Thoughts on the Oath of Office

Posted By on June 13, 2013

When I launched this site I did so with a dedicated commitment to the Oath of Office I have been required to take a number of times in my life; first upon enlisting in the US Navy (and a couple of times more there), then when I became an employee of the Department of Defense working at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. You can read more about my thoughts on the About page of this site.

Recently a friend from my Navy days posted his thoughts on the Oath on facebook. Rocko (not his real name as he has requested anonymity) and I first met while at Tech School and became great friends. While I only served six years, Rocko went on to serve over 28 years. His was an illustrious career rising through the enlisted ranks, then becoming an officer. In his post Rocko echoes my sentiments perfectly.

Rocko in honor of your service, our friendship and our shared love of the Constitution I share your thoughts:

“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 the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Read this Oath and read it again. Then say it out loud! Contemplate it to try to understand it!

The very first line is no longer taken seriously (“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States”)… and many mouth the words that never make it to their heads for cognitive recognition and understanding. To enact laws that violate the Bill Of Rights and to operate a secretive intelligence operation that blatantly violates the Bill Of Rights is contrary to the Oath!

I would rather that they not take the Oath, than to break it and explain it away as giving up Liberty for Security! (Which, by the way, does not make it Okay.) By accepting this reasoning, The Lap-Dog-Media and Low-Information-Voters deserve neither. Unfortunately, soon we will all get neither!

I end with the last part… “and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.” Faithfully discharging the duties of your office (including the lowest member of the Armed Forces, which have the words “Obey the orders of the Officers appointed over me” (If those Officers are faithful to the office and the Constitution) [This] cannot be performed if you fail to understand and fulfill the first line!

Thank you, again, Rocko. I will honor our friendship for years to come.

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