Political stewardship military or mercenary
The military of a nation-state derives its credibility and honor from its nation (citizens) that condones its formation, its existence and its maintenance. It is considered as one of the nation’s public professional resources whose loyalty (democratically) is to the nation (citizens). Thus, it is clearly understood that the military of a nation has no credibility or honor outside its services to its nation.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Political Stewardship: Military or Mercenary?
Stewardship is a term that describes the managerial role played by someone in
managing another person’s property. A steward is not the owner but only the manager.
When applied to politics, in the context of democratic environment, stewardship refers to
elected leaders playing the role of political managers who are entrusted with the
governance of a nation-state and its public resources that is the property of all citizens. The
elected leaders are not owners of the nation-state and its public resources but just
managers. One of the resources available to the nation-state is the military.
Military Resources: Its core role and function
As one of the resources available to a nation-state, the core role and function of the
military is to defend its nation-state against all actual or perceived threats. Take note, the
military is not there to defend a political party in its country. It is not there to serve as a
private army for one of its elected leaders or its appointed generals. It is not there as a tool
for suppressing the citizens whose tax money pays for and maintains them. It is not there to
serve itself. The military as a resource of a democratic nation-state is there to serve, defend
and protect the nation-state – the citizens. In return for its services, besides material
benefits, the military draws its credibility and honors from its nation-state.
Military Credibility and honor
The military of a nation-state derives its credibility and honor from its nation
(citizens) that condones its formation, its existence and its maintenance. It is considered as
one of the nation’s public professional resources whose loyalty (democratically) is to the
nation (citizens). Thus, it is clearly understood that the military of a nation has no credibility
or honor outside its services to its nation. What happens to its credibility and honors when it
allows itself to be misused?
Military or Mercenary and Juntas
Elected leaders as managers for the nation who misuse the military as a personal
tool for usurping the powers of the citizens are known as authoritarian oligarchies, tyrants
or dictators. If a nation’s military core role and function to defend its citizens changes to
suppressing its citizens, the military loses it national credibility and honors bestowed upon it
by its citizens. Then, the military of a nation-state become a mercenary institution whose
loyalty and service is for sale to the highest bidder. The generals of the military become co-
dictators and become known as juntas which are basically military dictators. Any form of
token civil governments under a junta is a just a rubber stamp and mouthpiece of the
authoritarian oligarchies, tyrants or dictators. The nation-state categorically becomes a
military state. All other legitimate powers within the nation-state become pawns and tools
of the mercenary institution and juntas.
When a nation-state loses it political stewardship and becomes a military state, it
raises certain question that needs to be answered by its citizens, its law enforcement units
and its military rank and file and neighboring governments of democratic countries.
Question 1- Should the citizens demand the return to political democracy which was taken
away by force? If the citizens do not continue to show their disapproval to the forceful
usurp of civil power, it would indicate that they consent. The numerical statistics of how
many disapproves usurp of civil power is not important. What is important is that there
should be a continuous demand for the restoration of political stewardship and democracy.
Question 2- Should the law enforcement units and military rank and file defend the citizens
or suppresses, injure or kill them? To answer this question is very simple. Who are the
citizens? Are they not the family members: fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, son and
daughters of the law enforcement units and the military rank and file? Are they not the
relatives and friends of the law enforcement units and the military rank and file? How much
is enough as payment to suppress injure or kill your own families, relatives and friends? And
when it is done, can you go back to your families. When law enforcement units and the
military rank and file injure or kill to defend their nation, they are defending their families.
But when law enforcement units and the military rank and file injure or kill their own people
as mercenaries, they allow themselves to become enemies to their own people. To allow an
enemy to kill their families and to kill their own families, relatives and friends is the same.
How can you become an enemy to you own kindred? Even animals know how to protect
their families? What should you do as a human being? Then, you will know what to do as a
Question 3 - Should the neighboring governments of democratic countries continue to show
their solidarity to the new political dictatorship? It is said that we can learn from our
neighbors’. If this is true, if neighboring governments of democratic countries show
solidarity to a new political dictatorship – they in point are telling their own citizens that one
day they would like to do the same. All the other right reasons given to justify the solidarity
by a democratic government for dictatorship would be just pretexts. But if neighboring
governments of democratic countries show their disapproval - they in point are telling their
own citizens that they intend to practice political stewardship and remain as defenders of
their people and country.
Why do democracies become dictatorships?
If democracies become dictatorships, it is not because all citizens desire to become
political slaves. It is rather the greed of a few to rule dictatorially and to swallow the public
resources of a nation that manipulates, usurps and forces itself upon the majority of
citizens. These few are willing to become enemies to their own people and country.
Is there hope for democracy?
The answer is, as long as there is one brave person who is willing to stand-up to
defend his/her family, relatives, friends and country – democracy will live.
The karma of life is very simple. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.
Thus, authoritarian oligarchies, tyrants and dictators who live and rule by the sword can
expect the sword to come back looking for them by the very ones whom they hire to do
their deeds. As there is no honor among thieves, so there is no honor among mercenaries.