Thanks to everyone who responded to the subject message that pointed out that it is officers of each branch of government that are equally bound to uphold the Constitution - not just the Justices on the Supreme Court as is popularly thought today after decades of statist brainwashing.
Since the original writing I have learned from you that General Washington required all officers to take an oath pledging fidelity to America & that during the Civil War Congress required a similar pledge of civil servants & of course there is a military service oath taken by all of our volunteers including me in January 1969.
Response #1 below shows us there is also an oath taken when you register to vote in Vermont. Response #2 indicates that Dr. Franklin was not always right - but in this context until the Civil War I'm sure he was not disappointed in the least.
Congratulations, Doug, this is superb. Everyone recites that oath, but few pause to reflect on what it actually means. And it means exactly what you say.
In Vermont, when you register to vote for the first time, you must swear the Freeman's Oath (Article 42 of the Vermont State Constitution):
You solemnly swear (or affirm) that whenever you give your vote or suffrage, touching any matter that concerns the State of Vermont, you will do it so as in your conscience you shall judge will most conduce to the best good of the same, as established by the Constitution, without fear or favor of any person.
I found swearing this to a nice, middle-aged lady in the DMV, genuinely moving. I really do remember it when I vote. And while I probably wouldn't vote any differently, it bolsters the spirit to remember you pledged to put the good of Vermont above personal interests.
Doug - WELL DONE and WELL SAID! See, Ol' Ben wasn't always right. God bless you.