Alexander's Column

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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Raymond Spencer USA Ret. said:

As a US. Army retried NCO I took the oath many times, as did my son. I will defend the Constitution with my life, I know the meaning of an "OATH" and what our Constitution means to all Americans. The first ten Amendments are the corner stones of the Constitution and given by God and cannot be taken by any goverment or man. This is what my son give his life for in Iraq (June 21, 2007) as did many more men and women over the years. And as I will defend with mine.A old warrior, and Gold star father....

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:48 AM

johnny said:


Monday, October 11, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Big Ugly - Wyoming said:

The answer is really quite simple.Barack Hussein Obama has NEVER taken the "Oath of Office".The 'first attempt', in public, was "flubbed" by both he, and the "judge".The 'second attempt', in private, was 'taken' without the Bible from the day before, because it "could not be found". How could it not be found - it stays in the White House, it was 'used' the day before? Obama IS a Constitutional Scholar. Thus, he knows how to circumvent the founding documents all-the-while making it appear that he is within the bounds set forth by those founding documents.He knows he cannot be impeached - he is NOT "President".He knows he cannot be tried for Treason - he is NOT a citizen of The United States, nor is he a Citizen of any one of These united States, Several and Sovereign.Further, he was adopted by one Lolo Soetoro, thus making him the legal, natural born child of Lolo Soetoro - Indonesian citizen, and thus, an Indonesian citizen himself.At adoption, Barack Hussein Obama ceased to exist and was replaced, legally and lawfully, by Barry Soetoro. You can't find Obama's real Birth Certificate? IT WAS CHANGED AT ADOPTION. Look for a Birth Certificate in the name of Barry Soetoro.We do not currently have a legitimate government in this country - it has been usurped by fraud, deceit, and acts of Piracy, overt and covert.Our Founding Fathers would have dragged him out by his heels long ago - by our inaction we have proven that we are not deserving of the country our Founding Fathers gave their all to produce for us in this future generation - SHAME ON US ALL.

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto said:

"In 1776, an extraordinary group of men signed a document that affirmed their God-given right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."Actually they affirmed their belief in much more. "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" are rights *among those* which are endowed in man by his Creator."...among them being life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."It was for this reason many argued against a Bill of Rights lest anyone consider the rights of man can be compiled in an exhaustive list.

Friday, July 1, 2011 at 11:38 PM

gary sheldon said:

I have been saying that we have domestic enemies in the "hate whitey house" and the Congress for 3 years now. One man going to the office of his non-representing senator or representative and telling him to GET OUT would get one arrested but a strong group of patriots would likely be arrested as well.Don't even have the patriotic passion to challenge such "people" to a duel as some did originally. These bastareds are to civilized for that. They only kill a nation one stupid politically advantageous 2300 page bill at a time and permit a dictator to methodically ruin the greatest nation God has yet ordained.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Robert Arthur Swisher said:

I took the Oath when I was drafted into the U.S.Army 14 Apr.70 .I served my country faithfully and returned a disabled Veteran. I still hold to that oath to the day I die to defend my country against ALL enemies Foreign & Domestic and the domestic enemy now is President Barrack H.Obama .Congress is unwilling to Impeach Him knowing that the Senate wont get 2/3 vote to Impeach him .So what do we the people do ? This is my question to all of you who have placed your opinions here ,what do we do about getting Obama out of office now?

Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Al Lovitz said:

I pledge to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.This oath is a reaffirmation as I gave it upon entering the military in 1969.

Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM

TruePatriot said:

It is time we stop being so nice and tell them to stop! We must take action and not just talk...I am not advocating violence...I mean stand up and contact, go to WA en-mass if nececcary and demand we are heard!! Legally put forth documents of treason, removal and impeachment according to the Declaration of Independence that states when the people feel that their government is harmful, treasonous etc. that they all can be removed... Waiting to only voting times is not good because they can be rigged etc.....folks it is TIME FOR THE SHIELD TO COME DOWN AND THE GLOVES GO ON AND WE TAKE DIRECT AND SWIFT ACTION TO STOP SOCIALISM, ISLAMISM AND THE EVIL THAT HAS TAKEN OUR NATION!!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM

alan reed said:

Get it the way it is supposed to be.

Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Mary Fabian said:

Where do I sign up for this pledge/lawsuit? I had switched from Republican to Constitution Party about 10 years ago for just this reason that the Constitution was not being followed any longer by either of the 2 major parties.

Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Bruce Decknadel said:

As a proud veteran and the son of another proud veteran who was on the Presidential Color Guard of the POTUS who both understand what the Constitution means to not only our country, but us as a people, I am supporting the efforts prevent it from being usurped and ignored by politicians and other miscreants!

Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:18 PM

John A. Morton said:

When the Signers of the Declaration of Independence made their Pledge, they pledged two things they were willing to sacrifice, their lives and their fortunes. The third, if a person truly possesses it can never be lost, Sacred Honor.Unfortunately their have been too many in positions of power who have no concept of Sacred Honor and are concerned only with their lives and fortunes. I have sworn an Oath of Enlistment several times and on no occasion was there an expiration date mentioned."For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.""I 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 so help me God"

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Jill Jarvis said:

As a proud Active Duty member of the USCG for over 20 years. I have pledged my life to uphold 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 so help me God. This oath is an reaffirmation I gave upon entering the military in 1981.Where do I sign up for this pledge/lawsuit? R/Jill Jarvis

Friday, September 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM

The Beev 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.I will never accept, as has been stated by our current President, that the Constitution is a living document. He is attempting to permanently change our way of life and our freedoms. I have come to the conclusion that no President and supposed student of the constitution can be this stupid so it is completely intentional and probably financially backed by others who want to destroy us. Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing.

Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Larry Rembleski said:

I support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic, danger religions;that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same so help me God. I read the book about Patrick Henry,1736-1799, American stateman, governor of Virginia, and orator, said "Give liberty or give me death." It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ(The Bible,)....."this is a book worth more that all the others that were ever printed." and also, I read the President Abraham Lincoln's word said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 10:38 PM