This post will require very little commentary from me.
Former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith made waves on Fox News today when he spoke with Bill Hemmer about the government shutdown as well as other recent government actions. Benjamin stated plainly that he believes the government is actually manufacturing scenarios in an effort to push us closer to martial law.
In particular, Smith believes that with the closure of war memorials, limiting of 2nd amendment rights, etc… the government is provoking veterans. Smith says that he believes they are hoping vets will “do something”. He says, “They either want to diminish our voice and our significance or… draw contact.” Of course, the inevitable conclusion here is that if veterans can either be sidelines or provoked, it would open the door for a militarized federal police force to swoop in for our own protection.
For those of us who keep an eye on such things, this comes as no surprise, but it is noteworthy to hear a former SEAL discussing the matter on a major cable news outlet. Here is Ben’s full interview:
In reference to the war memorials being closed, Ben is quoted on his website as saying:
Fi against the house of Montague and Capulet! This is not a right or left issue, this is a master and slave dispute. These are our monuments. The first amendment gives us the right to peaceably assemble and to have a redress of our grievances. We do not come to DC to start riots, hurt anyone or to attack anything. We are just here to stand firm on the principles forged into us by our military training.
Now, with news that the government has re-opened as of this evening, it remains to be seen where we go from here. But Benjamin Smith’s words are worth bearing in mind, so I will leave it to you to determine whether there is merit to what he has said.