Presidential “Oath of Office”?
This is the “oath” that each president recites in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution (and I believe any elected/appointed government official) swears to, on a bible no less:
“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.”
Giving one’s oath is giving one’s word on something. The greatest test of a person’s character, in my opinion, is how true to his/her word he/she really is. I don’t know about you, but I actually expect, and hold, our elected officials to keeping their word/oath of office. Should they fail that, I can’t possibly trust them, let alone respect them. I’m not talking about not meeting promises made on the campaign trail, because we all know they’ll say things they think we want to hear to get our vote. I do however, expect them to live up to the oath they swear to.
I actually expect our president to be a beacon of light, a shining example, of the foundations this country was built on. I’m actually still naive enough to expect them to be honest and trustworthy. To represent our country in its best light. The current president has not done that, in fact the entire current administration, congress, senate, etc. have all failed miserably and have managed to totally destroy what little trust I had left for our government.
THIS sums up Bush’s true feelings about our country:
Bush on the Constitution: ‘It’s just a goddamned piece of paper’
Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.
Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.
GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
“I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”
“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”
“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”
I’ve talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution “a goddamned piece of paper.”
And, to the Bush Administration, the Constitution of the United States is little more than toilet paper stained from all the shit that this group of power-mad despots have dumped on the freedoms that “goddamned piece of paper” used to guarantee.
To add insult to injury:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, while still White House counsel, wrote that the “Constitution is an outdated document.”
What I want to know is why NO ONE in Congress or any other branch of the government was disturbed enough by this to do something? Why are WE allowing our elected officials to continually condone via doing nothing, the shredding of our constitution.
There was something running around the internet, still is I believe, that we may as well just give our constitution to Irag since we’re not using it anymore. It would be funny if it weren’t so true.
WE the people, need to wake up!