About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Responses - WSJ Letter Published - Oath To Uphold The Constitution

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.

---Response #1---

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.

---Response #2---

Doug - WELL DONE and WELL SAID!  See, Ol' Ben wasn't always right.  God bless you.

---Response #3---

This is so true!

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