Those who refuse to support and defend a state have no claim to protection by that state.
Is there any other way to interpret this? Perhaps...
- Only military veterans should be allowed to call the police or fire departments or send their kids to public schools, or use the streets, etc., etc., etc.
- People who choose not to serve would pay no taxes, not be required to obey any laws, etc., etc., etc.
- If your neighbor's dog digs up your rose bush, and you are a veteran, then you sue in a government court, but if you are not a veteran then you handle it some other way.
- Maybe you could go to the beach, set up a lounge under an umbrella and scan the horizon for pirates. Would that count? Maybe you could go to a National Park and patrol it for errant raccoons.
Or perhaps we should have the question posed from another context:
- "A government that violates the rights of the people has no right to exist."
- "A government that refuses to protect the rights of the people has no right to exist."
- "A government than cannot defend the rights of its citizens has ceased to exist."
.. support and defend ... creates ambiguities in the "and" conjunction. I mean, do you have to both support and defend? So, just being a soldier or a veteran would not be enough. You would have to pay taxes as well. A wounded veteran with no taxable income might not be able to claim the defense of the state if set upon by bandits.
"Defend" how? So far, I have made this about the military -- the bottom line for any government, by definition. But what if you "defend" the state by arguing for it? You could go to some Hyde Park, get on a soap box and speak on behalf of your state.
(this is getting to be fun...)
What is a "state"? I mean, we have FIFTY states here. Can you parse your defense of Indiana from your support for Oregon or the Federal government? Would the county, township, or village be a "state"? Thus if you served in the US Army and if the US Army were accepted as the agent of the federal government which has a social contract down to the village, that might work, but if you were, say, a police officer in the village, you might for yourself argue that this not to be construed as support and defense of Cass County, the State of Indiana or the USA in general?
(Riddle me that, Batman.)
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 4/18, 7:21am)