NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
On June 28, Mack Paul wrote of his wonderful childhood in what he considers “a great bastion of American socialism and social mobility that we know as the United States Air Force.” I would like to reply to his letter, if I may.
Like his father, I served in the U.S. Air Force as an officer. I agree that the military is similar to socialism, but consider this. When you enter the military, you become subject to a different justice system and forfeit your individual rights.
You are told what to wear, what work you must perform and when and where you must perform your assigned duties. The president becomes your commander-in-chief, and whether you like him or not, you must obey any lawful order he issues.
Yes, the military provides for its members and if you forget the fact that you may lose your life when performing your duties, the military provides a degree of security.
But the military people I knew were not fighting to make this a socialist nation. They were voluntarily serving so they, their children and friends could live in a free country and enjoy individual freedom.
We took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution as it is written. The founding of this nation was exceptional in that the citizen was superior to the government, that the government was elected by the citizens and limited in its power over the citizens.
I am concerned that the nation of our founders is rapidly disappearing. President Obama campaigned on the promise to fundamentally change this nation. He did not define what kind of nation he desired but did provide a clue when he told Joe the plumber that he thought there should necessarily be a transfer of wealth. I assume he means to use the power of government to take the product of one person’s labor and to give it to another person.