National Guard units have been in combat in the Mideast regularly. Now the Guard is being deployed extensively inside the US. Let’s get to know the Guard a little better.
Did you know that the National Guard is the oldest branch of the US military? According to the National Guard website, the first National Guard unit was organized on December 13th, 1636. At that time they were called “militia”, which explains the wording of the 2nd Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The militia of that day consisted of every able-bodied male in the community. The Guard website describes their origin: “In 1637, the English settlements in North America were a tiny fringe along the Eastern seaboard. As settlement pushed west into the interior, the institution of the militia, which the colonists brought with them from England, went with them … The militia tradition meant citizens organizing themselves into military units, responsible for their own defense … The militia, called the National Guard since 1916, has served community, state, and nation for nearly 400 years, and citizen-soldiers have fought in every major American conflict from 1637 to present day operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Much has changed since the ‘first muster,‘ but more than 370 years later, the men and women of the National Guard are still defending their neighbors – and their nation.”
The militia was a tradition which even England, at the time, accepted.
The National Guard has both a Federal Mission and a State mission which are pretty much known:
FEDERAL: partner with the Army to fulfill military needs and be prepared if the President calls them to deal with a national emergency.
STATE: be available for governors to call up “in time of domestic emergencies or need.” This has most often been in response to “… fires … floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms or other emergency situations.”
Their training is described here.
They all have to go through the same 10-week Basic Training that every Regular Army soldier goes through. They all take the same DoD Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) testing process the Regular Army does. The contemptuous term “weekend warriors” does not apply now, if it ever did. These men and women are trained to US Army level.
We are in a time when we need the National Guard badly. Per Military Times, as of June 1st, 17,000 National Guard troops have been called out by 23 states.
There is some recognition that things are worse than is being admitted: on June 2nd: “Members of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, which is based in D.C. and typically guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, were mobilized last month to respond to massive protests over the treatment of Black Americans and systemic issues of police brutality. But the troops were never actually sent to the protests after they arrived … The soldiers were issued bayonets for their June 2 deployment — but told they were to remain in their scabbards and not attached to their service rifles…”
Other restrictions were imposed also. They were sent “to two military bases near the District Capitol Area.”
Objections to employing the Guard to preserve the rule of law (from Democrats) involve twisting the Posse Comitatus Act to cripple its original purpose. From the US Northern Command
“Section 1385 of Title 18, United States Code (USC), states:
‘Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.‘
The Posse Comitatus Act (PCA) does not apply to the U.S. Coast Guard, or to the National Guard in Title 32 or State Active Duty status. Although the PCA prohibits only the Army and Air Force as from performing domestic law enforcement activities, another statute, 10 USC Section 275, requires the Secretary of Defense to prescribe regulations to prohibit members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps from direct participation in a search, seizure, arrest, or other similar activity unless participation in such activity by such member is otherwise authorized by law. Department of Defense Instruction 3025.21 implements the prohibitions required under the PCA and 10 USC Section 275.”
Northern Command lists two exceptions which are directly applicable to the rest of the American military today:
“Counterdrug and counter-transnational organized crime assistance (10 USC Section 284). This statute authorizes the Department of Defense to provide certain expanded, non-reimbursable support to the counterdrug or counter-transnational organized crime activities of law enforcement agencies.
The Insurrection Act, Chapter 13 of Title 10 (10 USC Sections 251-255). This act allows the President to use U.S. military personnel at the request of a state legislature or governor to suppress insurrections. It also allows the president to use federal troops to enforce federal laws when rebellion against the authority of the U.S. makes it impracticable to enforce the laws of the U.S. by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings.“
Senator Udall, Dem-NM, on Wednesday was allegedly going to offer an amendment to the pending defense authorization bill to make the Posse Comitatus Act apply to all military troops, regardless of their activation orders, using the excuse that the rioters’ and protestors’ First Amendment rights are being violated. Udall says his amendment is to restore “the long-standing American principle of ‘posse comitatus’.” But under the Insurrection Act, rebellion against the authority of the United States, the authority to deploy the Guard exists. Udall says, “The American people watched in horror…” as the Guard was deployed. Personally, I was horrified by the rioters. Bring on the Guard! Disperse or arrest the mob, before we lose the shards of America that still exist.
Since all US law enforcement agencies are under the control of politicians or bureaucrats who are either too afraid to order them to enforce the law against the rioters, or themselves have the intent to destroy America, we’re left with the National Guard, and even that is under the control of governors or state legislatures. Except as stated above. President Trump has the Constitutional right to call out the Guard, because normal law enforcement efforts are not working. That is largely the fault of the Democrat leadership hamstringing the police, and they are outraged that the Guard is being used to limit the massive damage the rioters have already done.
For the latest National Guard news, from the Guard itself, go here.
Some politicians want to divert the Guard to cov19 duties. Per DoD, as of July 1st, the death rate of known cov19 cases is .002. That’s two thousandths of one percent. Tell me why we need the National Guard to deal with this? Come to think of it, tell me why we’re being forced to half-smother and commit anti-social distancing?
Communism is a great threat to any free people, but the greatest threat to American freedom and even existence is the Democrat Party and their antifa and BLM collaborators. The National Guard is one of the last defenses against anarchy before martial law. Democrats need to consider that carefully.
To all our Troops and Veterans, Thank You!
Have a safe and blessed RED Friday.