country didn’t fight some war once for the right to say what we wanted - free speech. In addition to that nearly everyday I get some sort of email telling me that if I am enjoying my freedom, or my good job, or my home or my child’s public education, I should thank a Marine. I understand where these people are coming from but I have some problems with this line of thinking. I know that no one out there is going to like to hear what I have to say but I am going to say it even without their permission or without invoking praise to a Marine or the Corps. I was in the Navy so we never cared much for a Marine anyway. There was a rather strong rivalry going on there. I would also like to say that I was not all that impressed with the Navy either. I thought that the whole process was rather un-American to tell you the truth. It is difficult for me to understand how I owe my freedom and individual rights to a Marine when the Marine Corps has yet to this very day been able to establish freedom and individual rights for their own members. If you have ever been a Marine, or in any branch of the U.S. Military Service for that matter, you should have noticed that once you took your oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, you were no longer subject to the protections contained in that agreement. When you took your oath your rights and privileges written and supposedly guaranteed to you under the provisions of that document were “temporarily suspended”. Even though in a document that preceded this Constitution it was stated that these rights were endowed upon me and you by our Creator (not a Marine) and that they were unalienable. You didn’t notice? You didn’t notice that guy who kept calling you names and saying unsavory things about your sister and mother? Or those many older men who kept suggesting that you were unfit to be a human being and that you should be living in a sewer or someplace worse? You didn’t feel that your “Constitutional” rights had been violated when you were told that you couldn’t leave the premises, or that you would not be able to eat for the next three days; or that if you refused to do what you were told you could be put in jail or confined to your barracks or executed if it was deemed mandatory. You didn’t notice that you were no longer free to “quit” your job; to refuse to comply with a request from a superior; to go for a walk; to speak your mind; to refuse to kill other people? You didn’t notice any of this? You mean that this was basically the same way that your mom and dad treated you at home? This is the way the police acted towards you in your hometown? You didn’t notice that if you committed a rule violation - to be distinguished from breaking a law - there was no jury at your trial? It wasn’t necessary to break a “law”. You simply had to not comply with a regulation - possibly not having your hat on straight, or not finishing the food on your plate; or smoking in the bathroom, or taking too long to shave in the morning; or not shaving well enough to satisfy some superior. Did you not notice that you were an inferior and subject to rule by “superiors”. You didn’t notice? Now it does say in the Constitution that the state has the right … “to make rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and Naval Forces; to provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions; to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia ...” but did you know that all of your unalienable rights were temporarily suspended while the government was attempting to do all of the above? Did you know that once you joined this organization you could be called out to suppress college students in America; to attack workers who were protesting for better working conditions at their place of employment in the U.S.A.; to attack other countries even if they hadn’t attacked your country; to beat up on black people in the South who didn’t want to sit in the back of the bus? Did you know that not only could all of your Constitutional rights be “temporarily suspended” once you joined the Military but that you could be forcibly required to join this Military and thereby lose your unalienable rights supposedly subscribed to you by your Creator? You didn’t find this slightly disconcerting? You didn’t find this somewhat contrary to the notion that you are free and equal? Did you notice that there were no elections for officers while you were in the Military? Did you notice that there was no soldier’s union or a soldier representative who you could go to in order to make a complaint about a supervisor; or about being harassed, or being bullied; or asked to drop your panties if you happened to be a female? You didn’t notice? This was all business as usual in a free democratic society as you understood it? If this was all business as usual in a free democratic society as you understood freedom and democracy what is a totalitarian state or a fascist state in your estimation? You didn’t notice that you were now subject to a whole new and revised body of laws called “The Uniform Code of Military Justice”. And that Military Justice was different and distinguishable from Civilian American Citizen Justice? You didn’t find this somewhat strange? You didn’t ask somebody; “Hey what the Hell is going on here?” Have you happened to notice in recent years that retired military officers often speak differently after they have retired and secured their pension than when they were still active and subject to monetary reprimands? I have even seen and heard ex-militaty men who are now running for president smile when they are presented with a statement to their position made by an active duty general and say: “Well we all realize that General so and so is not free at the moment to tell us what he really thinks.” Are you not shocked that a famous Military General is understood to be restricted in his right to free speech? A military officer can be court-martialed and go to prison for conduct unbecoming to an officer. Can a Senator go to jail for conduct unbecoming to a Senator? Can a Senator go to jail for conduct unbecoming to a human being? I know that a politician can go to jail for breaking a law, but a soldier can go to jail for breaking no law. He can go to jail for breaking a code or a rule; for showing up late for work; for not saluting or tipping his hat to a “superior”. Since when did we have “superiors” and inferiors in a democratic society? So the point is that the Marines have not even been able to negotiate a free democratic, work place, where they can speak their mind, and show their independence, why would anybody suggest that one should thank a Marine for benefits that after all of these years he has yet to gain for himself?
Books by Richard Edward Noble. Click on covers below for more info and purchasing instructions.
Classic Tragic Novel
Don't Laugh - This Could Have Been Your Life
Funny stories and some strange characters.
Monkey Dishes and Cocktail Fawks
My Harrowing days in the restaurant business. Great Read.
It's a Long Story
Long Short Fiction - Great stories!
Bloggin' Be My Life
"Bloggin' be My Life" contains a selection of some of my more popular Hobo Philosopher blogs.If you enjoy reading this blog, you should love Bloggin' Be My Life.
It's All About Love
It's All About Love is ... all about love. This is the 2nd book of poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington. Every poem in this book comes with a prose introduction. If you enjoy poetry this is a simple choice. Have fun!
A Little Something
Traditional poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford Off Arlington with some poignant prose introductions. If you enjoy any type of poetry, you will enjoy this volume. Thanks.
Talking To Myself
This is my third book of poetry.
Bits and Pieces
The Hobo Philosopher - My first book using the Hobo Philosopher brand. Featuring a variety of writing styles and ideas. Look for the Thoughtful Hobo on the cover.
A Baker's Dozen
The Hobo Philosopher: My Second book of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Stories. All varieties of short stories - lots of laughs!
Cat Point - and Them Dang Oyster People
Cat Point is the sequel to "The Eastpointer." Both books contain humorous tales about life in a fishing community on the Florida Panhandle. Lots of laughs.
Won 1st Place award for humor in 2007 from Florida Press Association. More wit, wisdom and humor from the yet to be world famous author, R.E. Noble
A Summer with Charlie - Lawrence
Fiction - Salisbury Beach, Lawrence, Mass. Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine July /Aug. issue 2010
Travel, Humor, Commentary on migrant farm work and illegal immigration still very pertinent today.
"Just Hangin' Out Ma"
Thank God for the Street Corners of Lawrence, Mass. Anecdotes and humorous escapades about growing up in an industrial mill town in the 40s,50s and 60s.
This is the sequel to "Just Hangin' Out, Ma"
That Old Gang of Mine
This is # 3 in my Lawrence Hometown series. The series is about growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in an industrial mill town. Sorta like a Huck Finn goes to vist Uncle Ralph, the bus driver, who lives in a big, rundown city. Lots of fun.
Come On-A My House
This is # 4 in my Lawrence Hometown series.The old homested at 32 Chelmsford ST is pictured on the cover..
Down By The Old Mill Stream
# 5 in the Lawrence My Hometown series.
Standing on the Corner is # 6 in the lawrence My Hometown series.
The old Howard Playstead on Lawrence St.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
# 7 in the Lawrence my Hometown series.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Classic tragic novel written from child's perspective. Deals with abuse, poverty, unemployment. Pulls no punches.
Noble Notes on Famous Folks
Humorous, satirical notes on everybody from Constantine to Bill Clinton. Inspiration: Willy Cuppy.
America on Strike
History - documented survey of labor strikes in America
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
Who are the American Nazis - the Liberals or the Conservatives?
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