by Brent Johnson
Have you ever seen one of those television commercials for the Army? Be all that you can be. An army of one. Or those really interesting, effect-laden ads for the Marines? Maybe you could be one of us. The few, the proud, the Marines.
These TV ads promote the glory, excitement, and many opportunities offered if you just sign up for the Service. All of the bait is laid out in these commercials, hoping for a good catch. None of the downside of serving in the Armed Forces is ever mentioned; not the long hours or bad food, certainly not the loss of liberty, nor any of the more unpleasant aspects of military life.
That may be expected because after all, this is an advertisement and so it is only going to show you the good stuff. Fair enough. Advertising is the commercial art of mind manipulation. The purpose of any advertisement is to get the viewer (listener, reader) to do something. In other words, commercials are intended to influence social behavior.
Now, have you ever noticed the small print at the bottom of the screen that reads, “Paid for by the U.S. Army” (or Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard)? Look for it the next time you see one of these military commercials.
If the advertisement was paid for by one of the Armed Services, then that means it was paid for with taxpayer money. Which raises the question as to why the American people are paying to have themselves programmed to surrender their God-given unalienable rights?! Let me explain.
When you enlist in any of the Armed Forces, you must sign an oath, agreeing to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, domestic or foreign, and to follow the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Once you have given your oath, you are G.I. (which means Government Issue). In other words, you have waived your unalienable rights and literally become the property of the United States government!
Under the circumstances, it seems illegal, unconstitutional, and somewhat frightening to find that the government is using taxpayer money to fund commercial advertising that is designed to encourage young Americans to surrender their rights by enlisting in the military. The government is manipulating the minds of all Americans to serve a military, not civilian purpose, and hardly anybody notices it. Does that surprise you?
Why aren’t you outraged? The government is using tax dollars - the fruit of your labor - to advertise! That should never happen. Tax dollars are only to be used for specific purposes, and never to promote any function of government, because anything the government does for you requires in exchange that you waive your unalienable rights. Taxpayer funds can never be legitimately used to convince Americans to give up their rights.
The next time you are watching television, listening to the radio, or reading a newspaper, pay attention to any advertisements for the United States Armed Services. As a matter of fact, watch for any ads that are paid for by tax dollars. Consider what is being promoted; what the ad is trying to get you to do. Ask yourself if this kind of mind manipulation is a proper way to spend American tax dollars. Then get on the phone, fax or e-mail, and contact your Representative to complain about this overt, socially destructive, unauthorized use of taxpayer money.
If we do not speak out against such destructive and illegal behavior on the part of our government, then we approve of it, in which case we deserve the resulting servitude.
“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” Frederick Douglas, 1857
Brent Johnson is Director of Freedom Bound International, a common law service center dedicated to the preservation of personal freedom, privacy rights and the Declaration of Independence. He may be reached at 1-888-385-FREE or on-line at www.freedomradio.us.