Oath Keepers and Oath Takers: Does It Really Matter?

March 11, 2010

America is awash in talk about the US Constitution. Tenth Amendment organizations (tenthamendmentcenter.com) have popped up in all 50 states, all making the case that the Federal Government has overstepped its bounds and violated the Constitution.

The organization called Oath Keepers (OathKeepers.org) is making inroads into the active military, retired military and law enforcement communities, reminding them that they swore an oath to defend the Constitution. Their greatest concern is that a rogue Federal Government will issue direct orders to military and law enforcement personnel to violate the civil rights of American civilians on American soil.

But, why does anybody care about the US Constitution? It’s been DEAD for at least 150 years.

Many governmental employees swear an oath before beginning their government service. Many of the oaths taken contain the words, “support, protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Let’s take a moment and get real familiar with the most well-known oaths used in the United States.

Oath of Enlistment – Military

“I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.”

Presidential Oath of Office

“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.”

Congressional Oath of Office, FBI, CIA, etc.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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: So help me God.”

Supreme Court Oath of Office

According to Title 28, Chapter I, Part 453 of the United States Code, each Supreme Court Justice takes the following oath:

“I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

I’ve asked many active duty military as well as former military personnel about their oaths of service. I asked them specifically if they were required to sign their names on a document that contained the words of the Oath of Service. So far, I have not found one individual who actually signed an Oath of Service. They tell that they were required to raise their right hand and repeat the oath as it was spoken to them.

Everybody who takes an oath pledges to support and defend the US Constitution. With all these millions of individuals taking solemn oaths, you might think that the US Constitution is widely respected and revered.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

To whom are these persons pledging the oath? I submit that the oath is made to nobody. There is no agreement, no consent nor any other document that binds these oath takers to any other person or group of persons. It’s all verbal…all spoken into the wind, as it were.

If I walked out onto the Marietta Town Square on a July 4th holiday, and proclaimed with a bullhorn to the thousands of people gathered there with whom I have no contract, and loudly took an oath that I would enforce the laws of Canada, or France, or Thailand, or Brazil upon them…that oath has absolutely no validity in matters of law or reason. They would think me daft, and I would likely be escorted from the premises by police. Yet, in a like manner, men who are elected President of the United States stand on a platform on a cold January day once every four years and recite an Oath of Office in precisely the same manner. Young men and women, many still in their teen years, raise their right hands and take an oath before entering military service. Congressmen do it, FBI agents do it and local law enforcement personnel do it too. Even Supreme Court justices do it.

Please understand that in order for an oath to have any validity, there must exist a written agreement between the oath taker and the oath receiver. This is the most basic rule of law, and finds its roots in English law from the Magna Carta on into the present world of common law.

The United States Constitution is a dead document. Contrary to the ubiquitous knowledge of nearly every American citizen, no government exists that relies on any consent, compact, treaty or agreement of the “people of the United States” with each other. There is no written lawful document of any kind that binds Americans to each other or to their Federal Government.

The US Constitution did not create a new nation, as there is not one word in the Constitution that names the “United States” as a separate legal entity from the sovereign states. The states created a management company of sorts, much like a group of property owners would do. They gave the management company strictly limited powers, but did not sign over the deeds to their property, so to speak. The states meant to remain the principals, and have their Washington management company handle various duties under the careful watch of the states.

Furthermore, the wording of the Constitution reinforces the sovereignty of the states. Here is Article III, Section 3: “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against THEM, or in adhering to THEIR enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” If the United States were an entity, the proper pronoun to describe the United States would be “it,” not “them” or “their.”

And another point needs to be made…there is not one word in the Constitution that shows any intent of the Framers that this Constitution was supposed to be perpetual. But if you look into the document that preceded the Constitution…the Articles of Confederation,they actually mentioned “perpetuity.” Article XIII states “And that the Articles thereof shall be inviolably observed by the States we respectively represent, and that the Union shall be perpetual.” It matters little, since neither you nor I can obligate our children to agreements that we make during our lifetimes by simply assenting verbally to them. If our children want to assume our obligations legally, they must do it in writing with their signatures affixed.

It is a tragedy of immense proportions that in today’s America, most people consider that the USA is “one nation, under God….and indivisible.”

The only government that exists in Washington DC is a few individuals who act in league with each other, called by various names such as president, representative, senator, judge, general, colonel, captain, admiral, or secretary, to name but a few. They can show no credentials that they have any legal relationship to the people of the United States. They were never duly hired or appointed as representatives or agents of any single citizen or group of citizens. They cannot identify their principals, since principals do not exist. The secret ballots that placed them in office obliterate any connection to any principal. They bear no personal responsibility for their acts. They plunder, rob and murder the people living in the United States. They rob them of their property at threat of death, and restrict their liberty in like manner.

As the group of people that call themselves “the US Federal Government,” or “The United States of America,” they assert their right to absolute dominion and ownership of the people living in the United States.

I strongly urge you to pick up a copy of the US Constitution and read it for yourself. Then, with the Constitution in one hand, read Lysander Spooner’s “No Treason” for yourself.

Prove me wrong, dear friends.

The bottom line is this: If the US Constitution is dead, and has no authority, all of this squawking and rallying and “GlennBeckin” is just exactly what our enemies want…yet another sleight-of-hand magician’s trick to keep the population distracted from understanding what the real thing is. The criminals in DC understand Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” and the Tea Partyers don’t.

This rogue government cannot be fixed, and it cannot be controlled by the states. The only solution for liberty is to leave.

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