by Eddie Gilbert
The first time I raised my right hand and swore to my Oath was in February, 1970. I was a starry-eyed 17 year old Marine Corps recruit. I still remember the goose bumps I got while I was listening to what I was swearing to support and defend. I took that Oath very seriously, to the depths of my being.
Over the last four decades, I’ve sworn to that same Oath seven times during my two enlistments in the Marine Corps, enlistments in the North Carolina and Ohio National Guard, and twice as a Police Officer. I’m currently an active duty Police Officer in northeast Ohio.
Now, I’m 57 years old, not quite so starry-eyed anymore, but I STILL get those same goose bumps whenever I hear that Oath recited. I STILL feel it in the depths of my being.
And I still mean to keep that Oath.
‘Patriot’ is not a dirty word !
Over those same four decades, I’ve watched as our Constitution has been disregarded, ridiculed, bypassed, and downright ignored by our Federal Government while they’ve been systematically slicing away at the rights and liberties of my fellow countrymen.
And, you know what?
I’m about TIRED of it.
It’s time to do something about it.
It’s time for us to stand up and be counted.
In the words of Gunny R. Lee Ermey, when he portrayed Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the film “Full Metal Jacket”…
Eddie R. Gilbert