Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution says, "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government."
"Republic" comes from the Latin "res publica", literally "thing of the people".
Will someone tell me how corporate domination of our political processes guarantees that our country is a "thing of the people"? Can you tell me how institutional paranoia supports our "thing of the people"?
I love my country. I hate my government.
When I joined the Marine Corps, I took an affirmation:
I, Christopher J Osburn, do solemnly affirm that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
An affirmation is like an oath, except instead of risking your immortal soul by swearing "So help me God" you risk your personal integrity. Many religions will not let one swear an oath against God. Atheists won't for obvious reasons. I won't because I don't think the physical forces inherent in the Universe as a Whole are really a match for my sense of personal responsibility.
Here's the Big Question. What if the President of the United States is a "domestic enemy" of the Constitution. How do I resolve that conflict?
It's easy to say, "Well, I'm not in the military anymore, I'm relieved of my affirmation." But is that true?
Big questions. I don't have the answers yet. In the meantime, Don't Tread On Me.