Elected officials should take heed of oath
by Donald Conkey, columnist
March 06, 2014 12:00 AM | 1525 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Over time the Tribune has run numerous stories, often front page, showing different men and women here in Cherokee County being sworn into public office. Often these elected officials take their oath of office with one hand placed on their family Bible, intending, I believe, to show obedience also to His higher law.

At times, when I read of the corruption going on in government, especially at the higher levels of government, I wonder if these newly elected leaders fully understand the seriousness of the oath of office they had just taken. Is it akin to the presidential oath of office? I believe it is.

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states the Oath of Office the president must take prior to entering office. It reads: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

For all other elected officials Article VI of the Constitution declares “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executives and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support the Constitution …” of the United States of America.

After watching Barack Obama implement his “fundamental change” of America for five years I believe he took his Oath of Office with “tongue in cheek” — both times. He had, I believe, no intention of adhering to that Oath of Office he took “to faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States.” Fundamental change has come, but not the kind of change his supporters, or even his opponents, ever dreamed possible in a short five-year period.

Certainly few would have seen five years ago Obama’s boldness in embracing the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House, declared enemies of Americans while hoping to declare Sharia the law of the land; or take on the Catholic Church in an open battle over “freedom of conscience” that initiated a letter read from the every Catholic pulpit on January 29, 2012, that in essence declared that the Catholic Church would not comply with the Obama administration’s latest efforts to force Obama’s “fundamental changes” down the throat of America’s religious people.

This opposition continues today as Catholic Nuns in Colorado have recently taken Obamacare to court and won a stay regarding Obamacare’s implementation.

In addition to uniting America’s religious community as never before, Obama has succeeded in uniting the states as seldom before. Obama’s administration faces serious opposition as 25 of the needed 38 states have come together to call for a Constitutional Convention. Time will only tell whether this movement will succeed, but the division over the implementation of Obamacare has only begun. It is beginning to escalate as Americans begin to learn how much their insurance premiums are escalating.

But there is another constitutional clause that every elected official who takes an Oath “to support the Constitution” should be aware of. This clause defines treason and is found in Article III, Section 3 and reads: “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Benedict Arnold became famous because he gave “Aid and Comfort” to America’s enemy during the Revolutionary War. Many today wonder if there are Benedict Arnolds in this administration giving “Aid and Comfort” to America’s enemies today.

Another question: would any modern-day Benedict Arnolds not be traitors as much as was Benedict Arnold in 1780. Another question. Whose responsibility is it to root out modern-day Benedict Arnolds? Is it not those who have taken a solemn “Oath” to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?” I think most Americans would agree it is.

These are the people who are the watchmen of America’s precious freedoms, and those freedoms take precedence over friendship. America’s foundation was firmly anchored to the principles of liberty the Founders found in the Judeo-Christian Bible and on this foundation was built a nation that became a beacon of liberty to the enslaved of the world, a nation that drew people from all nations around the world to its shores — regardless of their religious beliefs.

Destroy this foundation and you destroy America. Elected officials should always remember their Oath of Office is to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.



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March 06, 2014
Oh to have your worms eye view of history.
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