Each of us in the military has sworn an oath of service, and though the officer oath of service is slightly different, the tone and the principle is the same. The common thread is the support and defense of the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The enlisted oath reads:
"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; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
We, as members of the military, understand that we are obligated to accomplish our missions in accordance with our lawful orders, and in a manner consistent with our national ethics. We also understand that we are not required to follow illegal or unconstitutional orders that would serve to act contrarily to our Constitutional principles.
It has been my experience that those in the military remember their oath of service, and hold dear their responsibility to defend and support the Constitution. It seems clear however, that our politicians, generally speaking, do not share that same reverence to their oath of office. Members of Congress swear this Oath:
“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.”
A review of the enumerated powers granted to the federal government in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution, reveals that the federal government has FAR exceeded it's Constitutional boundaries, and does so on a daily basis by politicians who ALL have sworn the above oath of office. Some of these politicians ardently defend the First Amendment (a good thing), while incessantly trying to undermine the Second Amendment through laws and regulations. Others clearly swear their oath of office even though they see the Constitution as a flawed document that can be changed through court actions, through laws passed by Congress, or worse, through regulations created by bureaucrats.
Such actions serve to undermine the credibility of their oath to support and defend the Constitution, and also their credibility in the eyes of those in the military who DO take seriously our oath of Service.
How seriously do you take your oath, and do you feel politicians lose credibility when they violate their oaths?
Comment below or start the conversation here and connect within the military community.