Crazy Constitutionalists… and the Oath of Office

“Are you some kind of constitutionalists {pause},  crazy guy… or something like that?”

Oath of Office

From the residents comments there obvious is a history of this man with local law enforcement, he calls the department corrupt. But for the officer to intimate that because he knows and supports the US Constitution that he has mental issues. And I’m not even going to touch on the fact that he drew his weapon without provocation. This is troubling. Since said officer has taken an OATH to at least SUPPORT the US Constitution. The one group of citizens is the US who should be ‘crazy’ about the US Constitution are government employees who ‘swear’ an oath to the US Constitution. I wonder how many government employees who have taken said oath have read it at all, or read it within the last year?

For those who do not know, and this included myself a few years ago, US public officials swear an oath to the US Constitution. The US Constitution is not perfect, but it specifically was written to limit the power of the national government and protect the citizens from said government.

Below is a listing of select oaths taken by various positions and levels of Government in the US. I would encourage all readers to investigate their State’s oath of office and what government employees are required to take it, I looked at about 20 State’s oaths.

I suddenly have a new found respect for the Oath Keepers organization and all members thereof.

And if a LEO ever accuses you of being a ‘crazy constitutionalists’ remind them that they swore an oath to that ‘crazy’ US Constitution.

US Military Personnel

Enlistment Oath

 “I, (state name of enlistee), 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.”

Commissioning Officers Oath

“I, [name], 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.”

Federal Official Oaths

President

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Members of Congress, Vice President, members of the Cabinet, federal judges and all other civil officers and federal employees other than the President.

“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.”

Local/State

I’m a resident of Texas so here is theirs. Elected Officials, Law Enforcement, and levels of Government Employees in Texas take this oath. This is from the Texas Constitution Article 16, Section 1;

Sec. 1.  OFFICIAL OATH.  (a) All elected and appointed officers, before they enter upon the duties of their offices, shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of _____of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.”

(b)  All elected or appointed officers, before taking the Oath or Affirmation of office prescribed by this section and entering upon the duties of office, shall subscribe to the following statement:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered, promised to pay, contributed, or promised to contribute any money or thing of value, or promised any public office or employment for the giving or withholding of a vote at the election at which I was elected or as a reward to secure my appointment or confirmation, whichever the case may be, so help me God.”

(c)  Members of the Legislature, the Secretary of State, and all other elected and appointed state officers shall file the signed statement required by Subsection (b) of this section with the Secretary of State before taking the Oath or Affirmation of office prescribed by Subsection (a) of this section.  All other officers shall retain the signed statement required by Subsection (b) of this section with the official records of the office.

In Texas we preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Interesting that in Texas they swear they did not buy votes or promise positions for votes. Of course it does not mention the official taking bribes…

In Vermont they make no oath to the US Constitution, only the State. In most States the oath is to ‘support’ the Constitution. Here is Alabama’s;

“I, …, solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of
the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Alabama, so long as I continue a
citizen thereof; and that I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of the office upon
which I am about to enter, to the best of my ability. So help me God.”

In California and Arizona they ‘support and defend’, in Florida and Montana they ‘support, protect, and defend’, and in Oklahoma they ‘support, obey, and defend’.

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