An Oath Betrayed, A Duty Ignored

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There is a crisis in our land. It is like the tentacles of evil, reaching out and grasping at the heaving breasts of human souls, entwining and twisting its slippery arms around their minds and their thoughts. It is a crisis of the spirit of a nation, and the collapsing faith and conviction of those who questioned the road America was on.

AN OATH BETRAYED, A DUTY IGNORED

By Al Garcia

There is a crisis in our land.  It is like the tentacles of evil, reaching out and grasping at the heaving breasts of human souls, entwining and twisting its slippery arms around their minds and their thoughts.  It is a crisis of the spirit of a nation, and the collapsing faith and conviction of those who questioned the road America was on.

Prior to assuming the office of the Presidency, a person takes an oath, whose words have been uttered by others before him.  The oath reads as follows: "I do solemnly swear 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.” The words, “So help me God” were added later, in the late 1800s, and is an “option” not a requirement of the oath.

 

Our Congressional leaders have a more substantive oath they recite upon taking office: “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; 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.” Again, with the words “So help me God” an optional choice.

For generations, America and Americans have heard those words uttered by distinguished men and women, vowing to serve our country in advancing the ideals of our democracy.  They were words of solace that solidified a time-honored compact of man and idea, the idea being the fragile and elusive concept of democracy itself.  I say “they were” words of solace.  For they are now forgotten words and forgotten goals.

Today, the frailty and delicacy of our democracy cannot be more visible or discernable, thanks mostly to the actions and inactions of the men and women in the office of the Presidency and the Congress, who each took solemn oaths of office, that pretend to preside over the legacy of men like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy, or Henry Clay, Andrew Stevenson, Sam Rayburn, to name just a few.  There used to be a sense of reverence and even veneration by the men and women assuming the highest offices in our land.  That is now gone.

Replacing the once dignified and noble offices -- from the Presidency to the leadership in Congress, to the rank and file in the House and in the Senate – is a amalgam of incompetence, greed, ignorance, and even down right treachery.  And I, like many Americans, watch in dismay and revulsion.

And all we can do is sit and wait.  Wait for the daily disruptions to the business of governing, and watch and listen to the bickering, the bullying, finger pointing, and the lies.  It is offensive.  It is mentally and physically exhausting.  But most of all, it is a betrayal of the trust and confidence we as a people, placed on these individuals – from the President to the Congress, and everyone in between.  It is a dereliction of their duties.  It is a betrayal of their oath and a betrayal of themselves.  

Never before in our history have our national leaders been blatantly asked to come together and “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” They have not answered the call.  They are failing, and we are losing our grip on a democracy that is unraveling before us.  And still the pleas go unanswered, and even ignored.

There is a malignancy that must be excised.  The symptoms are evident.  The outcome, if not resolved, is fatal for our democracy.  But, like all diseases and afflictions, it must be acknowledged before it can cured.  Unfortunately, there is that persistent and immovable body of resistance and absolute defiance that refuses to see or accept the truth of the malignancy.

We are a nation at risk of jeopardizing our unity and our loyalty, based on made-up facts and figures, and self-manufactured crisis.  It’s like living with a President and a Congress with “political” Munchausen Syndrome – they manufacture crises and attempt to resolve them, as a means to show their strength and leadership.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work.  Just ask the hundreds of children still held in captivity after being abducted from their parents at our border as a show of American “force and strength.”

Our civil servants have betrayed their oaths and the duties of their office.  And Americans and the world watch and wait to see whether democracy prevails or whether America will be joining the nations of the world who export bananas and rebellion.


Submitted: June 24, 2021

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JE Falcon aka JEF

Well said.

Thu, June 24th, 2021 1:20am

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Thanks for reading it.

Wed, June 23rd, 2021 6:47pm

Bert Broomberg

A very interesting essay. I enjoyed reading it.

Tue, June 29th, 2021 1:42pm

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