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. Article II, Section I, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution
I try to stay away from writing about politics, but these are troubled times here in the US. Over 100,000 have died from the covid, and 40,000,000 have lost their jobs. Mistrust, angst, and anxiety have lit the dark skies over many major cities. Thousands of citizens have taken to the streets, and sadly hundreds seized the opportunity to loot and create mayhem. These awful greedy people do not care about a cause other than their own selfish wants. There are deeply frightening divides in the country. The dark side and the light side are struggling for the upper hand. A pessimist would fear the worst and imagine more disaster is yet to come. But these difficult times require us to double our efforts to be positive and shine with a positive light for ourselves and others.
I became angry the other day when I saw members of our military use force to prevent the free exercise of citizens’ freedoms, and to expel members of the clergy from their church. It feels as if the soul of the country is being rendered down to its constituent components for the benefit of a single person who embodies selfishness, greed, and darkness. But aligned against the darkness are the foundational words of our great nation. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (Preamble to the Constitution)
What some people in power have forgotten, is the shield of the First Amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. One of my ancestors was at Valley Forge with General George Washington fighting to establish America. Those officers being asked to send their troops into America’s streets need to remember the foundations of America and the oath they swore when they put on the uniform: I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God United States Uniformed Services Oath of Office
America was founded on the ideas of Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness (Declaration of Independence). I have to believe the country change for the better. We cannot get discouraged. Listening to members of the clergy, former military leaders, President Obama, and so many more, have shined the bright lights of hope and optimism into the gloomy times. Strangely alongside the churning darkness, there are growing signs of optimism everywhere out there on the streets clouded with teargas. In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning. – Carl Sandburg Peace.