1st Lieutenant Smith stands in the Whitehouse hallway surrounded by other uniformed men. The officer in charge hurries up with a concerned look and is handed a piece of paper. After reading it he looks at Lt. Smith, and reads the paper again.
Lt. Smith has a loaded service revolver on his hip, neatly holstered.
The Whitehouse Duty Officer, once more, reads the piece of paper he was handed and looks around at his men.
"Stand back" he says to them.
The Officer and Lt. Smith salute and as everyone watches and, as the officer hands the piece of paper back to him, Lt. Smith turns and walks purposefully away, down the hall of the Whitehouse toward the West wing.
Here is what was on that peice of paper:
I, John Patriot Smith), having been appointed a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army under the conditions indicated in this document, do accept such appointment and do solemnly swear (or 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; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God.
Every officer in the Military of the United States of America takes this oath.
Think it is impossible?
Remember that the fall of the Dictator Marcos in the Phillipines was due to the refusal of the military to follow his illegal orders...And, regardless of what Reaganites claim, that the fall of the Soviet government was because the Russian Military refused to shoot Boris Yeltsin, among other things.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic
Military men are already refusing to support illegal activity by the United States Administration...