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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Support and Defend
I have been thinking a great deal about
the various oaths that people take when they assume a position in our
government; whether elected, appointed or when joining the military or law
enforcement. It makes me wonder sometimes if folks listen to the words and
understand the words they are swearing to.I know that each time I spoke those words from my initial enlistment and
re-enlistments right down to the last time I re-enlisted for the “indefinite
status” (no end date of enlistment), those words were heavy to me. I could feel
the weight and the power of the Oath of Enlistment. I wonder about our
politicians who recite their oath of office and how so often the way they vote
and the policies they pursue come in direct conflict, at least to me, with
their sworn oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies,
foreign and domestic. The words of the oath I swore to were heavy and held
meaning. They were powerful words and I believed in them with everything in me.
Recently, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne said that we could disarm
the American citizens within one generation. Really? What oath of office did he
take? Was it to “support and defend parts
of the Constitution”? All across the Nation we are seeing Sheriff’s take a
stand against the un-Constitutional gun laws being considered (and passed into
law in New York). Those Sheriff’s understand their oath of office. They
understand the weight and power of those words and they believe in the words
they are speaking and the responsibilities those words carry when taking their
oath of office. I salute them and encourage others in positions of authority to
do likewise; to remember their oath and make a commitment each day to live up
to the responsibilities of the oath they took. There are a great many oaths out
there depending on the office/position, but they all come back to supporting
and defending the Constitution as their basis. We, as citizens, need to start
holding people accountable when they violate their oath.
I’ve also been thinking about the
citizens of our great Nation that do not have an oath to swear to “uphold and
defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. I’ve had
conversations with friends about this and they will invariably say that they
would proudly swear to the oath to support and defend the Constitution against
all enemies, foreign and domestic if they had the chance. Why shouldn’t
citizens have an oath? Citizenship has its responsibilities. Males (and
probably soon females) have to register for the Selective Service Program when
they reach 18 years old, should they need to be called up for a draft. What if,
at the same time they register, they also take an oath of citizenship to
support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic?
While looking over the various oaths of office out there, I looked at the oath
the Congress takes when they are elected/re-elected. I copied it and made one
small change by taking out the part of their office and replaced it with “citizenship”.
It was posted on our Monty On Guns Facebook page and it seemed to resonate with
folks there. Nothing says citizens can’t voluntarily take an oath. In fact,
someone voluntarily taking an oath to support and defend the Constitution against
all enemies, foreign and domestic would carry more weight with me than some
politician mumbling through the words on each of their numerous re-elections.
The citizens who voluntarily take an oath; who accept the weight and power of
those words, who accept the responsibilities that come with it, are the kind of
citizens that built this Nation. They are the kinds that step up when trouble
arises. They are the kinds of citizens that go about fixing things. They vote
and often vote early. They sit on our juries, pay their taxes and they perform
the duties of citizenship gladly. In case you missed it on our Facebook page,
here is the oath that was posted there.
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm)
that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against
all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance
to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation
or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties
of citizenship. So help me God."