Thursday, January 7, 2010
Oath Keeper CDR David R. Gillie on Caesarism, Juntoism and the genius of the Founders' Oath.
I met then LTCDR David Gillie at the original Oath Keepers ceremony on Lexington Green, 19 April 2009. He is one impressive American, though he is the first of his family to be one. The speech in four parts below, given at the National Convention of Oath Keepers late last year, is outstanding, both as an example of a stand up officer, but also as instruction of how our Constitution is designed to prevent both Caesarism and Juntoism, which have both been the bane and cause of the eventual death of almost all republics throughout history.
To some, this speech will seem incomplete in some of its particulars. I remind you that this is a current serving Naval officer and you should not expect him to go beyond discussion of standing down and refusing an unlawful order.
The mission of Oath Keepers is to make sure that all soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines instruction is up to par, both on their duties, on the history, and on the Constitution itself, not just the laws of war, so they know when to "just say no."