What is our duty as Americans?

Our Second Amendment rights are under attack by President Obama, his administration, and the United Nations. New federal laws that would infringe on our right to bear arms and to form a well-regulated militia (and no, it is not the National Guard, it is you and I as private citizens to stand up to fight against tyranny or foreign invasion) could put our country at risk for an invasion by foreign troops or terrorists that could be worse than the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

As a veteran of the armed forces such as myself and many others who took an oath “to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and protect it from all enemies “foreign” and “domestic”; to obey all orders (lawful) of the President of the United States and all officers appointed over us. It is also our job to protect U.S. citizens from tyranny by giving our lives to defend them with honor.

With the release of the book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” by Robert Gates, I ask you, as a U.S. citizen, what is your duty? Is it to bury your head in the sand, look the other way, not to be concerned as long as it does not directly affect you?

When it has been proven that Barack Obama was born in Mombassa, Kenya, and took foreign aid to go to college in the U.S., how is it he became President of the United States? Why is it President Richard Nixon was impeached for much less? How do we have a president who bypasses Congress and the Senate, signs a United Nations Small Arms Treaty, fails to protect our troops and embassy staff from harm, and writes his “own” agenda into law with the stroke of a pen via executive order?

I will tell you. “We” as a nation have become complacent again. We have leaders (a majority), who do not know what it means to serve in the military, much less how to represent and support the wishes of their constituents.

Do not take freedom for granted. Educate yourself and vote wisely, and thank God to watch over this country to ensure “His will” be done. I now place my prayers in God’s hands that our politicians will somehow acquire a conscience to do what is right again in the way our forefathers who wrote the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence had intended.

Brian R. Dent

Parkersburg