Lone Survivor: A Film of Counterfeit Patriotism and Ungodly Aggression

CNN host Jake Tapper’s interview with the subject of the Mark Wahlberg film Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell, became tense on Friday when the veteran of Operation Red Wings apparently took offense at Tapper’s suggestion that the botched mission was a mistake. Luttrell defended his fellow veterans who lost their lives in that operation and asked if Tapper was suggesting that they died “for nothing.”

I am patriotic, but perhaps not as many define it. I have nothing against those individuals who serve in the military, but I have much against the industrial military complex, those lying politicians and businessmen, who send them off to fight war-for-profit in a foreign land when we, as Americans, have no business being there whatsoever.

My duty is first to God, then my family, and then to my home state of Virginia and community. Allegiance, as I understand the term, I owe to no government (who is to be a minister of God, a deacon, and, in the United States, a servant of the people). God, is the paramount authority, or Sovereignty and Who alone can make and change governments, bring kings and leaders down, and install them to positions of power. Yes, I still believe in states rights, as this is the foundation of our country, a union of states, each independent, with their own governments, who entered into union for the benefit of each other, none of which were controlled by a centralized, federal power. When Lincoln foisted perhaps the greatest hoax on the American people with his Gettysburg speech, thus giving birth to the Lincoln cult upon which this country still suckles, America was introduced to a new “constitution”, which was nothing more than a series of patriotic sounding lies. Those lies, and the false patriotism to a centralized, tyrannical federal government, are being perpetuated in this film. It’s easy to do these days when an apathetic and comfortable welfare minded society craves heroes and entertainment in exchange for God’s Word. When the two are combined, it’s winner, winner, chicken dinner for said despots.

In the first video, you will see the official trailer for the film. In the second video, witness an aggressive rebuke of the lone survivor himself, Marcus Luttrell to the interviewer, Jake Trapper. It’s almost embarrassing. Finally, the comments by Ted Weiland follow. His commentary on this particular situation is well worth the read.

I should you warn you, the trailer looks awesome. I would love to see it, but I won’t, because dying for your country is not always heroic. Sometimes, it is stupid, senseless, and a violation of God’s commands. That’s where false patriotism and misguided allegiance comes in…..

Now here is the smackdown (read pride) of Marcus Luttrell on an interviewer who called the death of these men senseless. Don’t forget folks, pride is still a sin:

Ted Weiland:

“Senseless? Let’s be truthful. When you consider this war from a Biblical perspective and the fact that it is but another incident of America’s industrial-military complex’s imperialism at the behest of the international bankers–of course, their loss of life was senseless. And, to describe it as anything else is a counterfeit patriotism that will only encourage more of our young men (and now women) to give their lives, their limbs (and who knows what else, young ladies) for the wicked designs of the new world order boys:

“…The power to declare war is a serious responsibility. Why were the framers so vague in defining the parameters of war and the conditions under which it could be declared? Section 8, Clause 11 is the only place of significance where warfare is mentioned in the Constitution. Little wonder this power has been abused. Luther Martin [one of Maryland’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention] protested:

‘…the congress have also a power given them to raise and support armies, without any limitation as to numbers, and without any restriction in time of peace. Thus, sir, this plan of government, instead of guarding against a standing army, that engine of arbitrary power, which has so often and so successfully been used for the subversion of freedom, has in its formation given it an express and constitutional sanction….’40

“John Quincy Adams predicted the consequences of America’s international military entanglements:

‘America … has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings…. Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions, and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.… She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors, and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force; the frontlet on her brow would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished luster, the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.’

“Because the framers provided no Biblical parameters, unbiblical warfare has been the rule ever since….

“From 1945 to the present, the United States has bombed nineteen different countries under the guise of defending America’s sovereignty and promoting democracy. But America is none the better for it, and not one of these countries has become a legitimate democracy – not that this would be anything to celebrate. Something is amiss. Wars fought for political gain or financial profit can only be classified as ungodly acts of aggression….”

( For more, see online Chapter 4 “Article 1: Legislative Usurpation” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt4.html. )