Libertarian: Admiral, Local Volunteer
Admiral Colley is a Libertarian interested in less government and constitutional compliance issues, and has served in several Libertarian-interest organizations. He’s been in retirement key in private and volunteer projects to turn submarines and other materials into museums without taxpayer expense. He says:
…graduated with distinction from the U. S. Naval Academy; sea duty assignments on several nuclear powered submarines and was Commanding Officer of the attack submarine NARWHAL. Other operational assignments included command of the submarine tender PROTEUS in Guam and the Navy’s largest submarine squadron in Groton, Connecticut.
During the Gulf War, commander of the Pacific Fleet submarine force of over 40 boats from his headquarters at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Later, he was the first Deputy Commander in Chief of the Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, conducting the day-to-day operations of the worldwide nuclear capable force of bombers, land based missiles and strategic submarines. His assignments ashore included Commander, Navy Recruiting Command for three years where directed the efforts of 5000 recruiters bringing to the Navy some 270,000 high quality recruits… also Director, Division of Mathematics and Science (including the departments of math, physics, chemistry, oceanography and computer science) at the Naval Academy for three academic years.
Since leaving the Navy, active in the national security policy and analysis field… conducted extensive study of military power projection, the future of warfare, operations other than war, US infrastructure protection and homeland security, international nuclear material smuggling and the identification and characterization of worldwide underground facilities.
Why I am a Libertarian
Having served 34 years in our great Navy, I understand the need for a strong national defense. I saw that need in action many times. We should be very proud of our armed forces, the best trained and equipped in the world, and we should support their efforts in defending our freedom. That said, those forces should only be used to defend our society from external coercion and substantive threat. They should not be used to sally forth in an effort to change or influence the actions of other sovereign states unless our own national security is clearly at stake.
As a career submarine officer, my operational experience was frequently characterized by stealth, power and independence from routine guidance and instruction. We were told the objectives of a mission and then we were expected to use our professional skills, training and imagination to execute that mission. This type of operation very much appealed to my sense of individual purpose and accomplishment. All citizens of this great democratic republic should be mindful of exactly what individual contributions are required for maintaining our freedom and for nurturing personal growth.
Establishing and enforcing the rule of law is a legitimate and proper function of the government. Ensuring the sanctity of contracts, recognizing the rights of property owners and allowing all of us to pursue our personal objectives unimpeded by governmental barriers to success will produce the atmosphere of liberty so vital to our happiness and security. I have visited countries around the world where the rule of law is not part of everyday society and the citizens are perforce suppressed and frustrated. We must ensure that this legal and moral framework has integrity and depth in our country.
All of the above comments, taken as a whole, convince me that government should be of limited scope. The Constitution is written in such a way as to define government very narrowly. We should simply allow the wisdom of the Founding Fathers to guide us – always.