This is the fourteenth Blog in a series regarding the state of leadership in America. This Blog asks the question, should all citizens take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States? The President, Vice President, Federal Government officials and employees from the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches, the military, State officials plus individuals sworn in as new citizens all must take an oath supporting the Constitution. This requirement has its genesis in Articles II and VI of the Constitution. Our forefathers clearly saw the need for an oath because it was the first law passed by the very first Congress. Taking the oath established a publicly sworn personal pledge and accountability. Given the historical significance of the oath, shouldn’t we as citizens, all take a public oath similar to the following example: “I,[name], do solemnly swear(or affirm) the 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 take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. So help me God.” I personally took an oath comparable to this one when I went into the US Army as an officer and then again as a Federal Government employee. As citizens of this great Republic, I believe that we all have a personal and collective duty to protect and defend the Constitution. I can make an argument that since our Republic is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, as citizens we are therefore all government officials in a fundamental sense and thus subject to the requirement to take an oath to support and defend the Constitution. To me the oath formalizes our citizenship, our belonging to one nation and an appreciation of the freedoms and rights guaranteed by the Constitution. I believe that this is worth swearing to and fighting for.
Do you agree that all citizens of the United States should take an oath to support and defend the Constitution? If not, please explain why not.