Beggin’ the Colonel’s pardon, but, with all due respect, sir, grass is not blue and the sky is not green.
The People have to understand that the military serves the political masters The People choose to saddle them with. Enthusiastically, sometimes. With gritted teeth, sometimes. Professionally, almost always.
The People have to understand that the choices they make at election time have consequences. Congress decides what the military gets paid. Congress decides which generals and admirals get promoted. Congress decides how large the military will be, where it will be stationed, and how much money will be spent on barracks maintenance, ammunition, body armor. Presidents come and go. Eight years and they’re gone. Representatives stay decades. The length of entire military careers.
The People have to understand that their choice for Commander-in-Chief has great bearing on who gets sent into harm’s way, for what purpose, whether they’re in it to win, lose or play patty-cake. The People have to understand that their own answers to polling questions, their own support or opposition, their own grant or denial of legitimacy, plays out on the battlefield. Somebody pays for The People’s resolution, or lack thereof, in blood.
The People have to understand that nobody swore any oath to defend them.
My perception is being managed here to perceive attempted innoculation from post-Inaugural charges of being Former Regime Loyalists.