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Sacred Honor: Our Oath to Support and Defend

By Mark Alexander · Nov. 14, 2008

In 1776, an extraordinary group of men signed a document that affirmed their God-given right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as “endowed by their Creator.” By attaching their signatures to our great Declaration of Independence, they, in effect, were signing their death warrants in defense of Essential Liberty.

Indeed, the last line of our Declaration reads, “For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

Many of these men, and many of their countrymen, the first generation of American Patriot, would die fighting for American liberty.

A decade later, their liberty having been won at great cost, our Founders further codified their independence and interdependence by instituting yet another historic document, our Constitution.

Our Constitution, as written and ratified, stipulates in its preface that it is “ordained and established” by the people to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” To that end, it established a Republic, not a popular democracy, which is to say it affirmed the primacy of Rule of Law over rule of men.

Accordingly, the first order of business for those elected to national office is that they be bound by oath to “preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution under which they were duly elected.

For those elected to the presidency, Article II, Section 1, which specifies: Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: “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.”

Likewise Article VI, clause three specifies: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution…

Commissioned and enlisted military personnel are also required by statute to “solemnly swear, 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…”, though the officer’s oath doesn’t include any provision that they obey orders.

Against all enemies, foreign and domestic…

Notably, all these oaths mandate the preservation, protection, support and defense of our Constitution as ratified, not the so-called “living constitution” as amended by judicial activists populating what Thomas Jefferson predicted would become “the despotic branch.”

While uniformed Americans serving our nation defend our Constitution with their lives, most elected officials debase it with all manner of extra-constitutional empowerment of the central government, not the least of which is the forced redistribution of income to benefit their constituency groups which, in turn, dutifully re-elect them.

Military service personnel who violate the Constitution are remanded for courts-martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, while politicians who violate the Constitution are remanded for – re-election.

On that note, “Barack Hussein Obama” and his Leftist NeoCom cadres have made a greater mockery of our Constitution than any administration in history. Clearly, Obama and his ilk have no history of honoring, or intention to honor their oaths and, in fact, have no context for such honor. The are intent on “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Some liberals who believe themselves to be “patriots” have asked, “Can’t I be a bona fide Patriot and support Barack Obama?”

In a word … NO, unless in a state of solemn repentance.

In the spirit of charity, perhaps Obama supporters, who self-identify as patriots, are just grossly misinformed about our Constitution, our history and their own civic duty. Of course, they would likewise be grossly deluded about their identity, but perhaps the delusion is temporary.

I would suggest that Obama “patriots” are nothing more than “sunshine patriots,” as Thomas Paine wrote, who “will in crisis, shrink from the service of his country.”

At its core, the word “patriot” has direct lineage to those who fought for American independence and established our constitutional republic. That lineage has descended most directly through our history with those who have been entrusted “to support and defend” our Constitution – more specifically, those who have been faithful to, and have abided by, that oath. As previously noted, by “our Constitution,” I am referring to the United States Constitution, not the adulterated vestigial remains that liberals call “the living constitution.”

I have taken oaths nine times in the service of my community, my state and my country. But I did not have to take an oath to understand my obligations as a citizen “to support and defend” our Constitution.

So, does the title of “Patriot” apply to an individual who votes for a man who has not honored his public oaths of office previously, and has given no indication he intends to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same” as president – a man who subscribes to the errant notion of a “living constitution” which, in his own words, “breaks free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution”?

No authentic Patriot would support those who violate their sacred oaths.

Unfortunately, in this most recent election, we saw even a handful of flag-rank military officers who have no more reverence for their oaths than Obama. However, they are the exception, not the rule.

Obama’s mantra, “change,” is a euphemism for constitutional abrogation – an incremental encroachment on liberty until, at last, liberty is lost.

Our nation’s second president, John Adams, warned, “A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

As for Obama’s deception about his own patriotic pedigree, I commend the words of our nation’s first president, George Washington: “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. …[W]here is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths…?”

Regarding the Presidential Oath of Office, Justice Joseph Story wrote: “[T]he duty imposed upon him to take care, that the laws be faithfully executed, follows out the strong injunctions of his oath of office, that he will ‘preserve, protect, and defend the constitution.’ The great object of the executive department is to accomplish this purpose.” He wrote further that if the president does not honor his oath, his office “will be utterly worthless for … the protection of rights; for the happiness, or good order, or safety of the people.”

Of course, Barack Obama proposes to further constrain the rights of the people by advancing centralized government control by way of economic regulation and forced income redistribution, all in the name of “happiness, good order, and safety of the people,” but in direct violation of his oath.

Some have suggested that since the election is over and Obama is the victor, we should accord him the honor due his office. But if he does not honor his constitutional oath, why would anyone extend him the honor of its highest constitutional office? Indeed, anyone having take that oath would be in direct violation of its mandate to “support and defend THE Constitution” should they support extra-Constitutional orders from superiors who do not honor their sacred oath.

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Gregg Weber said:

I hope this never happens but there is a questiion that should be answered especially for one in the military. I have yet to get a good answer.Where is the line separating fighting for the Constitution and the people against an insurrection on one side, and on the other side between fighting for the Constitution and the people against a tyrant acting under color of law?

Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 3:44 PM

CHRIS COLEMAN said:

I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, as it was originally written and intended by the founding fathers of this country, one nation, under God,with liberty and justice for all legal citizensI further pledge to defend, and uphold The Constituion against ALL enemies, foriegn or domestic, with my life, so help me God.12 November, 2009James C.Coleman

Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Ellen Yates said:

Chris, I really like the substitution of the word 'flag' with the word 'Constitution'. Is that your idea. It is a 'new pledge' that says it all for me! Would it be okay for me to use that phrase?

Friday, November 13, 2009 at 10:24 PM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia said:

I pledge allegiance to THE CONSTITUTION of the United States of America, as originally written and ratified by our nation's founding fathers, and as legally amended by the citizens. I solemnly swear that I will support and defend THE CONSTITUTION from all enemies, both foreign and especially domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and that I will endeavor to hold accountable those who would subvert or distort its meaning. To this end I devote my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor, that the United States of America will forever remain one nation under God, a free people.

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Walt G said:

I would hope that this organization could supply answers to your question, Gregg. They give me hope that the military will never cave in to the demands and illegal orders of a traitorous administration.http://oathkeepers.org/oath/

Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Tom Lowe said:

I guess I am "running late", but so glad I founf and read James C. Coleman's Comments ( 'Pledge to the Constitution')posted 11/12/2009 !! The "pledge" he shared was NOT aimed at being substituted for "The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag"....but an extention of our committment to our Country. Thank you so much, Mr. Coleman. After being elected as a member of our local County Commission in Sept. 2002, I took "The Oath". I served until 2006...but I am STILL bound by that oath and will die under that Oath

Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Cecil Smith said:

Gregg, I don't mean this to sound simplistic but as a 22-year retired veteran, I would say that the line IS the Constitution. If you're "fighting for the Constitution" as you said in both of your examples, then your choice will be obvious because only one side will be doing the same. It's a great question because I believe that in this day and age, more than any other in our history, it is vital that every military person have this issue settled in his or her mind. I take it that you're in the military. Good for you for asking yourself the question now rather than later.

Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM

James Kaufman said:

I believe that you don't have to be in the military to swear oath to uphold, preserve and defend the constitution and hold accountable those who would serve to violate or subvert it's meaning. We must all pledged oath and stand ready to defend "The Constitution" with our property, our very lives and sacred honor as our founding fathers once did. With GOD's "Grace" and "Benevolent Hand" we just might survive this "progressive" onslaught.

Friday, February 19, 2010 at 10:02 AM

harold frasier said:

I once was a republican, now I am a Constitutionalist. If they don't go by the law of the land, the vote them out.We can't get them in one elections but our persistance can get them in multiple elections.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Dale Single in Hope,AZ replied:

I believe in your sentament 100 per/cent, the only problem is the american public does not realy vote in the fed public officials, the media tells us who is elected, and they are owned by the same corporations controling Gov. policy. How do you know if the official you voted for actualy won or lost?

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM

GordAuch in Hampton Roads replied:

How do you know? Faith. It was Lenin, echoed by Stalin who said it matters little who votes; it matters who counts the votes. When faith erodes it is difficult to restore.

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM

FMDC in Belleville/IL replied:

I agree with the throwing (voting them out) these people out of office, but remember the last two general elections: Conservatives and independents (now also Constitutionalists) did not vote for the Republican candidates because they didn't like what the Party nominated. This resulted in a win for the Democrats. We can't do that anymore. We must vote AGAINST democrats at all costs. Vote for the Republican TEA Party candidate. We must regain the Power of office. Numbers count and democrats have forfeited all rights to lead this Country. Then, we can start voting the RINOS and progressive Republicans out of office, by getting constitutional/conservative candidates tgo replace them. Until we restore the US Laws to what they were, we can't do anything. VOTE TEA PARTY, VOTE REPUBLICAN, VOTE FOR ANYONE EXCEPT DEMOCRATS!

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Gary Duckworth said:

It is really a shame that one person wants to have HIS own constitution in effect and ruin our country. Our constitution was written by rightous men who fought for our freedoms. This person in office who has not followed his oath and wants to banish our freedoms needs to be repudiated and voted out of office period! Little by little the government is taking our freedoms away and most of the public does not even know it or really care. So SAD!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:48 PM

GordAuch in Hampton Roads replied:

"voted out of office"

It is too late for that. He must be impeached out of office.

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Robert E. in TN replied:

He will not be impeached as long as Harry (the traitor) Reid is leading the Senate... Republicans MUST have control of the House and Senate BOTH before any impechment could successfully happen.... I also believe this entire adminstration should be charged with treason and sentenced to prison accordingly.. That includes Pelosi, Reid and many, many more..... But, as we know Congress never has the stomach for such things !!! Their all afraid they may be next !!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

KL Olsen said:

I firmly believe that our Constitution is a divinely inspired document and that America "is the last best hope for freedom loving people on earth". God preserved this nation for freedom loving people and for his purposes. Americans are blessed to be citizens and with that comes a responsibility to preserve the Constitution. We owe a great debt to those who have gone before who have given their "lives and fortunes" in defense of that Constitution. God help us if we don't wake-up and fight for our freedom.

Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Thom said:

Obama and his minions are in the midst of a bloodless coups de'tat. We are kidding ourselves if we think otherwise. Naturally, subterfuge and deceipt are the primary tools of such a takeover and change of our beloved country. After they create a "good enough crisis," I would not doubt they will tell us we need to replace the Constitution - and that it would be the patriotic and modern thing to do. At what point do we ALL proclaim the Leftists are not only violating their sacred oaths of office to "protect and defend the Constitution," but that they have become enemies of the State? (Hint: the time is NOW).

Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 12:16 PM

RalphPierre said:

At the moment, we are at war. Both literally, and philosophically. The war overseas is easy to see, and the war at home is also just as obvious. What is not as obvious is that while the Republicans try to wage war by somewhat following the rules, the Democrats will ignore all rules when it gets down to the point of desperation. Why is not any attention paid as to how destructive this bill really is? Why does the press still ignore the destruction of our future, the shredding of our Constitution, the loss of our Liberty, and the socialist agenda of this administration? Why does the press not realize that once the tyrants completely take over our government, they will then also take over the press?During the Cold War, a communist in the White House would have been front page news in every newspaper in the free world. We’ve come a long way from the Founding. There has been a lot of talk of late of an armed overthrow of our current administration…this is a direct result of the actions of the present administration, therefore if there is any blame for violence, it rests squarely in the present administration. Please do not get me wrong, I do not condone violence of any kind, but our Constitution plainly states that it MY RESPONSIBILITY to overthrow tyranny. I am not saying that this overthrow is imminent, but if you listen closely, you can hear the chambering of the rounds…you can hear the chambering of the rounds….RalphPierreLacombe, LouisianaLet Freedom Reign

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 11:17 AM

KZ said:

The founders of this republic pledged their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor." These were duties of the ultimate order, with signatures affixed prominently to the Declaration of Independence to secure the rights to private property, due process, and freedom of speech. The signers of the Declaration knew that the stakes were enormous and the outcome doubtful. Those pledging announced that the rights to be secured and defended were neither trivial nor non-negotiable. Shared and significant duties came first and were willingly underwritten because the commensurate rights were fundamental and worth securing and defending.So when the duty-bound run out of money, what happens to ObamaCare? Will the duty-bound gradually fail to show up and, like David Farr of Emerson Electric, pull up stakes and go elsewhere? Or will they simply refuse to part with the remainder of their dwindling savings, investments, and capital needed to finance the bottomless pit of entitlements?For decades, liberals have insisted that democracy cannot be imposed on reluctant inhabitants of developing countries through the barrel of an M-16. Yet they are quite willing to destroy rights and impose duties through the enforcement powers of the IRS on a nation of reluctant American citizens.... It's easy for beneficiaries of ObamaCare to pledge someone else's "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" as the guarantor.

Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Dale Single in Hope,AZ replied:

The IRS is a private company who gives our country very little money, and leagaly have no right to enforce it's rules on the public.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Kurt Rauer said:

It's a shame the president is on a ego trip, and to make it worse so many have signed into it. I don't know how they expect these programs will work, when only so few are paying the way. Government has to be made accountable.. "NOW" I wonder where these people expect to live in this country. But I really don't want them in my back yard if we go thru hardtimes.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 4:26 PM