What’s In An Oath?

Written by Jim Bowman

It is obvious that even in our President’s own Republican Party, there are more than just a few disgruntled from the election results.  But what causes such discontent from within the winning party?  Our first President, George Washington warned against the “spirit of the party.”   Of course his time was way too soon to caution against the woes from “the establishment” hierarchy but both in these modern times go hand in hand.

What is not only being permitted but supported in a bi-partisan fashion, since the silence is deafening in the Republican ranks, is this Mueller led investigation into what hasn’t even been discovered.  This, in combination with media efforts to falsely accuse with “gotcha” styled journalism, has superseded the normality of any proper investigation.

Previously, evidence of a possible crime provided “probable cause” so that warrants and other investigative tools could be employed.  Now, with this former FBI paragon of virtue charging away, all such essentials have been ignored since in the end, this political vendetta to discredit and hopefully rid Washington of a Presidential outsider is what it’s all about!  And all the while, Trump’s supposed loyal Republican cast remains tongue tied or at least obliging.

However, members from both sides of the political spectrum take an oath of office.  And it is to this that they should be held accountable.  Now refresh with the following:

All those federally elected take this oath of office: Do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter: So help you God?  Their answer is “I do.”

What recourse do we have when electing a public servant which reneges on his or her sworn duties?  Accountability to one’s office and to those one represents is enshrined within one’s sworn oath of office.  Without adherence to one’s word, all else is lost; as now is the case too often.

This is what is happening in Congress today and I for one am sick and tired of this Congressional stalemate based upon revenge.  Consider the facts from a Wall Street Journal editorial, “Mr. Trump has made 18 nominations to appellate courts, 39 to district courts and three to the U.S. Federal Claims.  The Senate has confirmed only four for the appellate courts…”

This has gotten to the point of outright refusal to perform one’s obligated duties.  Such blatant defiance echoes thoughts of disloyalty while both staining the public’s trust and diminishing the effectiveness of our Federal authority.  As such, this unrelenting refusal to perform, or of you will, this silent rebellion, against official duties etched within one’s oath of office must be addressed if only as directed by and for the support of our Constitution and the overall well being our Nation.

We as a free people expect a different result, one that at least serves if not enhances our Country and her citizens.  If not addressed and improved, the American voter, you know, that “necessary” every other year “evil,” could and should embark upon a six year revamping of any and all questionable representation.

Obviously, the most crucial element in this undertaking is the search for the highest character qualities in those selected.  However, as Trump has so clearly illustrated, our quest may be best served by skipping over those holding political science degrees or who have risen through the lower rungs of politics!  In fact, it might be advisable to delve into working America since by its very nature, things do get accomplished!

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About the author

Jim Bowman

Retired, grandfather, 71 years old, Vietnam vet, author of This Roar of Ours, over 25 year of published op/eds.

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