‘Swear Words’

Posted on April 26, 2012

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A friend of mine and myself were discussing the breakdown in trust between the ‘we the people’ and our government. Economic markets track an indicator called the ‘Consumer Confidence Index’. Pollsters conduct a similar one for citizens called ‘Right Track / Wrong Track’. I think a better indicator, one that I have referenced in other posts, is the FBI statistics of application for firearms purchases, which have been tracking upward at a startling rate – especially since the ‘usurper’ commenced illegally occupying the Oval Office.

  
Just what is at the bottom of this infectious lack of faith and really downright suspicion of the motivations and behavior of government at all levels? It is because the corruption is so rampant that it suggests that we are beginning to look like the very countries we used to point to as examples of repugnant and fraudulent activities. Solyndra, Fast and Furious, embedded monopolies in legislation (Obamacare), entire cities run like mafia franchises (Bell, CA), taxpayer sponsored bailouts for the businesses of campaign contributors, (Goldman Sachs, Countrywide, Bank of America, AIG, et.al), the GSA partying in Vegas, the Secret Service partying in Columbia – are just the short list.

So how did we get here? Well, my friend, Jim Eblen, who wrote the book, ‘In Defense of the Constitution (An Analysis)’, provided me with at least one trail to follow for an answer – Oaths.

An Oath, as you might suspect, is a term which may be defined as an asseveration (store that away for future use), or promise made under ‘non-human’ penalty or sanction. It derives from the Old English or Anglo-Saxon, ‘ath’ – a solemn appeal to deity in witness of truth or a promise. In Old Teutonic, an oath was sworn – as it is now, but the practice goes back much farther. In ancient Assam, part of modern India, the oathtaker would stand inside a circle of rope, implying that if he broke the vow, he will rot as the rope eventually would.

Eusebius of Caesaria , a Church historian from the 3rd Century, relates an incident where three villains conspire to swear false testimony against Narcissus, the Bishop of Jerusalem. All three invoked a different consequence to befall them as they swore upon the Church. One, upon penalty of perishing by fire, the second, upon penalty of pestilence and the third by loss of eyesight. I need not relay the outcome.

In another symbolic oath, this one in Siberia, a bear’s head was brought into court and the witness would mimic eating the bear, with the understood meaning that ‘If I lie, may I be devoured by the beast in like manner’. Later, oaths were sworn to deities on pain of divine retribution. In the Roman tradition, Senators, for example, swore upon an ‘Oath Stone’ to the god Jupiter as a pledge of faithfulness to their office.

The practice of lifting one’s Right hand in the affirmation of an oath began with the Biblical patriarch Abraham and indeed, Jehovah Himself. “For I lift up my hand to Heaven and say, I live for ever” – Deuteronomy 32:40. Pledges to strive unto death in battle were made upon consecrated weapons by many ancient warriors as well as knights in the Middle Ages. The promise of faithful service to the Feudal lord was called the Oath of Fealty. As noted before, the oath was a very solemn proceeding; it was an appeal to God, by which a man called down on himself divine punishment if he swore falsely. The words spoken were along these lines:

“I promise on my faith that I will in the future be faithful to the lord, never cause him harm and will observe my homage to him completely against all persons in good faith and without deceit.”

The Hittites from the 16th century B.C., had a military oath for commanders as discovered by archeologists on Cuneiform tablets. The inscriptions illustrate the dire consequences of failing to uphold the oaths and are thought to be typical of others among the Indo-European early cultures. They depict both a declaration and an affirmation in agreement with the penalties prescribed for the failure to uphold them.

In the modern era, our testimony is ‘sworn in’ in the Courtroom and University undergrads swear to not cheat or abet those who do. One could say that Marriage vows are a form of oath as well. Legal Immigrants also pledge an oath. To Illegals (and their employers), however, “Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law”, to quote the infamous, Mr. Crowley. That is also the standard for behavior at the White House and ‘Justice’ Department these days.

Which brings us to the last world Superpower – America. The Military Oath originated with the Continental Congress of June 14, 1775, with two distinct oaths, one for enlisted soldiers and another for Officers. It was later codified by the new Congress together with the Constitution in 1789. Here, is the text of the current Military Oath:

THE MILITARY OATH OF ALLEGIANCE

I, do 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, and I will obey all orders of the President of the United States and the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the code of military justice. I take this oath without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. So help me God.

Jim Eblen comments on the meaning of that oath to him:

“I took that oath early in the morning on February 2, 1948. For twenty years I lived up to that oath, then upon my retirement and being debriefed I felt relieved of this obligation. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no time limit on the oath. Since there is no time limit, I am still obligated to the oath.

Next I realize I am under oath only to the Constitution without question and under all conditions. I am also obligated to The President and officers as modified. Modifications come later, but first let us understand the magnitude of defending the Constitution. The oath says I must defend the Constitution, not the nation, not the people, not the central government and not the state governments.

The oath specifies only two types of enemies: foreign and domestic. These are the only two types of enemies that can destroy the Constitution according to the oath. It has been proven that the American military can and does win over foreign enemies, and it is done without plunder or enslavement of the enemy. On the other hand it has become abundantly clear the Constitution has many domestic enemies. It began a century ago, and they have grown bolder each year. Now, a century later they are so emboldened it has become intolerable.

The first three paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence provide the operations plan necessary to protect and defend the Constitution against these intolerable conditions. Some of these domestic enemies protest that the Constitution is outdated and therefore can be ignored. NOT TRUE.

Procedures are set forth within the Constitution to update and change it. Use those procedures. Until then each and every one is obligated to obey the supreme law of the land. Every patriot is obligated to take the same action as our forefathers. They took it to obtain freedom. We must do likewise to protect that freedom.

The part of the oath to obey The President and the officers appointed over them is contained in the oath “according to regulations and the code of military justice.” For those of us that attended “Commander’s Call” each month realize the word “orders” is modified with the adverb “lawful”. In addition, the code specifies orders cannot be followed if they are contrary to the Constitution.”

As Jim points out, all elected officials from the 3 branches of the Federal government all the way down to your local city council members are obligated to recite an oath of office.   Lysergus of Athens (d. 324 B.C.), held that “it is the oath which holds democracy together”.  Actually, he most likely meant that it is the spirit of commitment to honor and keep the oath and the system of laws – that are the foundation of democracies.  Oathkeepers is an organization of active and retired Military and Law Enforcement professionals dedicated to the premise of maintaining allegiance to the Rule of Law and in defense of the Constitution.

What we have now are ‘lawmakers’ who violate their oaths to preserve and defend the Constitution.  We also have judges at every level who do the same.  Even worse, we have a man who outright lied about his lawful qualifications to occupy the highest law of the land, sitting in the White House in the role of an imposter and usurper.  And Congress, has not the courage to confront this travesty. Can there be any wonder that Americans have a ‘crisis of confidence’?

The Founding Fathers placed within the Constitution, a method of remediation. Any and all that violate their oath of office are to be removed from office.

Article I, Section 3

Clause 6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Clause 7: Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party, (defendant), convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

All office holders, whether they be members of Congress, Chief Executives or Judges are subject to removal from office for failing to uphold their pledge under the law.  Based on this, most Federal office holders in Washington D.C. should excuse themselves.

Until a good housecleaning takes place, we no longer appear to be that ‘Shining City upon a Hill’.

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