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Keeping Your Oath

December 14, 2009

This is the Oath I swore:

“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 that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

the “Officers appointed over me” have an even more direct oath – specifically “that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

Police officers, fire fighters, national guardsmen and public servants all the way up to the President of the United states all take an oath with one thing never changing – that FIRST and FOREMOST, we will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Now Stewart Rhodes has taken the time and effort to remind us that there are consequences to taking this oath.  That we have a duty that comes before anything the President commands, before the requirements of officers, before congress’ dictates and most certainly before the requirements of political expediency.  He reminds us that some orders are NOT LAWFUL – and that we are bound by our oath NOT to follow them.

He has listed them at his site – Oath Keepers:

OATH KEEPERS: ORDERS WE WILL NOT OBEY

Click here to read full length version.

1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.

2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people

3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control.”

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.

10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

Tomorrow is Bill of Rights day – the anniversary of the day the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution were ratified.  If you are NOT under the oath, take time to consider what you are guaranteed by this bill and what you stand to lose as it is eroded away.  if you ARE under the oath, consider taking a stand.  Spread the word that your oath is more than just a litany mouthed to get and keep a government job or serve in the military and that you take it seriously.  Submit a testimonial – add your voice to the throng of supporters and increase the resonation and maybe it will shake some sense into someone in Washington.  If you are in a position to do so, consider joining oath keepers and maybe even donating a little extra for a good cause.  I can’t say it will matter in the end, but I CAN say that the cause is worth supporting.

Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.

P. J. O’Rourke

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