There has been a lot said about the breaking of the “oath of office” lately and I have a couple of things I would like to point out. Yes I am deeply angered by the by the lack of duty on the part of our Congress and and our legislators. I am also deeply frustrated by the lack of understanding of what the definition of duty is for our leaders and country alike.
Definition of Oath:
1. solemn promise: a formal or legally binding pledge to do something such as tell the truth in a court of law, made formally and often naming God or a loved one as a witness
took a solemn oath of loyalty
2. words of promise: the words said when making a formal pledge, especially when reciting a conventional formula such as that used in a court of law
First, among the many other oaths like the Hippocratic, Enlisted and Officer or Military oath, there is a civil servant oath also. When I became a civil servant (ie. worked in the admin office of the MN National Guard Family Programs) I went through a series of paperwork and then stood in front of my team members, as a civilian mind you, and was asked to repeat the following similar oath which I did so without reservation.
”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.” http://www.apfn.org/apfn/oathofoffice.htm
Second, there is also the fact that immigrants that come to this country wanting to become citizens of our wavering free society must repeat the following oath in order to gain legal US Citizenship.
The oath of allegiance is:
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”
In some cases, USCIS allows the oath to be taken without the clauses:
“. . .that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by law. . .” http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/services/natz/oath.htm
Nevertheless, nowhere is it asked of ourUSborn citizens to take such an oath, which here in lays my third point, the oath/pledge/promise that we are no longer bound to take.
Definition of Pledge:
1. solemn undertaking: a solemn promise or undertaking
stood by her election pledges
2. something given as security: something delivered as security for the keeping of a promise or the payment of a debt or as a guarantee of good faith
Up until recent history, our children whether US Citizen or not, recited a bit of an oath at the beginning of every school day, The Pledge of Allegiance. For those of you unaware of the history of the pledge – here is some background below. Isn’t it amazing how a politician put the word “god” into the mix? The Pledge has been taken out of our schools and is no longer being held up for the importance that it is. Our freedoms are no longer center stage in our children’s education. Our children and future leaders no longer feel that sense of duty to protect our liberties, to protect their rights, to protect their freedoms.
The original Pledge of Allegiance
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands- one nation indivisible-with liberty and justice for all.”
On September 8, 1892, the Boston based “The Youth’s Companion” magazine published a few words for students to repeat on Columbus Day that year. Written by Francis Bellamy, the circulation manager and native of Rome, New York, and reprinted on thousands of leaflets, was sent out to public schools across the country. On October 12, 1892, the quadri-centennial of Columbus’ arrival, more than 12 million children recited the Pledge of Allegiance, thus beginning a required school-day ritual.
At the first National Flag Conference in Washington D.C., on June 14,1923, a change was made. For clarity, the words “the Flag of the United States” replaced “my flag”. In the following years various other changes were suggested but were never formally adopted.
It was not until 1942 that Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. One year later, in June 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that school children could not be forced to recite it. In fact,today only half of our fifty states have laws that encourage the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom!
In June of 1954 an amendment was made to add the words “under God”. Then President Dwight D. Eisenhower said “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.” http://www.usflag.org/history/pledgeofallegiance.html
Finally, where does that leave us besides cursing Congress and the President for breaking their Oath of Office? We as Americans have broken our oath/pledge by not teaching our children about the “rights of America”. Instead of compromising on our children’s behalf and just bring our Pledge of Allegiance back to its original verbiage we have bickered over religious idiocies.
Civil servants have an obligation to protect our Constitution and to report and accuse those that do not defend the Constitution regardless of their party status.
Our Pledge of Allegiance was an alliance between the American people and the Offices of theUnited States and that security is now gone.
What do we do now?