LTC Terrence Lakin is a man of principle not preferences. How easy it would have been for Terry to grab his bags when Obama ordered him to deploy to Afghanistan! Terry could have taken the easy way out and made his decisions upon preferences entirely. He could have looked for the easy way out, the road without conflict and like a good little sheep just followed the “norm.”
Instead LTC Lakin lives by principles that he feels are for the good and benefit of all Americans and because Terry loves his Nation. LTC Lakin said, “I will disobey my orders to deploy [to Afghanistan] because I, and I believe all servicemen and women and the American people, deserve the truth about President Obama’s constitutional eligibility to the office of the presidency and the commander in chief.”
We have made our decision about the Terry Lakin story for we have that prerogative, but the question remains – how did we arrive at our decision. Did the news media influence our decision making process? Did we base our decision on the authority of politicians or teachers, preachers, historians and the propaganda from the news media? As it has been said, only your “hair dresser” will know!
A very wise man realized many moons ago that decisions made on hearsay, propaganda or childish traditions would leave us stranded, a ship without a destination, a life without a cause, a transition from birth to death without principles could be the cancer that devours our minds.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. ~Buddha
On January 2nd, 2011 LTC Terrence Lakin resides in a military jail and dismissal from the Army – many will walk on in the New Year without a second thought or a question about the court’s decision.
Terry Lakin was denied his requests for discovery and frankly his side of the story may never be heard, but no greater gift can a man give than his life for others. God Bless you LTC Terrence Lakin. As Always, Little Tboca