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America Is Eroding The Rights I Fought For

Will you honor the vision of America that soldiers fought to defend, or keep supporting an America that is eroding away essential freedoms?
The first group of U.S. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from more than 25 U.S. States, wait in line as they take a legal oath to officially make them deputized 'special police officers' for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, during 'in-processing' at the DC National Guard Armory January 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
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When I first enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army, I wondered why we took an oath not to the president, our commander in chief, not to our nation, but to the Constitution. We held our right hands up and repeat after the company officer: “I, Arti Walker-Peddakotla, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true

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