Dear Oath Keepers,
I commend you for your efforts to bring those who have ever sworn an oath to protect, serve, and defend the Constitution of these United States together. I pray that this organization will awaken those, who have taken the oath, to the fact that their oath is important and must be kept for the sake of America’s sovereignty. Let us keep reaching out and letting them know that they do not stand alone!
I, for one, take my oath very serious. Seventeen years ago, as a young man just out of high school, I made that oath with hand raised and proud heart. The decision to join the Army was something I saw as my duty. I knew what I wanted to do and I did it. However, I did not truly understand what my oath fully meant or how important it was at the time. Like many, I thought my service was to uphold ANY order (without question) given by the Commander-In-Chief and those officers that are subordinate to that position. If I only knew then what I know now (how many times have we said that?), things would have been very different.
Even though I did not consciously lead based on the specifics of the Constitution, looking back, I indeed stood on its principals of liberty. I took my oath as a Non-Commissioned Officer very serious as well and learned quickly that if you intend to play the part get ready for some resistance. When you stand on righteous principals, you will get attacked for it eventually. Many times I stood face-to-face with opposing principals when defending my rights and the rights of my soldiers’. It is interesting how individuals and groups will resist what is right when they know they are in the wrong. It wasn’t fun facing them and I honestly did not like it, but I did it anyway, because it was the right thing to do.
My career brought me face-to-face with many things; some good and some bad, all learning experiences. From Korea, Germany, Bosnia, Croatia and Stateside, I did what I was told and I served honorably. I have an obligation to the Constitution and I intend to keep it! I will not allow political corruption to corrupt me! Count me in! Let us resist all enemies of the Constitution of these United States!
Thank you very much!
Mr. Edwin McKinney
U.S. Army Veteran, Sgt.