Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Senator Cruz, Give The Oath Of Office Some Teeth

Senator Cruz, you are well steeped in the Constitution. Here’s a simple thing you could do to set in motion something to help shift the federal government back toward Constitutional integrity.
The very first action of a newly-minted Congressperson or Senator is to take an oath of office. The oath goes as follows:
I, AB, 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 the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Executive branch officials, down to career civil servants, take this oath, too. That of the president, set forth in the Constitution itself, differs slightly.
But is it really an oath?
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines an oath as “a solemn promise, often invoking a divine witness, regarding one’s future action or behavior.” If the oath of office is indeed an oath it’s a solemn promise. If it’s not that, then let’s be honest and call it something else. Like a “ceremonious statement.”
Here’s one way this oath could be made to matter. --->
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