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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robert said:

TO TRUE PATRIOT YOU ARE 100% RIGHT.O.K. ITS TIME WERE DO WE MEET, AND WHEN.ITS TIME. WHEN IN THE COARSE OF HUMAN EVENT.ASK YOURSELF WHEN IS THE LAST TIME ANY POLITICIAN HAS DONE ANYTHING FOR WE THE PEOPLE.ANSWER if they aren,t going to do anything for us including the doj/doh/u.n. then what do we need them for.all of them.we the people its time to clean all the useless politicians out.god bless all american veterans past present future.and all legal americans

Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Julian said:

Shortly after becoming Chancellor, Adolph Hitler had the German Army's officer corps swear a new oath, one that included personal fealty to the Fuhrer and Adolph Hitler, personally. This oath and the honor of the mostly Prussian officers kept them from recognizing the evil of Hitler and from taking action against him and his criminal regime until Colonel von Stauffenberg led the 20th of July 1944 assassination attempt. By then it was too late and the world suffered. I wonder if an American officer corps could or would take arms against a president who subverted the constitution. Just thinking aloud.

Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Helen Frye said:

I have pledged the flag since i was a child and will continue to do so under God. i will stand up for God and America with my life.The president is not for this country and should no longer be President He is against everything America stands for. He is trying to take away all our freedom.I refuse to bow down to him and what he stands for. Take back America and let it once more be one nation under God as it alwas has been.

Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Helen frye said:

i would Love to see america back the way it is supposed to be. one nation Under God. with liberty justice and freedom for all. I Pray fo this every day.

Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 6:18 PM


"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"The Constitution is an extension of the Declaration of Independence. It intends to lay out the means of achieving the ends sited in the Declaration. Pledging only to support the Constitution is inadequate. Individual LIBERTY is the ONLY goal.The problem with the Constitution is that it requires another Amendment: The failure is that there is no penalty in Congress, POTUS, or SCOTUS for violating their oath, or Constitutional articles and duties and their restrictions. I propose this Amendment lay out severe penalties for violation of the Constitution and its' principles for ALL government agencies, departments, particularly including the big three: Congress, POTUS, and especially the SCOTUS. Also included in this Amendment will be term limits for EVERYONE including bureaucrats responsible for enforcing regulations and laws. NO MORE LIFETIME GOVERNMENT functionaries. These entrenched reptiles are responsible for the rapidly deteriorating situation we are presently in. The problem I see is that, even though the Constitution preserves the right "to petition the government for redress of grievances", it gives us no means to do so; we are solely reliant on those very scoundrels that have pushed us to this point.I offer this as an idea that needs consideration and a plan of action. Let's get started, and hopefully, we won't need our guns to start over.

Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

J Waites in Irmo, SC said:

Until it is explained how Obama went to school in Indonesia as an Indosian citizen, how he went to college in the US under a Fullbright "FOREIGN" student scholarship, how he went to Pakistan as a college student (what country's passport did he use), and where all the money came from when he finished college (over a million dollars): I will not call him president because he is not native born/natural born as outlined in our Constitution.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Mutantone in Dania Fl said:

for get the new versions of it, first eradicate those trying to ignore the Constitution. those that are trying to make the USA much less than what it is, A Republic of the people and by the people! which means that the Military oath has no meaning until they act upon it. We need a military take over that will re-establish the Constitution as the law of the land, no outside foreign interruptions of law but only what the Constitution states. Suspend the congress and the president until the next election when the whole procedure is overseen by the military. This means background checks at a military level. Control and oversee all ballots and the counts of ballots under the controls of documents judged secret in nature.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Buck Henry in Jacksonville, Florida said:

John Adams' famous, and chilling, warning - "a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever:" Let us hope in this: that our America has not passed such a "tipping point." We have lost so much and so much so recently. May God grant us wisdom and strength to restore what was ours to guard and pass on to coming generations.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM

ChuckL in NV said:

Sorry, but after deleting the comments on Obama there is nothing left.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Mustang in Georgia said:

For some reason, a quote from George Orwell keeps popping up in my mind. "Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Gary Scallorn in Hermitage, Tennessee said:

I'm 69,right before the Baby-Boomer's. I wasn't in the Service,(not by choice).
But I HONOR our Constitution as if I had been!!! I understand after reading this,why obama won't stand before our FLAG, or Honor it any other way.Has
anybody thought it possible he could be the anti-christ ??? Folk's please
wake up & see what this Muslin is doing to our Country!!!!! Please show
us that you do care!!! Come to think of it?, Only the Good-Folk's are going
to read all the Comment's. Not the obama supporter's!!!!! GOD HELP US.

Friday, October 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM

ssgtgood in Shenandoah VA said:

God have mercy on us all!
Semper Fidelis

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Michael Hammer in Wading River NY said:

Please be smart when voting...sponsered by Big Bird and the letter O and the number 16 trillion !!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Joe Sanchez in littleton, Colorado said:

An individual hell bent on an ideology to commit treason against an established form of government whose christian roots are deep rooted as part of the land and in the souls of the people,is better removed from the land.
In the case of Barry Sotoroe an illegal alien Aka;Barrack Hussein obama he must first be exposed for who he really is,and also for who he is not,or the people will be constantly and with prejudice be deceived not for there benefit but for the sake of the fraud usurper who was bought and paid for,and placed to destroy what God had anointed and blessed before men.

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Tenk in Cuba, Mo said:

I hear people say that the Constitution should be changed. It was written over 200 years ago and many things have changed since then. It is time for changes to the Constitution. I ask: the Bible was written thousands of years ago and it has not changed, so why do we need to change the Constitution? Common sense, morals, fairness and rights don't change; they are the same today as yesterday.

Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

R.E. lowers in Topela replied:

UNTIL civics class is again taught we get what we bought??
The word democracy is not in any of our founding documents as our form of government. We are supposed to be a republic guided by a constitution?...that our 'representatives ' and public servants pledge an OATH,To protect,and defend??Not each other or a party.TY,,

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM