Email to Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 22 May 2016

Dear Mr. Sullivan,

Your commentary in today’s Sunday Washington Post heralds a cause for concern among those of us who believe in the rule of law and staying within the parameters of those rules; and, for those of us who truly love our country, warts and all.

Soper and his followers/colleagues are, simply stated, anarchists. Soper claims he only wants “our” government to follow the Constitution. Like Soper is an expert on the U.S. Constitution? How strange it is that the Constitution, not unlike Holy Scripture, is open to wide interpretation. The gun lobby and the 2nd Amendment represent a perfect example on how opposing sides interpret the 2nd Amendment differently. For what it is worth, I interpret it as many if not most scholars do: The right of the Colonies to establish a Militia because we had no standing army at that time. (Wouldn’t that reality be painful to the MIC of day’s culture!)

I see Soper and his ilk as enemies of the state; terrorists laying in waiting. They can spew out all the bravado and gusto as they wish. They claim patriotism while in fact they are nationalists; not patriots. Their collective frames an underground of tyranny against the United States of America; and, I sense they are “itching for that gunfight”.

You quote an Alex McNeely saying he wanted to join the U.S. Military until Obama was elected. “I wasn’t going to accept him as my Commander-in-Chief,” says McNeely. Really! Well, it is a damned good thing he did not enlist. As a U.S. Military Veteran whose family has served our country since the American Revolutionary War, I will be among the first to remind McNeely we do not get to choose our bosses; for better or for worse. The Military oath states, in part, “to protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” McNeely should look beyond the White House into the Capitol to discern just how many enemies of the state are freewheeling on the backs of America and corrupting the Constitution. McNeely also needs to learn more about the duty of our Military when it comes to matters of government. No president is king.

The Sopers of our world are belligerent marauders who thumb their noses at the rule of law. “Their” law appears to be at the end of the barrel of a gun. These Trumpites better hope and pray Trump does not get elected as president. There is an old cliché, “a fool is born every minute.” There are a lot of fools riding this Trumpified train wreck. They may feel disenfranchised. Under a Trump as president, their fate would be even worse.

But, sadly, they also are among the many less educated white folk in America who see life as dark and hopeless. I see light and hope. I refuse to “blame” this government, flawed as it is, for my good times or my bad times. Soper states, “the government has lost ‘common sense’.” Now, I wonder: Who, really, lacks that common sense?

Respectfully,
The REVEREND M. VINCENT TURNER

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