So that’s my perspective, odd as it might be.

I’ve always been domestic. Despite my attempts, I never did, do not and never will fully grasp American foreign affairs from a perspective that finds them fully justifiable. Rarely – occasionally I can find them only partially justifiable on a temporary basis perhaps with many caveats from time to time when compelled.
Now my awkwardness about US foreign affairs is _not_ about holding to prior arrangements;
a contract is a contract so our arrangement via the North Atlantic Treaty from 1949 is our duty. Not even a question.
Now, _if_ I had I spoken this promise:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
then I would do so.
But I have not entered that contract.
I’ve taken _very few_ oaths in my life and I take them seriously.
That little Boy Scout Oath? I still take it seriously. It’s an oath; I stated it. I’m held to it.
“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
Not perfectly following but I always keep it in mind.
Scout Law?
“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”
Again, not perfectly followed but I’ve never forgotten the oath.
But I took no such oath to defend the flag. My duty to country is civic.
So I have committed, commit and will continue to commit to civic duties in various ways.
That’s my contribution.
Dying for the flag? No. It’s not there. I did not sign that oath or speak it. It is not my oath. But the ones I did speak or sign I take seriously.
Now my church growing up was not “anti oath” but I remember reading, “Do not swear an oath” in the Gospels when I was doing my “read the bible in a year” thing as a young teenager – and I’d admired the Quakers for their non oath taking stance.
So that’s my perspective, odd as it might be.
If I took the oaths you did? I’d be as you are with them.
Now, you could fault me for not believing “every citizen a soldier” and that’s your right to do so. But “there are no small parts, only small actors”; and whatever little parts I play, I do.
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