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Dear Major Cook: Shut up and fight

Posted by sanityinjection on July 14, 2009

The Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer reports that Army reservist Major Stefan Cook has filed a court motion seeking an injunction and conscientious objector status to avoid having to be deployed to Afghanistan. His argument? It would be illegal for him to serve overseas under President Obama as Commander-in-Chief because Obama was not born in the United States:

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/story/776335.html

Honestly, I think we’re all pretty tired of this Obama birth certificate nonsense. Skeptics have had ample time to back up their claims that there is something wrong with Obama’s 1961 Hawaii birth certificate, without success. Like it or not, Barack Obama is the President of the United States and the Commander in Chief of America’s armed forces. And that’s not going to change for a few years.

Even if there were something in the birth certificate story, the idea that an individual soldier’s opinion on that question is of legal validity is pretty ridiculous. That’s sort of like the folks who claim they don’t have to pay taxes because of their personal interpretation of whether they are constitutional. This is why we have courts to decide these questions. You may not like the court’s judgment, but that doesn’t mean you get to substitute your own.

So with all due respect to Major Cook for your service to our country as a reservist: It’s time to shut up and fight for your country. That’s what you signed up for. I don’t blame you if you’re afraid of getting killed in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t make it OK for you to try to weasel out of your commitment on a technicality while your fellow reservists risk their lives. If you were a “conscientious objector” – a true pacifist – you never should have joined the reserves in the first place.

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